The Boeing 737 MAX was involved in the worst civilian air accidents of both 2018 and 2019. In 2018, a Lion Air MAX crashed in Indonesia, killing 189 people. Last March, another MAX crashed in Ethiopia with 157 people losing their lives. Despite that high profile incident, 2019 was still one of the safest years on record for commercial aviation, according to new statistics released by the Aviation Safety Network. There were 20 fatal accidents involving commercial aircraft in 2019 with 283 fatalities. That means it is the third-safest year on record. 2017 remains the safest year in aviation history with 10 fatal accidents and 44 lives lost.
Over the past five years, there was an average of 14 air accidents with 480 fatalities. The Aviation Safety Network states that estimated global air traffic stands at about 39 million flights which means the accident rate is one fatal accident per two million flights. The second-worst crash of 2019 occurred in Moscow in May when an Aeroflot Sukhoi Superjet burst into flames during a high-speed emergency landing with 41 of the 78 passengers and crew onboard losing their lives. As for the 737 MAX, it remains grounded amid concerns about the software in its flight control system.