Was 2016 one of the safest year ever for aviation?

Published on : Thursday, January 5, 2017

airplane-perfectDespite the high-profile losses of an Egyptair flight in May and the LaMia jet carrying a Brazilian football team in November, 2016 was still one of the safest years in the history of aviation.


There were, although tragic, only five fatal accidents involving civil passenger airliners in the worldwide map. In addition, an attempted inflight bombing on a flight in Somalia killed only the perpetrator, and a firefighter died tackling the blaze when an Emirates plane crashed on landing in Dubai; all on board survived.


The international aviation consultancy based in The Hague, to70, has counted 271 deaths in the seven fatal events. In addition, 64 aircraft were involved in crashes without loss of life. Adrian Young, Senior Aviation Consultant for to70, commented that although any accident is too many, the low accident rates demonstrate the effectiveness of aviation safety standards in mitigating flight safety risks.



The worst accident of 2016 involved the LaMia jet that ran out of fuel close to the Colombian city of Medellin on 28 November. Mr Young added that the number of incidents due to unlawful interference is cause for concern. The second-highest death toll was on 19 May when 66 people died in Egyptair Airbus A320 which came down in the Mediterranean. The death toll in the two previous years was significantly higher. In 2015, 471 people died in four crashes while in 2014864 people died in five crashes.

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