Todd DeFeo

Despite high profile crashes, 2014 isn’t deadliest year for fliers

ATLANTA — Nearly 1,000 people have been killed in air crashes during the first seven months of the year, according to the Geneva-based Bureau of Aircraft Accidents Archives.

Yet, despite several high-profile crashes involving commercial aircraft, 2014 doesn’t look to be the deadliest year on record, the numbers suggest. So far this year, there have been 12 fatal airliner (of at least 14 passengers) crashes, claiming the lives of 761, according to the Aviation Safety Network, which tracks statistics for fatal airliner crashes, but not military or corporate jets.

If no one else is killed in an air crash this year, 2014 would be the 67th deadliest year on record, according to the Bureau of Aircraft Accidents Archives. The organization tracks information about air crashes since 1918.

However, 2014 is already the deadliest year since 2010, according to both the Bureau of Aircraft Accidents Archives and the Aviation Safety Network. There were 32 airliner crashes in 2010, which claimed the lives of 943, according to the Aviation Safety Network.

High-profile crashes this year involving commercial aircraft include:

  • Malaysia Airlines 370 (Boeing 777-200ER) disappeared on March 8 with 227 passengers and 12 crew members
  • Malaysia Airlines 17 (Boeing 777-200ER) was shot down on July 17 over eastern Ukraine, killing 283 passengers and 15 crew members
  • TransAsia Airways Flight 222 (ATR 72-500) crashed July 23 in Taiwan, killing 48 of the 58 people on board
  • Air Algérie Flight 5017 (MD-83) crashed July 24 in Mali, killing 112 passengers and 6 crew members

The deadliest year on record is 1972 when there were 3,344 deaths as a result of air crashes, according to the Bureau of Aircraft Accidents Archives.

About Todd DeFeo
Todd DeFeo loves to travel anywhere, anytime, taking pictures and notes. An award-winning reporter, Todd revels in the experience and the fact that every place has a story to tell. He is owner of The DeFeo Groupe and also edits Express Telegraph and Railfanning.org.