Thanks to advances in technology and new regulations, flying is safer than it has ever been. Numbers show that last year was the safest year for commercial passenger air-travel in recorded history, even though more flights are being taken now more than ever before.
Safety has been improving and as a result, aviation deaths have been occurring less and less over the past two decades. The Aviation Safety Network has gone on record stating that there were zero deaths during the year of 2017 on commercial passenger planes. Among cargo and turboprop planes, there were 10 accidents. These accidents resulted in 44 deaths on board and 35 on the ground. In 2016, there were 16 accidents resulting in 303 deaths. The number of accidents on cargo and turboprop planes continues to decline even though they are considered more dangerous than flying commercial flights. The President of Aviation Safety Network says, “Since 1997 the average number of airliner accidents has shown a steady and persistent decline, for a great deal thanks to the continuing safety-driven efforts by international aviation organizations such as ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization), IATA (International Air Transport Association), Flight Safety Foundation and the aviation industry,”.
Professionals still consider 2017 a lucky year for aviation and experts such as Mr. Young, the senior aviation consultant for To70, are skeptical that these numbers cannot be maintained. He says, “It is unlikely that this historic low will be maintained; in part, these very positive figures rest on good fortune. Nevertheless, the safety level that civil aviation has achieved is remarkable”.
It can not be denied that the increased safety measures enforced by the aviation organizations are making a difference. 36.8 million passenger flights went out over the last year, and the numbers show that fatal accidents worked out to 1 per every 7.3 million. There has not been a fatal accident on a passenger jet since November of 2016 (LaMia Flight 2933).
Due to the increase in lithium-ion batteries onboard, a new safety measure is in effect. Airline crew members are being trained to fight any fires on board caused by the batteries. They pose a potential risk to aircrafts because they are difficult to extinguish. Nevertheless, our aviation organizations are working smarter than ever, providing safer travel for all of us.