Despite the high profile Boeing 737 MAX crash in Ethiopia in March, a Dutch consulting firm said on Wednesday, the number of people killed in principal commercial plane crashes dropped by over 50 percent in 2019.
To70 Aviation Consulting firm said that 86 significant commercial aircraft accidents-including eight fatal incidents-resulted in 257 deaths last year. There were 160 injuries in 2018, 13 of which were fatal, leading to 534 deaths, the organization said.
To70 said that the fatal accident rate for primary commercial passenger aircraft was just 0.18 fatal accidents per million in 2019, an average of one fatal accident per 5.58 million in 2018. The victims include passengers, aircrews such as flight attendants, and all people killed in an accident on the ground.
Large passenger aircraft used by almost all airline passengers worldwide, except small passenger aircraft in service, including the Cessna Caravan and some smaller turboprop aircraft, said Boeing’s (BA.N) board on December 23 said that after a series of fatal crashes involving the 737 MAX it had been forced to declare it had removed CEO, Dennis Muilenburg. The 737 MAX was created in March after a crash in Indonesia in October 2018, and a mass crash in Ethiopia in March killed a total of 346 people.
To70 said that in 2019 the aviation industry made substantial efforts to “focus on so-called threats to the future such as drones.” Nevertheless, the MAX incidents “recall the need to keep an eye on the basic elements that ensure that civil aviation is so safe: well-designed and built aircraft flew by fully informed and qualified crews.”
The Aviation Safety Network said on Wednesday that, following the MAX crash, 2019 “was one of the best years in commercial aviation.” More than half of all fatalities in passing airline accidents were caused by 157 people killed on Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 in March.
Aviation fatalities around the world have dropped dramatically in the last two decades, even as travel has increased. As recently as 2005, common 1,015 accidents were recorded by the Aviation Safety Network on commercial passenger flights.
The safest year in aviation worldwide was in 2017, with only two fatal accidents involving regional turboprops that led to 13 dead and no fatal passenger jet crashes.
Twelve people were killed last week when after taking off a Fokker 100 flown by Kazakh carrier Bek Air crashed near Almaty. A Russian Sukhoi Superjet 100 caught fire on an emergency landing in Sheremetyevo Airport in Moscow in May, killing 41 people.
The estimates do not include military, training private flights, cargos, and helicopter incidents.