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Was 2014 The Deadliest Year For Flights? Not Even Close! by Guapo(m): 10:57am On Feb 10, 2015
In Ukraine, the shootdown of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 on July 17 killed all 298 aboard. Wednesday's crash of TransAsia Airways Flight 222 killed 48 in Taiwan, and on Thursday, Air Algerie Flight 5017 crashed in Mali, leaving at least 116 dead.
Then there's the unexplained loss of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, with 239 aboard, in March.
Different circumstances surround the crashes, but when more than 700 airline passengers and flight crew lose their lives in the span of 138 days, some travelers might be concerned about the global aviation safety net.
They may wonder if, statistically, the skies are getting more dangerous. They may ask themselves whether 2014 is trending toward one of the deadliest years in aviation history. Experts say no, don't be nervous. Just look carefully at the big picture.

The world has been enjoying the safest-ever overall period in aviation history, according to the aviation safety number crunchers. As shown in the chart above, the numbers of yearly aviation deaths and major plane crashes worldwide have been dropping for decades.
Last year, 265 people were killed in flight incidents -- the safest year in aviation since 1945.
This year, the worldwide number of aviation deaths has more than doubled, but it's still relatively low. There have been 761 deaths in 12 commercial aviation accidents in 2014, according to the Aviation Safety Network, one of several organizations that tracks these statistics. Its data — spanning 1946 to the present — include hijackings, sabotage and shootdowns.
With the exception of the 9/11 attacks, it's hard to know whether the loss of three airliners in seven days is unprecedented, said Rudy Quevedo, global program director of Washington's Flight Safety Foundation. Crunching those numbers would “take us some doing and would be very labor-intensive,” he said. “It is a rare event.”
The U.S. hasn't seen a large airliner crash with major loss of life since 2001, when American Airlines Flight 587 slammed into the Queens neighborhood of Belle Harbor, New York, killing 265.
More recently, 49 died in 2006 in the takeoff crash of a regional jet: Comair Flight 5191 in Lexington, Kentucky. In Buffalo, New York, 50 died in another regional plane crash, Colgan Air Flight 3407, in 2009.
Last year's crash landing in San Francisco of Asiana Airlines Flight 214 — a Boeing 777 — resulted in three deaths.

Clearly, the bigger the airplane, the more lives can be lost. In 1972, the worst year on record, there were 55 crashes. The Russian crash of Aeroflot Flight 217 killed 174 people, and 155 were killed in the Spanish crash of a Convair 990 Coronado.
In recent years, the data show, we're having fewer fatal accidents overall, said Quevedo. “It's a perfectly safe system. So while it's an unfortunate tragedy to have these recent three crashes together, it doesn't shock me, because you could go two or three years in a row without having one. It all equals out in the end.”
Measuring the number of crashes or deaths alone doesn't offer an accurate safety snapshot, Quevedo said. You also have to factor in the overall amount of aviation traffic.

To do that, aviation industry trackers monitor total worldwide airport departures by all commercial aircraft. Then they divide the number of annual accidents by that number of departures. The result is called the aviation accident rate.
Last year, the rate was 0.24 out of 1 million departures. That means less than one accident for every 1 million flights.
“That number proves that the chances of being in a fatal aircraft accident are extremely rare,” Quevedo said.
Andrew Charlton, managing director of Aviation Advocacy, a Swiss strategic consulting firm, put it differently: "The single most dangerous part about flying is driving to the airport.”

By Casey Tolan, Thom Patterson and Alicia Johnson, CNN- July 28, 2014


Chart 1: Commercial aviation deaths per year, worldwide

Chart 2: Global commercial crashes since 1946

Chart 3: Ten worst years for crashes / deaths

Chart 4: Ten years with fewest crashes / deaths

Source: Aviation Safety Network

Re: Was 2014 The Deadliest Year For Flights? Not Even Close! by tdayof(m): 11:57am On Feb 10, 2015
Actually I will answer no..

Chill Will comment when am done watching the latest series of air crash is investigation

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