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Death Form Air Crashes Fall Globally By 50% In 2019


Death Form Air Crashes Fall Globally By 50% In 2019
According to a report by an aviation consulting firm, there was an almost 50 per cent drop in 2019 in the number of deaths in major air crashes around the globe.
In 2019, there were eight fatal air accidents which resulted in the death of 257 people, said the To70 consultancy on Wednesday. In comparison in 2018, there were 13 fatal crashes in which 534 had died globally.
The death toll for 2019 was added in late December this year with the death of 12 passengers in a crash of a Bek Air Fokker 100 plane on Friday soon after its takeoff in Kazakhstan. The death of 157 people in the crash of the an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 MAX plane on March 10 this year was the most fatal of the air crashes of 2019.
Some serious questions were raised within the aviation industry following the fatal accidents in 2018 and 2019, the report said. Questions were raised about how new designs derived from older planes are approved by aviation authorities and about the scope and extent of training for pilots necessary to adapt to new systems, the report noted.
The group said it expects the 737 MAX to eventually gain permission to fly again in 2020.
In 2019, compared to 0.30 accidents per million flights in 2018, the fatal accident rate for large planes in commercial air transport dropped to 0.18 fatal accidents per million flights, the report said. That means there was just one fatal crash for every 5.58 million flights last year.
The focus of the aviation industry should be on making sure that aircraft used for commercial flights are well-designed and well-constructed and are flown by crews that are well trained, stressed the firm's annual compilation of accident statistics.
However despite 2019 being a year where the number death from air crashes was significantly low, the number was still higher than the historic low of 2017. In that year, there were just two fatal air crashes globally which involved regional turboprops. Only 13 deaths were reported in those two accidents.
The firm prepared the report based on the accidents involving larger aircraft that are used for most commercial passenger flights but does not include those crashes and accidents hat happen with small planes, military flights, cargo flights and helicopters.