Flying in 2017 was safer than it's ever been

President Donald Trump waves as he arrives to board Air Force One at Palm Beach International Airport Monday Jan. 1 2018 in West Palm Beach Fla. to return to Washington

According to the Aviation Safety Network, no one died in 2017 due to an aviation accident aboard a commercial passenger jet.

The figures also include the December 31, 2017 crash of a Cessna 208B Caravan in Costa Rica that killed all 12 aboard, including 10 American citizens.

In total, past year was "still the lowest numbers in modern aviation history", wrote Harro Ranter, chief executive of the ASN.

It reported that in the last two years, the number of aviation related deaths have been decreasing.

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Airlines recorded zero accident deaths in commercial passenger jets previous year, according to two independent reports released at the beginning of 2018. Five of these accidents involved cargo flights and the other five involved small passenger turbo-prop planes.

In 2016 ASN recorded 16 accidents and 303 deaths.

ANS recorded a total of 10 fatal airliner accidents in 2017, resulting in 44 occupant fatalities and 35 persons on the ground. "Civil aviation, whilst an industry with a very high level of safety, does still carry very large risks". These incidents weren't included because both the aircrafts involved weighed below 5700 kilograms, which was the threshold for the review.

"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 worldwide aviation organisations such as ICAO, IATA, Flight Safety Foundation and the aviation industry".

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The risks to civil aviation remain high as shown by the seriousness of some of the non-fatal accidents.

The review stated the fact that electronic objects in the check-in baggage can result in possible danger.

In 2016, 412 people were killed in the United States in aviation accidents - almost all in general aviation accidents and none on commercial passenger airlines. Five crew members were killed when their Boeing 727 crashed to the ground in Colombia.

The report further stated that the United Kingdom had the best record in terms of air-safety. Sixteen U.S. Marines were killed in a crash near Itta Bena, Mississippi in July, the worst air accident on U.S. soil in 2017. No fatal incidents were recorded with a British airline since the 1980s.

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