LOME, Togo - Africa accounts for only 4 percent of the world’s air traffic but nearly a third of the world’s air disasters occur on the continent, a top aviation official said, and the dismal situation has prompted aviation officials to tighten safety standards and collaborate on crash investigations.
In a three-day meeting in this West African capital, aviation officials from across the continent decided Thursday to form regional organizations to investigate all air crashes, said Latta Gnama, director of the Civil Aviation Organization of Togo.
Officials say Africa’s disproportionate share of aircraft disasters is often attributed to bad equipment, poor maintenance, and failure to adhere to safety standards.
Poor infrastructure and emergency response services in many African countries can lead to greater fatalities.
Congo has experienced more fatal crashes than any other African country since 1945, according to the Aviation Safety Network. There have been more than 20 fatal plane crashes in Congo since 1996.