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Air travel is getting safer

Don’t be discouraged – despite the stories out of Malaysia this week, air travel is actually safer than it’s ever been.

Casualties as a result of air travel have consistently decreased in the last few decades, while passengers carried have rapidly increased, according to this chart from The Economist.

Number of aircraft incidents vs injuries

 

Very few of those casualties are down to hijacking or bombing, somewhat encouragingly.

The IBTimes have also created a chart, mapping plane crashes per year against passenger and crew deaths per year – both of which are in steady decline in recent decades.

Although the scaling is somewhat odd, it does tell an encouraging story.

Feel any safer yet?

 

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