2017 was safest year in aviation history
January 3, 2018
The Aviation Safety Network has released the 2017 airliner accident statistics showing an extremely low total of 10 fatal airliner accidents, resulting in 44 fatalities.
The year 2017 turned out to be the safest year ever for commercial aviation, Aviation Safety Network data show.
Over the year 2017 the Aviation Safety Network recorded a total of 10 fatal airliner accidents , resulting in 44 occupant fatalities and 35 persons on the ground. This makes 2017 the safest year ever, both by the number of fatal accidents as well as in terms of fatalities. In 2016 ASN recorded 16 accidents and 303 lives lost.
Five accidents involved cargo flights, five were passenger flights. Given the expected worldwide air traffic of about 36,800,000 flights, the accident rate is one fatal passenger flight accident per 7,360,000 flights.
The low number of accidents comes as no surprise, according to ASN President Harro Ranter: “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.”
On December 31, aviation had a record period of 398 days with no passenger jet airliner accidents. Additionally, a record period of 792 days passed since the previous civil aircraft accident claiming over 100 lives .
Statistics are based on all worldwide fatal
commercial aircraft accidents (passenger and
cargo flights) involving civil aircraft of which
the basic model has been certified for carrying
14 or more passengers. Consequently, the June 7
accident involving a Myanmar Air Force Y-8F
transport plane that killed 122 is not included.
fatal passenger jet airliner accident:
28 Nov. 2016,
Avro RJ85 LaMia, near Medellin, Colombia