The death toll from the crash of a major commercial aircraft worldwide fell by more than 50 percent in 2019, Dutch aviation consultancy To70 said on Wednesday, despite the global attention and far-reaching impact of the March crash of the Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 MAX. Last year, there were 86 accidents involving large commercial aircraft, including eight fatal accidents, which killed 257 people, the company said. There were 160 accidents in 2018, including 13 fatal ones, resulting in 534 deaths.
To70 said the fatal accident rate for large aircraft in commercial passenger air transport in 2019 was only 0.18 per million flights, with an average of 5.58 million flights, a significant improvement over 2018. The deaths included passengers, flight attendants and ground crews who died in the crash.
The To70’s large passenger aircraft are used by almost all airlines worldwide, but do not include smaller commuter aircraft, including Cessna Caravan and some smaller turboprop aircraft.
To70 said the airline industry has made a huge effort in 2019 to “focus on so-called ‘future threats’ such as drones”, but the Crash of the Boeing 737 MAX “reminds us of the need to continue to focus on the fundamental elements of civil aviation safety: well-designed and well-built aircraft, piloted by fully informed and trained crews.” “
The Dutch Safety Flight Network Aviation Safety Network also said on Wednesday that 2019 was “one of the safest years in commercial aviation history” despite the 737MAX crash. The 157 people killed in the crash accounted for more than half of the deaths in last year’s global airliner crash.