In spite of a deadly accident involving a Boeing 737 MAX in Ethiopia in March that has killed 157 people, 2019 was the third safest year in the history of commercial aviation in terms of fatalities, according to a report by the Aviation Safety Network published this week. The report showed a total of 20 fatal accidents occurred in the just-ended year, involving commercial aircraft that resulted in 283 fatalities. In 2018, there were 160 accidents, including 13 fatal ones, resulting in 534 deaths, the report said.
While 2017 remains the safest year in aviation history with 10 accidents and 44 lives lost, there was an average of 14 accidents and 480 fatalities over the past five years. The crash of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 was the deadliest accident in 2019. The second-worst crash occurred in Moscow in May when an Aeroflot Sukhoi Superjet burst into flames during a high-speed emergency landing with 41 of the 78 passengers and crew onboard losing their lives.