The UK has one of the world’s largest aviation industries.
In 2017, UK airlines flew nearly 1.3 million flights carrying over 162 million
passengers with our airspace system handling over 2.45 million flights. We also
have an extensive general aviation community which includes private flying,
microlights and balloons. All have an excellent aviation safety record. One
reason for this is the open reporting of incidents. Known in the aviation
industry as occurrences, these cover virtually any kind of safety related
incident and are reported to the CAA on a daily basis. They can range from an
overheating oven in an aircraft cabin to an aircraft accident. The majority of
serious incidents and accidents are reported by General Aviation or other
non-commercial areas of the aviation community. Reports primarily cover the UK
industry but do include UK-registered aircraft operating outside the UK. The
reports are shared extensively in the aviation industry which allow the CAA and
others to analyse trends so that we and others can take action to prevent
By establishing and maintaining safety partnerships with
other nations, we have contributed to the improvement of the safety performance
of non-UK operators in UK airspace and maintained or improved the safety of UK
citizens and UK operators flying overseas.
The data on these pages provides a summary of the
occurrences reported, with more detail on some specific areas.
If you are involved in aviation there are many avenues for
you to make reports to enhance safety. Details of each are available on our reports and
There were no fatalities or serious injuries involving commercial air transport.
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