The graph shows the countries and regions with the highest number of fatal civil airliner accidents from 1945 through October 21, 2013. The United States is the country with the highest number of fatal civil airliner accidents, with 763 civil airliner accidents. According to the source, military accidents, corporate jets, hijackings (and other criminal occurrences) are not included in the statistic.
As a result of the annual growth in global air traffic passenger demand, the number of airplanes that are involved in accidents is on the increase. Although the United States is ranked among the 20 countries with the highest quality of air infrastructure, the country also reports the highest number of civil airliner accidents worldwide. When Asiana Airlines Flight 214 crashed short of the runway on landing at San Francisco International Airport on July 6, 2013, the lives of three girls with Chinese passports were taken; all other 304 passengers and crew members survived. In terms of fatal accidents, it seems that aviation safety is improving and passenger airlines are becoming safer. 2012 was the safest year on record in terms of fatal accidents: There was only one such accident per 2.3 million flights, compared with one per 1.51 million in 2009, 1.3 million in 2010 and 1.52 million in 2011. Just under 90 percent of all fatal crashes occurred in Africa and Asia in 2012. That year, North America reported 29 accidents, none of which were fatal. There were 99 accidents in scheduled commercial air transport in total in 2012. Regarding the total number of accidents, 2012 experienced a 21 percent year-over-year decrease from 2011, while air traffic remained relatively stable over the same period.