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. This makes 2017 the safest year ever, both by the number of fatal accidents as well as in terms of fatalities.
ASN recorded 16 accidents that led to 303 deaths in 2016.
The only deaths were from crashes involving cargo or turboprop planes. 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.
The low number of accidents comes as no surprise, according to ASN President Harro Ranter: "Since 1997 the average number of airliner accidents has shown a steady and persistent decline, for a great deal thanks to the continuing safety-driven efforts by worldwide aviation organisations such as ICAO, IATA, Flight Safety Foundation and the aviation industry". Monday marked the 399th day since the last fatal passenger jet airliner accident, according to CNN Money. Additionally, a record period of 792 days passed since the previous civil aircraft accident claiming over 100 lives.
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"Nevertheless, the safety level that civil aviation has achieved is remarkable", he said.
According to To70, the announcement of the "safest" year comes in the background of an unprecedented increase in civilian flights around the world.
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The study by the Aviation Safety Network found 35 people died on the ground from airline accidents. The Aviation Safety Network uses information from authoritative and official sources.