There were a total of 937 civilian aviation safety incidents in 2011, according to a report released last week by the Civil Aviation Authority, a 13 percent increase from 2010.
The majority of these incidents were non-fatal situations that affected, or could have affected, the safety of the crew, passengers or vehicle.
There were five fatal aviation accidents in 2011. Ten fatalities were reported from these accidents.
According to the report, human error was the leading cause of aviation incidents, with most of the events taking place during take-off or landing. There were no fatal accidents associated with leading air carriers.
The most high-profile incident occurred on May 23, 2011 when an El Al jet en route to Newark was forced to return and make an emergency landing at Ben-Gurion airport after one of its wheel struts malfunctioned. The plane landed safely just after dawn following several harrowing hours in the air.
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