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Joint African Force Tackling Jihadists In the Sahel

European Union To Give Sahel Force Funding Boost

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European leaders will Friday give a financial boost to a joint African force tackling jihadists in the Sahel at an international conference in Brussels, as fresh violence highlights the region’s fraught security situation.

The European Union will announce €50 million for the G5 Sahel force at talks with heads of state from Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger, adding to around €280 million already pledged by international donors.

The high-level meeting attended by French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel comes after two soldiers from France’s counter-terrorism force in West Africa were killed Wednesday when their vehicle struck a mine in northeastern Mali.

It was the latest in a surge of attacks underscoring the challenge facing the five countries, among the poorest in the world, which are on the frontline of a war against Islamist militants.

An EU official warned of a “deteriorating security situation” in Mali, with “daily attacks”.

The G5 force needs more funds to help it reach its target of 5,000 properly trained and equipped troops to patrol hotspots and restore authority in lawless areas.

As well as fighting militants, the force also tackles smuggling and illegal immigration networks that operate in the vast, remote areas on the margins of the Sahara.

The force has so far set up a headquarters and command structure and carried out two operations, with French support, in the troubled “tri-border” area where Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso meet.
Opération Barkhane

Intended to become fully operational in mid-2018, the G5 Sahel force operates alongside France’s 4,000 troops in the area and the UN’s 12,000-strong MINUSMA peacekeeping operation in Mali.

“We expect in 2018 that we will be delivering more in terms of body armour, counter-IED material, trucks and even a hospital which will be built, we think, in Mali later this year,” an EU official said.

The G5 force needs more funds to help it reach its target of 5,000 properly trained and equipped troops to patrol hotspots and restore authority in lawless areas.

As well as fighting militants, the force also tackles smuggling and illegal immigration networks that operate in the vast, remote areas on the margins of the Sahara.

The force has so far set up a headquarters and command structure and carried out two operations, with French support, in the troubled “tri-border” area where Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso meet.

Intended to become fully operational in mid-2018, the G5 Sahel force operates alongside France’s 4,000 troops in the area and the UN’s 12,000-strong MINUSMA peacekeeping operation in Mali.

Keep the pressure up

Friday’s conference in Brussels aims to secure more international funding for the force. Donations so far have been led by Saudi Arabia, which has given €100 million.

As well as 26 EU leaders and the United Nations, around a dozen other countries will be represented by foreign ministers including Saudi Arabia, Norway, Morocco and Tunisia.

Macron’s office said the fact so many countries were attending was “proof of the collective realisation of the Sahel’s importance for the stability of Africa and also Europe”.

“The priority is to keep the pressure up and develop the capacities of the national armies,” a French presidential official said, stressing that the G5 force was not an “exit strategy” for Operation Barkhane, France’s anti-jihadist mission in the region.

France, the former colonial power in the area, intervened militarily in Mali in 2013 to help government forces drive al-Qaeda-linked jihadists out of the north.

Within two weeks the Sunni radicals were flushed out of most urban areas but they continue to mount attacks from desert bases.

Violence spread from northern Mali to the centre and the south, and then spilled over into Burkina Faso and Niger.

Today, as the new force is starting to take shape, experts are warning that the jihadists are becoming more sophisticated in their operations.


[Source: EurActiv /AFP -/- Media Relations]
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US Police Officer Sentenced To Prison For Attempting To Help ISIS

Former Police Officer Sentenced for Attempting to Support ISIS

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Nicholas Young, 38, of Fairfax, Virginia, and a former police officer, was sentenced today to 15 years in prison for attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), a designated foreign terrorist organization, and obstruction of justice.

Assistant Attorney General for National Security John C. Demers, Acting U.S. Attorney Tracy Doherty-McCormick for the Eastern District of Virginia and Assistant Director in Charge Andrew W. Vale of the FBI’s Washington Field Office made the announcement after sentencing by U.S. District Judge Leonie M. Brinkema.

According to court records and evidence presented at trial, Young was formerly employed as a police officer with the Metro Transit Police Department.  In late July 2016, Young attempted to provide material support and resources to ISIS by purchasing and sending gift card codes that he believed would allow ISIS recruiters to securely communicate with potential ISIS recruits.

Between Dec. 3, 2015, and Dec. 5, 2015, Young attempted to obstruct and impede an official proceeding.  Specifically, Young believed an associate of his, who was actually an FBI confidential human source (CHS), had successfully joined ISIS in late 2014.  During an FBI interview, Young was told the FBI was investigating the attempt of his associate (the CHS) to join ISIS.  Nevertheless, in an attempt to thwart the prosecution of the CHS and himself, Young attempted to deceive investigators as to the destination and purpose of the CHS’s travel.

Additionally, in November 2014, Young attempted to obstruct, influence and impede an official proceeding of the Grand Jury by sending a text message to the CHS’s cell phone in order to make it falsely appear to the FBI that Young believed that the CHS had left the United States to go on vacation in Turkey.  In actuality, Young believed the CHS had gone to Turkey and then to Syria in order to join and fight for ISIS.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Gordon D. Kromberg and John T. Gibbs, and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Evan Turgeon of the Eastern District of Virginia; and Trial Attorney David P. Cora of the National Security Division’s Counterterrorism Section prosecuted the case.

[Source: US Department of Justice -/- Media Relations]
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American And South Korean Marines Learn Jungle Survival Skills In Thailand

Cobra Gold 18: Allied Marines Learn Jungle Survival Skills

Sunlight peeks the as the Marines make their way through a dense and humid jungle. Rations and water have been consumed — there is no opportunity for resupply for several days. The Marines are hungry and thirsty. Yet, the Marines will continue on with their mission because they’ve had jungle survival training.

February 19th American and South Korean Marines were taught jungle survival skills by members of Thailand’s Marines

Learning Survival Skills

“Today we’re teaching jungle survival to U.S. and South Korea’s reconnaissance Marines,” said Royal Thai Marine Corps Master Sgt. Pairoj Prasansai, a jungle survival training instructor. “Survival is an important skill for all troops to learn, especially troops who may only have experience in urban combat but not in jungle survival.”

The class taught Marines basic skills to help them survive and thrive in a hot, dangerous environment.

“The course curriculum teaches troops how to find water sources, start fires, the differences and nonedible vegetation and finding vines suitable for consumption and ” Prasansai said. “They also learn about dangerous animals and insects — both venomous and nonvenomous — that are native to Thailand and are suitable to eat.”

Reconnaissance Marines gather vital intelligence and relay information up to command-and-control centers, enabling leaders to act and react to changes the battlefield. Recon troops operate deep into enemy territory with limited .

“We fight at any time and place,” said Marine Corps Sgt. Stephen South, who hails from Goodyear, Arizona, and is assigned to the  3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, 3rd Marine Division. “This training can be used during recon if we find ourselves far away from support options. Knowing what we can and can’t eat is very beneficial.”

Marines were given the opportunity to try some of the fruits, vegetables, herbs, insects animals that can be found in the jungle, and were shown how to safely capture, handle and consume both venomous and nonvenomous snakes.

Drinking Cobra Blood

“In the you can drink the blood of a snake to stay hydrated,” Prasansai told the Marines as he picked up a cobra. “Snakes can provide you with both the food and water you need to survive.”

After preparing the snake, students were given the opportunity to drink the cobra’s blood.

“It tastes like blood with a hint of fish,” Marine Corps Sgt. Christopher Fiffie, a 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, said.

Many students enjoyed the new experience and gained valuable knowledge to help them in the field.

“I’ve never done anything like this before, and I didn’t know you could eat most of those plants,” said Marine Corps Sgt. William Singleton, who hails from Franklin, Georgia, and is assigned to the 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, 3rd Marine Division.

“Seeing the different animals that you can eat is pretty mind-blowing. It will help us recognize [edible food sources] easier in the wilderness,” Singleton added.

[Source: Air Force Staff Sgt. Micaiah Anthony/III Marine Expeditionary Force/US DOD -/- Media Relations]
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Greek Austerity Measures Creating A New Poor Class

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San Diego, California – A Haven For Instagrammers

Instagrammable San Diego

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With scenic sun-drenched beaches, colorful neighborhoods, one-of-a-kind settings and a rich Hispanic heritage, San Diego is an Instagrammer’s dream. For many, sharing one’s vacation with their family, friends and followers is as much fun as the trip itself, and San Diego has plenty of worthy spots to make you and your followers swoon.

San Diego Skyline at Dawn

Below are 10 San Diego spots to add to your Instagram bucket list―and watch the easy likes roll in.

  • Perched high on the tip of Point Loma peninsula, Cabrillo National Monumentprovides Instagrammers spectacular images of the downtown skyline, Coronado, San Diego Bay and its many scenic marinas. On a clear sunny day, the distant hills of neighboring Tijuana, Mexico and the majestic Cuyamaca Mountains in San Diego’s rural East County are also in frame. As you stand in front of this spectacular backdrop with arms outstretched, nothing says more than “Hello from San Diego” to your many envious followers.
  • San Diego’s rich Hispanic heritage, culture and character visually come alive inChicano Park in the historic Barrio Logan neighborhood. Home to more than 60 bold colorful murals painted on the concrete support piers of the San Diego-Coronado Bridge in the middle of the park, the murals depict famous historic figures, Aztec symbols and the local community’s protest against the bridge’s construction in the 1960s. The Chicano Park murals were designated a National Historic Landmark in 2016 and are certain to move your followers with their powerful images and statements.
  • If you are hungry for Insta likes, Potato Chip Rock on the top of the Mt. Woodson summit in rural East County offers the perfect photo opportunity. Here, you can get some very creative images while striking a pose atop this unique rock formation as well as be rewarded with fantastic aerial shots of San Diego’s coastline. The summit hike is about four miles, and there are also other fascinating rocks to snap along the way that will whet your followers’ appetites.
  • Colorful stands of local produce, international foods and unique arts and crafts along with friendly faced vendors, street musicians and well-dress dogs are among the many images of the Little Italy Mercato you can snap to fill your next Insta feed. Held every Saturday morning throughout the year in downtown’s Little Italy, this popular farmer’s market is just one of many held daily in different neighborhoods around the region. Imagine yourself taking a selfie against the backdrop of local avocados, strawberries, oranges and peaches or sharing your first bite of live sea urchin, caught that morning from the Pacific.
  • There are never enough photos of food and drinks to satisfy most Instagram followers, and San Diego is certain to keep your feed – well, fed. San Diego’s unique Cali-Baja and Mexican cuisines provide platefuls of mouthwatering tacos, tamales, enchiladas and mole dishes that can found throughout the region, from trendy fine dining restaurants to unassuming neighborhood taco stands. Local favorites include Galaxy Taco, Puesto and Café Coyote. Complement your food photos with pics of massive, frosty fruit margaritas, a specialty in Old Town San Diego, or a flight of award-winning, local craft beers from one of the region’s 150+ breweries.
  • Set along downtown’s scenic Embarcadero, the majestic USS Midway Museumis a chance to capture your “active duty” in San Diego’s military community. Your Insta feed will be filled with images of unique exhibits ranging from climb-aboard aircraft to the engine room of this historic aircraft carrier. Afterwards, there is no better place to share a romantic moment with a loved one than embracing in front of the 25-foot statue of the famous WWII ‘Unconditional Surrender’ photo, located next to the museum.
  • With striking Spanish-Colonial Revival-style architecture, beautiful gardens, a stunning Botanical Building and Lily Pond, 17 museums and much more,Balboa Park provides countless photo opportunities for your Insta feed. The 1,200-acre urban cultural park is also home to the San Diego Zoo where hundreds of rare and exotic animals will capture your followers’ hearts. What’s more precious than a photo of a baby Giant Panda munching on a stalk of bamboo or an African elephant having its nails manicured by its personal zookeeper?
  • One-of-a-kind photos can be snapped at Queen Califia’s Magical Circle, located in Kit Carson Park in the inland city of Escondido. The only American sculpture garden created by the celebrated French-American sculpture Niki de Saint Phalle, Queen Califia’s Magical Circle consists of nine beautiful and whimsical large-scale sculptures and a playful “snake wall” adorned with brilliant, unique mosaic ornamentation. Instagrammers love to share their magical journey through this special garden as they capture Saint Phalle’s fantastic imagery.
  • Historic neon signs distinguish many of the city’s neighborhoods like Hillcrest and North Park, but none is more Instagrammable than downtown’s Gaslamp Quarter sign at night. Standing under the colorful sign, located at the entrance of the Gaslamp Quarter, says to your followers “I’m ready for action” in the numerous rooftop bars, nightclubs, pubs, music venues and other entertainment centers in the area. During the evening, you can fill your feed with photos of dancing with new friends, listening to live jazz ensembles, enjoying views of the skyline from a rooftop bar and taking a laugh-filled pedicab ride.
  • Instagrammers love the visually satisfying geometric lines of the Scripps Institute of Oceanography research pier along picturesque La Jolla Shores. Although the 1090 ft.-long pier is not open to the public, beachgoers stroll along the scenic shoreline and shoot their own perspectives of this mysterious and moody ocean tunnel view from underneath its wooden planks. To many, this is a San Diego pathway to a perfect vacation as well as a pathway to Instagram likes.

Sunset pier

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[Source: San Diego Tourism Authority -/- Media Relations]
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The US Navy Teams-Up With ‘Civilian Humanitarian Organizations’ For “Pacific Partnership Mission’

Pacific Partnership Enhances Regional Disaster Response Cooperation

US Navy 060618-N-6501M-010 The U.S. Military Sealift Command (MSC) Hospital Ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) sets sail for Sembawang, Singapore

The U.S. Navy will join allied and partner-nation militaries for the 13th Pacific Partnership mission, scheduled to start tomorrow.

This annual maritime operation will help improve disaster response preparedness, resilience and capacity while enhancing partnerships with participating nations and civilian humanitarian organizations throughout the Indo-Pacific region, officials said.

Pacific Partnership is the largest annual multilateral disaster response preparedness mission conducted in the Indo-Pacific region. This year’s mission will be led by Destroyer Squadron 31 and staff embarked on the hospital ship USNS Mercy and the expeditionary fast transport ship USNS Fall River, and will include more than 800 military and civilian personnel from the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, France, Peru and Japan.

USNS Fall River completes acceptance

Deepening Ties With Regional Partners

“Through Pacific Partnership we are deepening integral ties with our allies and partners across the Indo-Asia-Pacific region,” said Navy Rear Adm. Don Gabrielson, commander of Task Force 73, the executive agent for Pacific Partnership 2018.

“The challenges we face with natural and man-made disasters do not respect borders or national sovereignty,” Gabrielson added. “This dynamic mission enables many nations and subject-matter experts to come together to pursue solutions to complex problems while enhancing preparations for disaster emergencies that reduce the severity of their impact. The foundation of trust created through Pacific Partnership engagement helps foster a cooperative environment that encourages collaborative approaches to improving the lives and conditions for the people of this region and beyond.”

USNS Mercy will make mission stops in Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Malaysia and Vietnam, while USNS Fall River will visit Yap, Palau, Malaysia and Thailand. Medical, dental, civil engineering and veterinary teams will partner with each host nation to conduct civic-action projects, community health exchanges, medical symposiums and disaster response training activities.

US Navy 060816-N-3714J-094 Navy Chief Hospital Corpsman Chris Gallegos of San Diego, a member the Medical Treatment Facility aboard the U.S. Naval hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19), distributes stuffed animals to children

Engagements With Communities

Additional community relations engagements will occur in each mission stop to enhance relationships and camaraderie with citizens of the host nations. Following the mission stops, Mercy will also visit Japan during its return transit across the Pacific Ocean.

Engagements between Pacific Partnership 2018 participants and host nations are intended to improve capacity, enhance regional partnerships, and increase multilateral cooperation for preparedness.

“Our staff and team have come together to form a dynamic team of professionals, and we are ready to execute this mission and engage with our partners throughout the Indo-Pacific,” said Navy Capt. David Bretz, commodore of Destroyer Squadron 31. “We are excited about forging new friendships and deepening partnerships across the region.”

Pacific Partnership began in response to one of the world’s most catastrophic natural disasters: the December 2004 tsunami that devastated parts of South and Southeast Asia. The mission has evolved over the years from emphasis on direct care to an operation focused on enhancing partnerships through host nation subject matter expert and civil-military exchanges.
US Navy 060528-N-3714J-030 Navy Hospital Corpsman Lawrence Santos of Stockton, Calif., takes the pulse of a child aboard the Military Sealift Command (MSC) hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19)

Operation’s Distinctions

Pacific Partnership 2018 will have several other distinctions:

— A multinational command-and-control structure will be used to include a deputy mission commander from the United Kingdom and mission chief of staff from Australia;

— The mission will visit Sri Lanka for a second consecutive year to enhance ties with the Indian Ocean nation;

— Pacific Partnership will continue to leverage the U.S. National Action Plan on Women, Peace, and Security, a plan backed by Executive Order 13595 and U.N. Security Council Resolution 1325. Officials said integration of WPS into Pacific Partnership yields opportunities to engage with partner nations on the topic of gender integration and perspectives, as well as preparedness in dealing with vulnerable populations — women, children, elderly and disabled — during and in the aftermath of crises; and

— This year’s mission will return to Indonesia, Malaysia and Vietnam, where the United States continues its legacy of strong cooperation and defense ties with these nations.



[Source: Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Micah Blechner/Logistics Group Western Pacific/US DOD -/- Media Relations]
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The U.S. ‘Securities And Exchange Commission’ Charged Bitcoin-Denominated Platform With Fraud

The Securities and Exchange Commission today charged a former bitcoin-denominated platform and its operator with operating an unregistered securities exchange and defrauding users of that exchange.

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission headquarters

The SEC also charged the operator with making false and misleading statements in connection with an unregistered offering of securities.

The SEC alleges that BitFunder and its founder Jon E. Montroll operated BitFunder as an unregistered online securities exchange and defrauded exchange users by misappropriating their bitcoins and failing to disclose a cyberattack on BitFunder’s system that resulted in the theft of more than 6,000 bitcoins.The SEC also alleges that Montroll sold unregistered securities that purported to be investments in the exchange and misappropriated funds from that investment as well.

“We allege that BitFunder operated unlawfully as an unregistered securities exchange.  Platforms that engage in the activity of a national securities exchange, regardless of whether that activity involves digital assets, tokens, or coins, must register with the SEC or operate pursuant to an exemption.  We will continue to focus on these types of platforms to protect investors and ensure compliance with the securities laws,” said Marc Berger, Director of the SEC’s New York Regional Office.

“As alleged in the complaint, Montroll defrauded exchange users by misappropriating their bitcoins and failing to disclose a cyberattack on the exchange’s system and the resulting bitcoin theft.  We will continue to vigorously police conduct involving distributed ledger technology and ensure that bad actors who commit fraud in this space are held accountable,” said Lara S. Mehraban, Associate Regional Director of the SEC’s New York Regional Office.

The SEC’s complaint, filed in federal district court in Manhattan, charges BitFunder and Montroll with violations of the anti-fraud and registration provisions of the federal securities laws.  The complaint seeks permanent injunctions and disgorgement plus interest and penalties.

The SEC’s investigation was conducted by Daphna A. Waxman, Daphne Downes, and Valerie A. Szczepanik in the New York Regional Office.  Ms. Waxman and Ms. Szczepanik also are members of the SEC’s Distributed Ledger Working Group and the Enforcement Division’s Cyber Unit.  The litigation will be led by Dugan Bliss.  The case is being supervised by Lara S. Mehraban.

In a parallel criminal case, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York today filed a complaint against Montroll for perjury and obstruction of justice during the SEC’s investigation.  The SEC appreciates the assistance of the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

[Source: US SEC -/- Media Relations]
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IATA Releases 2017 Commercial Airlines Safety Performance Report

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) Released Data For The 2017 Safety Performance.

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The commercial airline industry showing continued strong improvements in safety.

  • The all accident rate (measured in accidents per 1 million flights) was 1.08, an improvement over the all accident rate of 1.68 in 2016 and the rate of 2.01 for the previous 5-year period (2012-2016).
  • The 2017 rate for major jet accidents (measured in jet hull losses per 1 million flights) was 0.11, which was the equivalent of one major accident for every 8.7 million flights. This was an improvement over the rate of 0.39 achieved in 2016 and also better than the five-year rate (2012-2016) of 0.33.
  • There were 6 fatal accidents with 19 fatalities among passengers and crew. This compares with an average of 10.8 fatal accidents and approximately 315 fatalities per year in the previous five-year period (2012-2016). In 2016 there were 9 fatal accidents and 202 fatalities.
  • None of the 6 fatal accidents involved a passenger jet. Five involved turboprop aircraft and one involved a cargo jet. The crash of the cargo jet also resulted in the deaths of 35 persons on the ground, as well as the crew of the jet.
  • IATA member airlines experienced zero fatal accidents or hull losses in 2017 with jet or turboprop equipment.

“2017 was a very good year for aviation safety. Some 4.1 billion travelers flew safely on 41.8 million flights. We saw improvements in nearly all key metrics—globally and in most regions. And our determination to make this very safe industry even safer continues. In 2017 there were incidents and accidents that we will learn from through the investigation process, just as we will learn from the recent tragedies in Russia and Iran. Complementing that knowledge are insights we can gain from the millions of flights that operate safety. Data from these operations is powering the development of predictive analytics that will eventually enable us to eliminate the conditions that can lead to accidents. The industry knows that every fatality is a tragedy. Our common goal is for every flight to take-off and land safely,” said Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s Director General and CEO.

2017 Safety Performance: 



5-year average (2012-2016)

On-board Fatalities ¡




Total Accidents




Fatal Accidents


9 ¡¡


Fatality Risk ¡¡¡




Fatal Accidents Passenger Flights




Fatal Accidents Cargo Flights 4 6 4.6

% of accidents involving fatalities




Jet hull losses 4 13 10
Jet hull losses with fatalities 1 4 3.4
Turboprop hull losses 9 7 15

Turboprop hull losses with fatalities




Almost all regions showed improvement in 2017 compared to the previous five years (2012-2016) as follows:

Jet hull loss rates by region of operator (per millions departures)



2012 – 2016




Asia Pacific



Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS)






Latin America and the Caribbean



Middle East and North Africa



North America



North Asia 0.00 0.00

The world turboprop hull loss rate was 1.30 per million flights, which was a deterioration from 1.01 in 2016 but an improvement over the five-year rate (2012-2016) of 2.18. All regions saw their turboprop safety performance improve in 2017 when compared to their respective five-year rates. Notwithstanding this, accidents involving turboprop aircraft represented 44% of all accidents in 2017 and 83% of fatal accidents.

Turboprop hull loss rates by region of operator (per million departures)




2012 – 2016




Asia Pacific



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Latin America and the Caribbean                     



Middle East and North Africa                        



North America



North Asia 0.00 8.73

Progress in Africa

Sub-Saharan Africa continued to make strong progress on safety. Airlines in the region had zero jet hull losses and zero fatal accidents involving jets or turboprops for a second consecutive year. Both the turboprop hull loss rate and the all accident rates declined against the average of the previous five years. However, the turboprop hull loss rate increased compared to 2016 (5.70 vs. 1.52). In turn, this largely was responsible for causing an increase in the all accident rate compared to 2016 (6.87 vs. 2.43).

“Airlines in Sub-Saharan Africa continued to improve their safety performance. The goal is to achieve world-class safety. For a second year in a row, airlines in the region experienced no passenger fatalities and no jet hull losses. But there is still a large gap to cover in the safety performance of the continent’s turboprop fleet. Global standards such as the IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) are making a difference. Counting all accidents, the performance of African airlines on the IOSA registry was more than three times better than non-IOSA airlines in the region. That’s why we continue to encourage African nations to incorporate IOSA and the IATA Standard Safety Assessment (ISSA) into their safety oversight systems. ISSA, which is intended for those carriers that are not eligible for IOSA, also offers a one-term opportunity to operators of aircraft that would otherwise fall under IOSA, enabling an incremental approach to achieving IOSA,” said de Juniac.

In parallel, African governments must accelerate the implementation of ICAO’s safety-related standards and recommended practices (SARPS). As of year-end 2017, only 25 African countries had at least 60% SARPS implementation,” said de Juniac.


In 2017, the all accident rate for airlines on the IOSA registry was nearly four times better than that of non-IOSA airlines (0.56 vs. 2.17) and it was nearly three times better over the 2012-16 period. All IATA member airlines are required to maintain their IOSA registration. There are currently 423 airlines on the IOSA Registry of which 142 are non-IATA Members. Over the next few years, IOSA will undergo a digital transformation that will enable IOSA airlines to compare and benchmark their performance. In the long run, the digital transformation will help to focus auditing on areas with the highest level of safety risk.

Six-Point Safety Strategy

IATA’s Six Point Safety Strategy is a comprehensive data-driven approach to identify organizational, operational and emerging safety issues:

  • Reducing operational risk such as LOC-I (Loss of Control In-flight), CFIT (Controlled Flight Into Terrain) and RE (Runway Excursions)
  • Enhancing quality and compliance through audit programs
  • Advocating for improved aviation infrastructure such as implementation of performance-based navigation approaches
  • Supporting consistent implementation of Safety Management Systems
  • Supporting effective recruitment and training to enhance quality and compliance through programs such as the IATA Training and Qualification Initiative
  • Identifying and addressing emerging safety issues, such as lithium batteries and integrating remotely-piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) into airspace.

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Note: IATA (International Air Transport Association) represents some 280 airlines comprising 83% of global air traffic.

IATA defines an accident as an event where ALL of the following criteria are satisfied:

  • The aircraft has sustained major structural damage exceeding $1 million US or 10% of the aircraft’s hull reserve value, whichever is lower, or has been declared a hull loss.
  • The aircraft is turbine powered and has a certificated Maximum Take-Off Weight (MTOW) of at least 5,700KG (12,540 lbs.).
  • Person(s) have boarded the aircraft with the intention of flight (either flight crew or passengers).
  • The intention of the flight is limited to normal commercial aviation activities, specifically scheduled/charter passenger or cargo service. Executive jet operations, training, maintenance/test flights are all excluded.
  • A hull loss is an accident in which the aircraft is destroyed or substantially damaged and is not subsequently repaired for whatever reason including a financial decision of the owner.

¡Fatality figures and flight numbers provided by Ascend Flightglobal
¡¡ Includes one accident classified as “propeller.”
¡¡¡ Fatality risk measures the exposure of a passenger or crew to a catastrophic accident where all people on board the flight are killed. The calculation of fatality risk does not take into account aircraft size or how many were on board. What is measured is the percentage of those on-board who were killed. This is expressed as fatality risk per millions of flights. The 2017 fatality risk of 0.09 means that on average, a person would have to travel by air every day for 6,033 years before experiencing an accident in which at least one passenger was killed.

[Source: IATA -/- Media Relations]
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