Air fatalities worldwide are down to 23 fatal crashes in 2012, down from 28 last year, down from an average of the last decade of 34 fatal crashes per year. Those 23 crashes generated 470 fatalities, down from an average of 770 people over the last decade.
The U.S. hasn’t had a fatal accident of a passenger aircraft since the Colgan Air crash in 2009. Of the 23 crashes, five were in Africa, and four were in Russia.
The majority of accidents were on approach, followed by initial climb and landing.
Overall, the number of fatalities was the lowest since the end of World War II in 1945. Certainly makes one feel better about flying, doesn’t it?
- Airline Travel Hasn’t Been This Safe Since WWII (bigthink.com)
- 2012 Was Safest Year for Air Travel Since 1945 (wired.com)
- Airlines: 2012 safest in nearly 50 years (upi.com)
- Flying has become safer than ever, says air transport group (guardian.co.uk)