2016 Was Officially One Of The Safest Years In Aviation History

The Aviation Safety Network has reveal on average 2016 was among the safest for flying.

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There’s never been a better time to take a trip abroad with statistics put together by the Aviation Safety Network (ASN) highlighting a drop in the number of fatal airline crashes and fatalities in 2016.

In news that is sure to go down well with holidaymakers and city mini-break fanatics, new data compiled by Statista for The Independent has revealed there were just 19 fatal airline crashes and 325 fatalities last year.

A couple run down of the data, as well as a comparison to the figures collected from previous years can be viewed below:

Commenting on the numbers, ASN President Harro Ranter admitted to the Independent that the drop in numbers should come as little surprise:

“Since 1997 the average number of airliner accidents has shown a steady and persistent decline, for a great deal thanks to the continuing safety-driven efforts by international aviation organisations such as ICAO, IATA, Flight Safety Foundation and the aviation industry.”

That’s not to say it’s all been plain sailing though. At the back end of last year, for example, the world was rocked by the shock death of 19 players from the Chapecoense football team in Brazil, following a plane crash in Colombia.

Air safety may have increased in recent times but there’s always room for improvement.

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