2017: the safest year in aviation history

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Airline passengers will be happy to know that 2017 was the safest year ever in aviation history. That doesn’t mean to see that some people did not lose their lives and others were injured but, overall, airline travel is getting safer and safer.

Figures from the in dependent, Aviation Safety Network (ASN) show that, in 2017, ten fatal airliner accidents  were  recorded with 44 passenger deaths and 35 persons on the ground.  ASN calculates that the accident rate is one fatal passenger flight accident per 7,360,000 flights.

During the summer season (in the northern hemisphere) when you might expect the skies to be at their busiest with charter and scheduled flights there was not one single accident between the end of May and the middle of October anywhere in the world. Looking at just passenger jets as opposed to turbo-prop aircraft, aviation had a record period of 398 days with no passenger jet airliner accidents at all.

If you look at the list of fatalities by aircraft type it is the smaller Cessna planes where most of the deaths occurred. None of the passenger workhorses of the airline industry such as Airbuses, Boeings, Embraer’s or Bombardier’s were involved in fatal accidents which also should be reassurance to passengers.

At present flying on a passenger jet is safer than travelling by car but travelling by train in the UK and Ireland is still the safest option. Cruise ships were also a very safe mode of travel with ferries being the least unsafe for passengers although that is largely due to where you travel in the world. Ferries in the Asia seem to have a less than stellar safety record compared to those in Europe, Australasia, the Americas or the Caribbean.

With luck, 2018 will be even safer for travellers and holidaymakers.


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