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The German passenger airplane that crashed in the French Alps this morning was the latest in a series of high-profile plane crashes in the last two years. Despite this, the numbers of plane crashes and fatalities have been on the downswing since the mid-1990s, according to the Aviation Safety Network.

A reported 150 people died in today’s airplane crash in France. Including the crash today, there have been two fatal passenger airplane crashes with 193 fatalities this year, according to the Aviation Safety Network.

The other fatal passenger plane crash was a TransAsia Airways flight that went down in Taiwan in February, killing 43 people.

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The number of fatal plane crashes was at an all-time low last year; 21 airliners crashed, eight of them passenger planes.

Yet, the death toll for these crashes was high. Four of them, including the Malaysia Airlines flight that disappeared in the Indian Ocean and the Malaysia Airlines flight that was shot down in Ukraine, each killed more 100 passengers.

Still, the death tally for those killed in plane crashes in 2014 — 924 people — fell below the median of 1,073 deaths a year since 1946.

Aviation Safety Network president Harro Ranter credited this decline to continuing safety-driven efforts by the aviation industry.

Aviation Safety Network data includes fatal accidents, hijackings, sabotage, and shoot-downs for aircrafts carrying more than 14 passengers. The data do not include military airliners.

Number of airplane accidents by year
The data include fatal accidents with passenger flights, including sabotage and hijackings
Year Total Airplane Accidents Passenger Airplane Accidents
1946 65 50
1947 75 47
1948 87 55
1949 69 52
1950 59 42
1951 61 41
1952 53 33
1953 61 40
1954 50 32
1955 56 36
1956 50 31
1957 66 33
1958 61 38
1959 64 42
1960 66 50
1961 63 38
1962 74 44
1963 57 36
1964 50 31
1965 59 36
1966 61 35
1967 64 38
1968 65 38
1969 72 45
1970 80 47
1971 53 35
1972 75 55
1973 74 46
1974 72 42
1975 56 36
1976 69 38
1977 61 29
1978 65 35
1979 76 41
1980 49 25
1981 47 26
1982 37 28
1983 39 28
1984 39 21
1985 46 29
1986 49 30
1987 50 31
1988 65 39
1989 68 40
1990 47 28
1991 57 31
1992 58 33
1993 55 34
1994 63 32
1995 57 35
1996 58 28
1997 47 31
1998 51 27
1999 49 26
2000 43 27
2001 40 25
2002 43 21
2003 33 16
2004 35 15
2005 40 24
2006 33 17
2007 33 17
2008 33 16
2009 31 12
2010 32 19
2011 36 23
2012 23 11
2013 29 15
2014 21 8
2015* 3* 2*
DATA: Aviation Safety Network 
*=Incomplete year

Catherine Cloutier can be reached at catherine.cloutier@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter at @cmcloutier.