2017 was by far the safest year in aviation history with a dramatic decline in the number of deaths involving plane crashes.
There were just ten fatal accidents involving commercial flights last year, resulting in 44 deaths, and none of these involved a passenger jet.
The ten fatal accidents included five cargo flights and five passenger flights using turboprop aircraft, according to the Aviation Safety Network which records all air crashes and incidents around the world.
This figure is down from 16 fatal accidents and 302 deaths in 2016
According to ASN President Harro Ranter: “Since 1997 the average number of airliner accidents has shown a steady and persistent decline, thanks to the continuing safety-driven efforts by international aviation organisations such as ICAO, IATA, Flight Safety Foundation and the aviation industry.”
Last year saw a total of 36.8 million passenger flights which works out at just one fatal accident for every 7.36 million departures.
The deadliest incident last year occurred in January when a Turkish cargo jet crashed into a village in Kyrgyzstan as it tried to land at a nearby airport in dense fog, killing 35 on the ground and all four onboard.
The last fatal passenger jet airliner accident worldwide took place in November 2016 near Medellin, Colombia, claiming the lives of a Brazilian football team.
The last commercial passenger aircraft crash to kill more than 100 people occurred in October 2015 after leaving Sharm El Sheikh International Airport in Egypt, in a suspected bomb attack.
Among the deadliest years in recent history was 2014, when 18 accidents involving commercial flights saw 961 people perish – the two Malaysia Airlines crashes being the most high profile.
12th January 2017