Worldwide air traffic - number of fatalities 2006-2018

Number of worldwide air traffic* fatalities from 2006 to 2018

by E. Mazareanu, last edited Apr 11, 2019
Worldwide air traffic - number of fatalities 2006-2018 Air travel fatalities have been recorded in each of the last 12 years, with a total of 561 deaths in 2018 due to air crashes. However, despite some pronounced year-to-year differences, the overall trend has been for a reduction in the number of fatalities – a trend confirmed when looking at a slightly longer or much longer time frame.

Fatal airline accidents

According to the Convention on International Civil Aviation, air traffic fatalities refer to an incident where a person is fatally injured due to an occurrence associated with the operation of the aircraft. This definition covers any time from when the first person starts boarding to when the final person disembarks the plane. Corporate jet and military transport accidents are generally excluded.

Overall safety of air travel

The overall trend downward in air travel fatalities is notable given that the volume of passenger air traffic has increased by more than 66 percent since 2004. Indeed, when considered in terms of the number of accidents per distance travelled, air travel is statistically the safest form of transport. For example, in both the United States and the United Kingdom, air travel is many thousands of times safer than the most dangerous form of travel – motorcycle riding.
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Number of worldwide air traffic* fatalities from 2006 to 2018

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Number of fatalities
2018561
201759
2016258
2015186
2014691
2013265
2012475
2011524
2010943
2009760
2008588
2007773
2006905
Number of fatalities
2018561
201759
2016258
2015186
2014691
2013265
2012475
2011524
2010943
2009760
2008588
2007773
2006905
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by E. Mazareanu, last edited Apr 11, 2019
Air travel fatalities have been recorded in each of the last 12 years, with a total of 561 deaths in 2018 due to air crashes. However, despite some pronounced year-to-year differences, the overall trend has been for a reduction in the number of fatalities – a trend confirmed when looking at a slightly longer or much longer time frame.

Fatal airline accidents

According to the Convention on International Civil Aviation, air traffic fatalities refer to an incident where a person is fatally injured due to an occurrence associated with the operation of the aircraft. This definition covers any time from when the first person starts boarding to when the final person disembarks the plane. Corporate jet and military transport accidents are generally excluded.

Overall safety of air travel

The overall trend downward in air travel fatalities is notable given that the volume of passenger air traffic has increased by more than 66 percent since 2004. Indeed, when considered in terms of the number of accidents per distance travelled, air travel is statistically the safest form of transport. For example, in both the United States and the United Kingdom, air travel is many thousands of times safer than the most dangerous form of travel – motorcycle riding.
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