Safest Year on Record for Commercial Passenger Air Travel

Public Safety Ministry said there were 10 foreigners and two Costa Rican crew

The low number of accidents comes as no surprise, according to ASN President Harro Ranter: "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 worldwide aviation organisations such as ICAO, IATA, Flight Safety Foundation and the aviation industry".

No commercial jets fatally crashed anywhere in the world in 2017, making it the safest year on record for the aviation industry, The Independent reports.

The aviation security network reports that in 2017 there were ten aircraft crashes - five freight and five passengers, leading to the deaths of 79 people.

"2017 was much better than could reasonably (and statistically) be expected, and was again better than last year's remarkable performance", said To70 researcher Adrian Young. This makes 2017 the safest year ever, both by the number of fatal accidents as well as in terms of fatalities. Other fatal airplane crashes, including one that killed 12 people in Costa Rica on Sunday, did not count towards the overall total because the plane did not meet the study's threshold of weighing at least 5,700 kilograms.

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ASN President Harro Ranter said the low number of accidents was "no surprise", coming after a steady decline of fatalities in recent years.

There were 10 combined commercial passenger and cargo planes in 2016 that crashed, killing 44 passengers and crew members throughout the year.

It was not immediately clear what exactly Trump was referencing, but the Trump administration had instituted a laptop ban on passengers flying into the USA from airports in 10 Muslim-majority nations after intelligence showed that the terror group ISIS was plotting to hide small bombs in laptops and other portable electronics.

In praising his own efforts on aviation safety, Trump said there were no aviation accident-related deaths in the United States past year.

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"Since taking office I have been very strict on Commercial Aviation", he wrote.

But Trump was probably referring only to statistics for turbojets, as there were two deadly U.S. accidents in ASN data previous year.

The first, in Arkansas on May 1, killed one person.

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