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Safer than ever: best year on record for air travel

9/01/2014
Passengers were already Tweeting photos of the Asiana crash last month while the aircraft was still burning. © Safer than ever: best year on record for air travel Passengers were already Tweeting photos of the Asiana crash last month while the aircraft was still burning.

Travelling by plane has never been safer, the EU's European Aviation Safety Agency said on Wednesday.

"Worldwide fatal accidents involving large commercial air transport airplanes were lower in 2013 than any other year in the last decade, with 17 accidents, compared with a yearly average of 27," the agency said.

In line with the drop in crashes, fatalities also plummeted last year with only 224 killed in plane accidents worldwide compared with a yearly average of 703 between 2003 and 2012.

In European Union skies, there were no fatal accidents "involving large commercial air transport airplanes," the agency said with airlines carrying out approximately 6 million commercial flights that transported 800 million passengers.

One of the highest profile incidents of 2013 was the crash landing of Asiana Flight 214 at San Francisco's airport in July. The Korean airline hit a seawall after approaching too low and slow towards the runway. Three people were killed.

2014 marks the 100th year anniversary of commercial air travel.

AFP

The Asiana Boeing 777 lies wrecked on the runway at San Francisco International Airport. Despite several fatal incidents, 2013 was the safest year on record for air travel. © Getty Images-AFP The Asiana Boeing 777 lies wrecked on the runway at San Francisco International Airport. Despite several fatal incidents, 2013 was the safest year on record for air travel.
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