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Despite high profile accidents, 2014 was the safest year ever according to ASN data
1 January 2015

The Aviation Safety Network today released the 2014 airliner accident statistics showing a record low total of 21 fatal airliner accidents, resulting in 990 fatalities. 

Despite several high profile accidents, the year 2014 turned out to be a very safe year for commercial aviation, Aviation Safety Network data show.

Over the year 2014 the Aviation Safety Network recorded a total of 21 fatal airliner accidents, resulting in 990 fatalities. This makes 2014 the safest year ever by number of fatal accidents and the 24th safest year ever in terms of fatalities. Most accidents involved cargo flights (10) and passenger flights (8). Given the expected worldwide air traffic of 33,000,000 flights, the accident rate is 1 fatal passenger flight accident per 4,125,000 flights.

The worst accident last year happened on July 17 when a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 (flight MH17)  crashed in Ukraine, killing 298.

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 international aviation organisations such as ICAO, IATA, Flight Safety Foundation and the aviation industry.”

Two out of 21 accident airplanes were operated by airlines on the E.U. “black list”.

Africa still is the least safe continent, accounting for 43% of all fatal airliner accidents while the continent only has approximately three percent of all world air traffic. This is also reflected by the fact that, on average, African nations score 4.6 on a scale of 10 in aviation safety audits performed by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO). Additionally, the airlines of fifteen African nations are not allowed to fly into the E.U. Three countries are banned in the U.S.


Statistics are based on a selection of worldwide fatal accidents involving civil aircraft with a minimum capacity of 14 passengers.

The Aviation Safety Network is an independent organisation located in the Netherlands. Founded in 1996. It has the aim to provide everyone with a (professional) interest in aviation with up-to-date, complete and reliable authoritative information on airliner accidents and safety issues. ASN is an exclusive service of the Flight Safety Foundation (FSF). The figures have been compiled using the airliner accident database of the Aviation Safety Network, the Internet leader in aviation safety information. The Aviation Safety Network uses information from authoritative and official sources.

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Harro Ranter
the Aviation Safety Network
e-mail: hr@aviation-safety.net
twitter: @AviationSafety