Air India has been rated the world’s third least safe airline after China Airlines and TAM Airlines, according to a report from a website that monitors plane crashes around the world.
India’s national carrier is ranked 58th among 60 listed airlines by Hamburg-based Jet Airliner Crash Data Evaluation Centre (JACDEC).
Finnair is now the world’s safest airline, followed by Air New Zealand, Cathay Pacific and Emirates, according to JACDEC Safety Ranking 2012.
None of the top nine ranked airlines had lost an aircraft or had a fatality during the 30-year period, but many had also not been active for the full 30 years.
Not one North American carrier made the top 10 list, but none of them made the bottom 10 either.
The centre calculates its annual rankings based on aircraft loss accidents and serious incidents over the past 30 years. The resulting index relates that information to the revenue per passenger kilometer (rpk) earned by the airline over the same period.
There were 496 fatalities on commercial passenger flights last year, according to the report, two fewer than in 2011.
The most significant involved a Dana Air flight which crashed in Nigeria, killing 169 people, and a Bhoja Air flight which crashed in Pakistan, killing 127.
A total of 30 planes were destroyed and there were 44 “hull losses”, or aircraft write-offs, one less than the previous year.