Wednesday, January 01, 2020

20 fatal crashes, 280 deaths. But 2019 still among safest years for commercial flights in 74 years

New Delhi: The year 2019, like any other year, was a year of air accidents around the world. The worst of them took place on March 10 when a Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft of the Ethiopian Airlines lost control soon after take-off and crashed near Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa. The tragedy claimed 157 lives. Such was the impact of the crash that the plane's engines got buried 10m inside the earth, creating a crater measuring 28m in width and 40m in length.

A day earlier, a Douglas DC-3 aircraft operated by LASER crashed during while attempting an emergency landing in Colombia, killing 14 people. And, the last major fatal air accident of 2019 took place just four days ago, on December 27, when 12 people onboard a Bek Air flight were killed in a crash in Kazakhstan.

In all, 283 people died in 20 fatal air accidents involving civilian passenger and cargo flights in 2019.

But despite these tragedies, 2019 was one of the safest years in civil aviation history.

Data available with the Aviation Safety Network, an independent organisation that records and maintains data on air accidents the world over, show that 2019 was the third safest year (between 1946 and 2019) in terms of number of deaths caused by air accidents. When it comes to the number of fatal air accidents, 2019 was the seventh safest year in the past 74 years since the Second World War.
01/01/20 Mukesh Rawat/India Today
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