AIRLINES worldwide posted a near unblemished record last year, with 2017 named the safest ever year for air travel.
Data released by aviation consultants ‘to70’ shows only two fatal accidents involving commercial airlines last year, with just 13 lives lost and not a single death aboard a jet aircraft.
Both of last year’s fatal incidents involved propeller aircraft, one in Russia and the other in Angola.
With an estimated 3% growth in air traffic during 2017, the accident rate for large aircraft in commercial aviation has fallen to one fatal accident for every 16 million flights, to70 says.
Not included in the figures was a cargo air crash in Kyrgyzstan which killed 35 people on the ground last Jan.