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2017 is safest year in aviation history

2017 was the safest year in aviation history.

Data retrieved for the last 12 months found that there were 10 fatal airliner accidents in 2017, resulting in 44 passenger and crew fatalities and 35 people on the ground.

This makes it the safest year on record; in 2016, there were 16 accidents and 303 lives were lost.

There were five accidents involving cargo flights and another five had passengers on. With nearly 37 million flights last year, the accident rate is one fatal passenger flight accident for every 7,360,000 flights.

Aviation Safety Network president Harro Ranter said in a statement: "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 organisations such as ICAO, IATA, Flight Safety Foundation and the aviation industry."

The most serious accident of 2017 was when a Turkish cargo plane crashed in Kyrgyzstan, which killed all four crew on board as well as 35 people on the ground. The figures do not include military or helicopter accidents or those that involved very small planes. It is only civil aircraft, which is allowed to carry at least 14 people, that is considered under the list.

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