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.
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.
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