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19 Fatal 2016 Airplane Accidents Is Aviation's 2nd Safest Year

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Plane crashes are big news. There were 19 fatal crashes during 2016, claiming 325 lives in all. These incidents may help explain why Gallup surveys have shown that roughly a third of all Americans are at least somewhat afraid of flying.

But the data shows that flying today is safer than ever. With 3.5 billion people flying in 2016, the numbers work out to one death for every 10,769,230 passengers. That’s the second-safest year in aviation history — and it’s four times safer than a decade ago, when there was one death for every 2,803,299 passengers.

All 10 of the safest years in air travel have occurred in the last 13 years. As recently as the 1990s, crashes were seven times more likely than they are today.

Safest years in aviation history

Deaths per total passengers flown

1 (safest year)

2013

One per 11,501,886

2

2016

One per 10,769,230

3

2015

One per 6,144,642

4

2012

One per 6,079,831

5

2011

One per 5,318,702

6

2008

One per 3,755,102

7

2004

One per 3,478,821

8

2014

One per 3,253,791

9

2009

One per 2,960,526

10

2007

One per 2,803,299

Source: The Telegraph

Scott Rasmussen’s Number of the Day is published by Ballotpedia. Each weekday, Scott Rasmussen’s Number of the Day explores interesting and newsworthy topics at the intersection of culture, politics, and technology.

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