2017, the year the safest for air travel

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According to provisional figures from the Aviation Safety Network, there were 36.8 million flights in 2017.

The year 2017 has been the most reliable for the global air transport since 1946 and the establishment of statistics on aircraft accidents, according to figures published Monday, that caused a reaction satisfied with Donald Trump.


With a total of ten accidents involving passenger aircraft, which have been 44 deaths, 2017 is the year the safest of all the time both in the number of accidents in terms of casualties, ” says the Aviation Safety Network (ASN) on its website, recalling that in 2016 there had been a total of 16 accidents to 303 victims.


“The past year has again been an exceptional one for the civil aviation safety “, pointed out from his side, Adrian Young, a researcher at the Dutch agency To70, who has published a separate study focused on the aircraft of more than 5.7 tons carrying passengers.


The DSC is part of the Flight Safety Foundation (Foundation for the safety of air transport), a non-profit association which since 1947 is working to improve the safety of air transport.


The statistics of the ASN published Monday does not concern, however, that the commercial aircraft, the civil transport of passengers and cargo certified for the transport of at least 14 or more passengers. The accident on 7 June involving a military transport aircraft of the burmese army which has been 122 deaths is not included in these statistics.


The aircraft remains, therefore, the means of transport safer : the likelihood of dying in an accident of a commercial aircraft is now” one chance in 16 million “, according to Mr. Young, while the air traffic increased 3 % in 2017, compared to 2016.


The accident is the deadliest for a transport aircraft, civilian is the one who made twelve dead in Costa Rica on December 31, the last day of the year under review.


Five of the accidents reported involved aircraft to transport cargo and five passenger aircraft. The DSC states that, according to its provisional figures, there were 36.8 million flights in 2017, which leads to a ratio of a plane crash is deadly to 7,360 million flights to transport passengers.


If all accidents, including military aircraft, and non commercial flights are taken into account, the number of victims climbs to 230 with a total of 24 accidents, says the same source, which makes it always the year of the safest in aviation history, according to ASN.


Trump meets


The report of the agency To70, specialized in aviation and present in Europe, Australia, Asia and Latin America, emphasized, however, that despite the ” good news “, the rate of fatal accidents is extremely low this year must be regarded as a ” stroke of luck “.


“Statistically, over thirty million flights, there is little difference between the two or ten accidents,” stressed Adrian Young, for which the many electronic devices in the suitcases of travellers are sources of concern because of the risk of inflammation or explosion of the lithium-ion batteries.


The us president, Donald Trump, claimed in a tweet Tuesday on the merit of the numbers particularly low in air accidents in the United States last year.


“Since I took office, I have been very strict in terms of commercial aviation. Good news, it’s just been announced that there has been zero deaths in 2017, the best year and most reliable according to the statistics ! “, he stressed.


Since taking office I have been very strict on Commercial Aviation. Good news – it was just reported that there were Zero deaths in 2017, the best and safest year on record!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 2, 2018


Mr. Trump probably refers only to the accidents of turbojet civilians which resulted in death of passengers, as there have been two accidents reported by the ASN to the United States last year in the total of 44 deaths : one in Arkansas (south) on the 1st of may, which has left one person dead and another four days later in West Virginia (is), which killed two people. In both cases, it was the pilots of turboprops, one of which was assigned to the transport of freight.