Mining flights see dramatic decrease in accidents

The Flight Safety Foundation has helped to reduce the risk of aircraft accidents in the global onshore resources sector, with contract aviation accidents already on a downward trend.

According to the foundation, the decrease in accidents in the sector since 2012 aligns with the 10th anniversary of its Basic Aviation Risk Standard (BARS) program.

It was developed in collaboration with 12 Australian and American resource and mining companies to monitor the safety risks of contracted aircraft operators.

“The Flight Safety Foundation developed the first Basic Aviation Risk Standard in collaboration with 12 Australian and American resource and mining companies to provide a more efficient means of monitoring, assessing and analysing safety risks associated with contracted aircraft operators,” BARS program managing director David Anderson said.

He added that contract aircraft accidents rose when mining activity increased, but the BARS program remained “integral” to maintaining the downward trend in accidents in the Asia Pacific region.

“Evidence shows that the number of contract aircraft accidents increases when activity in the mining sector surges,” Anderson said.

“With production and sales of iron ore expected to increase significantly in Australia over the next six months, proper risk management will be even more important in maintaining this downward trend in contract aviation accidents.”