Todd DeFeo

UPDATE: Despite high profile crashes, 2014 isn’t deadliest year for flyers

ATLANTA — More than 760 people have been killed in air crashes during the first seven months of the year, the highest number since 2010, according to the Aviation Safety Network.

Yet, despite several high-profile crashes, including three within a week, 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 crashes, claiming the lives of 761, according to the Aviation Safety Network. The organization tracks statistics for fatal airliner crashes, but not military or corporate jets and defines an airliner as carrying at least 14 passengers.

If no one else is killed in an air crash this year, 2014 would be the 67th deadliest year on record, according to the Geneva-based Bureau of Aircraft Accidents Archives, an organization that 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, a Boeing 777-200ER aircraft, disappeared on March 8 with 227 passengers and 12 crew members. The plane’s remains have yet to be discovered.
  • Malaysia Airlines 17, a Boeing 777-200ER aircraft, was shot down on July 17 over eastern Ukraine, killing 283 passengers and 15 crew members. United States officials believe pro-Russian separatists shot down the airplane.
  • TransAsia Airways Flight 222, an ATR 72-500 aircraft, crashed July 23 in Taiwan, killing 48 of the 58 people on board.
  • Air Algérie Flight 5017, an MD-83 aircraft, crashed July 24 in Mali, killing 112 passengers and 6 crew members.

The deadliest year on record is 1972 when there were 2,370 deaths as a result of 71 air crashes, according to the Aviation Safety Network.

“With three tragedies in such quick succession, many people will, understandably, be asking questions about aviation safety,” USA Today quoted International Air Transport Association (IATA) CEO Tony Tyler as saying. “Our number one priority is safety. And despite the events of the past seven days, flying is safe.”

 

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.