What is the deadliest airplane
More and more people are flying, at the same time fewer and fewer accidents occur in air traffic: Last year there was no serious crash of civil airliners in Europe, and the fewest accidents and fatalities have been recorded worldwide since civil aviation began recording data.
That means: 2017 was the safest flying year ever.
A study by the “Aviation Safety Network” (ASN) shows that in 2017 a total of ten accidents involving aircraft in civilian use killed 79 people - out of around 36.8 million take-offs worldwide.
Five accidents involved passenger flights and five cargo flights. 44 of the fatalities were passengers or crew members on board an aircraft, 35 lost their lives on the ground. For comparison: In 2016 ASN recorded 16 accidents with a total of 303 fatalities.
Accidents involving military aircraft or smaller aircraft with fewer than 14 passenger seats on board are excluded from the statistics.
Theworst airplane accident of 2017 occurred in Kyrgyzstan. A cargo plane (a Boeing 747-412F) missed the runway in January, crashed into the ground, and went up in flames. Four crew members and 35 residents of a nearby neighborhood died.
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That was the deadliest year of flying
Flying is 350 times safer today than it was in the 1970s. The statistical probability of being killed in a plane crash was 1 in 264,000 in the 1970s; in 2017 it was around 1 in 92,750,000.
Since the ASN records in 1946, there have been 3,180 civil aviation accidents with 82,412 deaths. So far The deadliest flying year was 1972: At that time, 2,469 people died in a total of 55 serious accidents. And that with only 9.4 million starts.
The worst accident on German soil was the plane crash near Königs Wusterhausen in Brandenburg in August. A plane belonging to the GDR airline Interflug crashed shortly after take-off in Berlin-Schönefeld, killing all 156 people on board.
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