Air crash deaths increase despite corona crisis | NOW



Despite the corona crisis, the number of people killed as a result of a plane crash has risen in the past year, Dutch aviation consultancy To70 reports Saturday. As a result of the corona crisis, the number of flights departing worldwide has decreased by 42 percent. Despite this, in 2020 nearly 300 people worldwide were killed as a result of a plane crash involving a passenger plane.

In 2020 there were 40 accidents involving a large passenger plane. A total of 299 people died in five of these. In 2019 there were 86 – more than twice as many – accidents, eight of which were fatal. In total, 257 people died.

This concerns 0.27 fatal accidents per million flights or one fatal accident per 3.7 million flights. In 2019, 0.18 fatal accidents occurred for every million flights.

Most of the victims were on a Ukrainian plane

More than half of the fatalities were killed when a Ukraine International Airlines plane was downed over the Iranian capital Tehran in January last year. In total, 176 people were killed in that plane crash.

The second deadliest crash occurred in May when a plane crashed in the Pakistani city of Karachi due to a technical problem. This accident had 98 fatalities.

Over the past twenty years, the number of fatalities from aircraft accidents has decreased dramatically. In 2005 more than a thousand (1,015) people died on board a passenger flight. Over the past five years, an average of 14 fatal plane crashes per year took place, killing an average of 345 people.

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