The year 2020 closes with more fatalities from air accidents than 2019 despite the pandemic

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In 2020, a total of 299 people died due to accidents involving large commercial aircraft, up from 257 fatalities in 2019, despite the drastic reduction in air traffic due to the pandemic.

The Dutch aviation consulting company To70 has published a study that collects these figures and data such as that in the year that just ended there were 40 airplane accidents, while in 2019 there were 86.

Thus, the accident rate for these aircraft stands at 0.27 per million flights, or one fatal accident for every 3.7 million flights, up from 0.18 in 2019. These statistics do not include aircraft accidents. planes.

During 2020, commercial flights worldwide have been reduced by 42 percent to 24.4 million flights, according to the Flightradar24 portal.

More than half of the deaths in 2020 correspond to the accidental downing of a Ukrainian plane in Iran that killed 176 people. The second most serious incident is that of a Pakistani plane that crashed in May with 98 people on board.

In the last two decades, deaths from plane crashes have fallen dramatically. In 2005 there were 1,015 deaths in commercial airplane accidents, according to the Aviation Safety Network, while 2017 was the recent year with the fewest fatalities, a total of 13.

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