According to reports, airlines recorded zero accident deaths in commercial passenger jets last year.
Whether you’re a frequent traveler or a nervous flyer, here’s a piece of news that will put you at ease.
2017 was the safest year on record for commercial air travel, according to Dutch aviation consulting firm To70 and Aviation Safety Network.
“Whilst the safety levels of modern civil passenger airplanes remain high, the extraordinarily low accident rate this year must be seen as a case of good fortune”, the company said in its report.
The Aviation Safety Network also added that while there were no commercial passenger jet deaths in 2017, 10 fatal airliner accidents resulted in 44 fatalities onboard and 35 persons on the ground. This included cargo planes and commercial passenger turbo prop aircraft.
To70 estimated that the fatal accident rate for large commercial passenger flights is 0.06 per million flights, or one fatal accident for every 16 million flights.
In comparison, 2016 saw 16 accidents and 303 deaths among airliners.
Overall, aviation deaths around the world have been steadily falling over the past two decades.
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