Safest Year on Record for Commercial Passenger Air Travel

Marsha Scott
January 3, 2018

In 2016, 412 people were killed in the United States in aviation accidents - almost all in general aviation accidents and none on commercial passenger airlines.

The heaviest incident for the past year was in January when a Turkish cargo plane crashed into a village in Kyrgyzstan, killing four crew and 35 people on the ground.

To70 reported on Monday that there were no commercial passenger jet fatalities last year, calling it "the safest year for aviation ever". An estimation done by the Dutch consulting firm shows that the rate of fatal accidents for large passenger flights is 0.06 per million flights, which simply translates to one fatal accident for every 16 million flights.

Experts attribute fewer deaths and accidents to high levels of airline safety and some good fortune.

"The past year has been another exceptionally good year for civil aviation safety", To70 said.

Aviation consultancy To70 also reported the record, saying it was much better than could reasonably and statistically be expected.

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The aviation security network reports that in 2017 there were ten aircraft crashes - five freight and five passengers, leading to the deaths of 79 people. Thus the most deadly air accident of the year - when the Myanmar military transport aircraft Y-8 crashed in June and killed 122 people - is not included in the total statistics. Still the lowest numbers in modern aviation history. Plus, nonfatal accidents were up this year, including cases where planes couldn't stop at the end of the runway.

He tweeted: ' Since taking office I have been very strict on Commercial Aviation. Experts are also concerned about passengers checking laptops and other electronics with lithium-ion batteries, which could ignite an in-flight fire. "2017 was the safest year for aviation ever", said Adrian Young of To70.

A worldwide record year for aviation safety for 2017 appears to have been claimed as a win for the Trump administration in a tweet from the United States president.

But Trump was probably referring only to statistics for turbojets, as there were two deadly U.S. accidents in ASN data previous year.

The first, in Arkansas on May 1, killed one person.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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