WASHINGTON – Aviation more than 500 deaths worldwide due to air accidents in 2018, while remaining one of the safest means of transportation, according to consulting firm To70 and the Aviation Safety Network data collector.
After the 13 deaths of 2017, civil aviation has claimed more than 500 lives worldwide in 2018, while remaining one of the safest means of transportation, said Tuesday the consulting firm To70 and the Aviation Safety Network data collector, cited by Reuters.
"This corresponds to a fatal accident rate of 0.36 per million commercial flights, or a fatal accident every three million flights," said To70, adding that "in 2017 the rate was 0 , 06 per million flights, and the five-year average is 0.24 per million. "
In 2017, two air disasters killed 13 people. Both were regional turboprop aircraft. "The rate of fatal accidents in civil aviation has been declining for 20 years in the world.In 2005, the number of deaths was still 1,015," added the Aviation Safety Network.
According to the aviation safety data network, "Despite the increase in mortality, 2018 remains the third safest year in terms of fatal accidents and the ninth safest in terms of fatalities." "If the accident rate had remained the same as 10 years ago, there would have been 39 fatalities last year," said Harro Ranter, chief executive of Aviation Safety, in a statement released on Tuesday.
"This shows the huge safety gains made over the last two decades," he said. According to the text, on October 29, a Lion Air Boeing 737 MAX 8 crashed into the Java Sea shortly after taking off from Jakarta, killing 189 people. Also in May, 112 people died in the Cubana Boeing 737-201 crash near Havana airport.
In March, the accident of a plane of US-Bangla Airlines, a company from Bangladesh, on its landing in Nepal, caused the death of 51 of the 71 people on board. In February, the crash of a Saratov Airlines plane killed 71 people in Russia and Iran was also bereaved with 66 dead in the crash of an Aseman Airlines plane, the statement added.
In April, a woman was killed in an incident involving a Boeing 737 from the American company Southwest Airlines, whose porthole was broken by a loose engine blade. This is the first death recorded by US civil aviation since 2009, the report concludes.