Airplane Crashes

Commercial scheduled air travel is among the safest modes of transportation; the 2018 lifetime odds of dying as an aircraft passenger in the United States were too small to calculate. Preliminary estimates of the total number of accidents involving a U.S.-registered civilian aircraft increased from 1,315 in 2017 to 1,347 in 2018. The number of civil aviation deaths increased, from 347 in 2017 to 393 in 2018. All but two of the 393 deaths in 2018 were onboard fatalities. One of these deaths involved a commercial airline.

Use the interactive chart to explore aviation accident trends by U.S. air carrier category. Major airlines (scheduled service) experienced one onboard fatality and a fatal accident rate of 0.005 per 100,000 flight hours in 2018. This contrasts sharply with general aviation, which experienced 378 onboard deaths and a fatal accident rate of 1.029.

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