With just one more day to bring 2017 to a close, the Aviation Safety Network (ASN) has preliminarily labeled 2017 as the safest year in commercial aviation history.
Based on this year’s statistics, there have been 9 fatal airliner accidents, claiming 32 lives in total. Compare that to 2016 where 16 incidents claimed the lives of 303 passengers.
Of those 9 incidents, 5 airliners involved were cargo-based while the other 4 were passenger aircraft. Also, 35 people on the ground were killed in addition to the statistics above when a Turkish Airlines cargo jet (flight TK6491/registration TC-MCL) crashed into a residential area near Manas International Airport in Bishkek during descent.
The statistics once again prove that commercial aviation is by far one of the safest forms of transport versus traveling by other means like cars, trains, or boats. There were 36,800,000 commercial flights for the year, making it just 1 fatality per 9,200,000 flights.
ASN’s President Harro Ranter made note that improved safety practices helped to make 2017 a record year.
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 international aviation organisations such as ICAO, IATA, Flight Safety Foundation and the aviation industry.
As these statistics only cover commercial aviation, the 2017 Myanmar Air Force Shaanxi Y-8 crash was not factored in. The incident claimed all 122 lives on board, including military personnel and their families.