Airliner Crashes, Deaths Rose in 2018

Even though there was a sharp rise in the number of people killed in airliner crashes in 2018, it was still one of the safest years on record, aviation experts say.

There were 15 fatal airliner crashes in 2018, resulting in 556 deaths, compared with 10 crashes and 44 deaths in 2017, which was the safest year in aviation history, CNN reported.

The figures come from reports from the Dutch aviation consultancy To70 and the Netherlands-based Aviation Safety Network (ASN).

Of the crashes last year, 12 involved passenger flights and three were cargo flights, according to the ASN report. It said three of the 15 planes were operated by airlines on the European Union "blacklist."

Despite the increase in deaths between 2017 and 2018, there has been a significant improvement in overall aviation safety, ASN Chief Executive Harro Ranter told CNN.

"If the accident rate had remained the same as 10 years ago, there would have been 39 fatal accidents last year," he said. "This shows the enormous progress in terms of safety in the past two decades."

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