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Fatalities in plane crashes rise in 2020 despite a decrease in the number of flights

Despite a 42% cut in flights globally, more people were killed in plane crashes in 2020 compared to 2019. The Guardian... Most of the statistics were the victims of the crash of a Ukrainian plane shot down by missiles in Iran in January.

The UR-PSR aircraft of UIA was shot down in Iran on January 8, 2020, killing 176 people. Photo: Shutterstock

A Dutch consulting firm found that the number of fatalities in large commercial aircraft crashes rose to 2020 worldwide in 299, despite a sharp cut in flights due to the coronavirus pandemic.

In 2020, there were 40 accidents involving large commercial passenger aircraft, five of which were fatal, killing 299 people. In 2019, the number of aviation accidents almost doubled - 86, eight of which resulted in the death of 257 people, the aviation consulting company To70 said.

According to To70, large commercial aircraft had 2020 fatalities per million flights in 0,27, or one fatal accident for every 3,7 million flights, up from 0,18 fatalities per million flights in 2019 year.

Airlines have sharply cut the number of flights they operated in 2020 due to the pandemic and flight bans: Flightradar24 reported that the number of commercial flights tracked globally in 2020 fell 42% to 24,4 million.

More than half of all deaths in the To70 survey accounted for 176 people who died in January 2020, when Ukrainian plane was shot down in the airspace of Iran.

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The second most important incident was the disaster Pakistani airliner in May, which killed 98 people.

The large passenger aircraft included in the statistics are used by almost all airlines, with the exception of the small commuter aircraft in service.

Over the past two decades, aviation deaths have dropped dramatically. According to the Aviation Safety Network (ASN), by comparison, in 2005, 1015 people died on commercial passenger flights worldwide.

According to the ASN, there have been an average of 14 fatalities in commercial passenger and cargo aircraft over the past five years, resulting in an average annual death rate of 345.

In 2017, aviation had the safest year on record, with just two fatal accidents involving regional turboprop aircraft, resulting in 13 deaths and no passenger aircraft accidents.

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There have been no fatal American airline plane crashes in the United States since February 2009, and only one death related to a US passenger airline crash during this period.

As ForumDaily wrote earlier:

  • Boeing-737 Ukraine International Airlines crashed January 8, a few minutes after departure from Tehran airport. All 176 people on board were killed - 167 passengers and nine crew members.
  • The crashed near Tehran (Iran) plane of Ukraine International Airlines (UIA) before the fall, made a U-turn and tried to return to the departure airport, the Iranian Civil Aviation Administration said in a preliminary report.
  • The plane crash took place against the backdrop of a difficult political environment. On the same day a little earlier Iran fired rockets at military bases in Iraqwhere were the US military. This was done in response to killing by Americans of high-ranking Iranian commander Kassem Suleimani a few days before.
  • As stated in a statement by the Iranian General Staff, a few hours after Iran’s missile attacks on US military bases, the number of flights of US military aircraft increased significantly, and "this circumstance caused increased sensitivity among the air defense units."
  • President Donald Trump doubted that the Ukrainian Boeing 737, crashed in Iran, crashed due to technical problems... He was supported by the Prime Ministers of Canada and Great Britain. However, Iran these accusations rejected and insisted that the most likely cause of the disaster was a technical malfunction.
  • Iranian authorities said that Boeing of Ukraine International Airlines flew close to the war zone and was unintentionally shot down... The head of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps said that the air defense system operator mistook the plane for a cruise missile and shot it down without being able to contact the command.
  • In July, the decoding of the aircraft flight recorders confirmed that the liner was serviceable and crashed due to being hit by a missile.
  • In August, Tehran (Iran) published the first results of an analysis of the aircraft's "black boxes". So, we managed to find out that the plane two missiles hit 25 seconds apart... After the first hit, most of the passengers were still alive.
  • Life stories of Ukrainians who died in a plane crash in Iran, read in our material.

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