Airplane Crashes

Commercial scheduled air travel is among the safest modes of transportation; the lifetime odds of dying as an aircraft passenger is 1 in 205,552. The total number of accidents involving a U.S.-registered civilian aircraft increased from 1,282 in 2015 to a preliminary estimate of 1,335 in 2016. The number of civil aviation deaths increased slightly, from 406 in 2015 to 408 in 2016. Of the 408 deaths in 2016, 404 were onboard fatalities. None of these deaths involved commercial scheduled air carriers.

Use the interactive chart to explore aviation accident trends by U.S. air carrier category. Major airlines (both scheduled and nonscheduled service) experienced no onboard fatalities in 2016. This contrasts sharply with general aviation, which experienced 379 onboard deaths and a fatal accident rate of 0.989 per 100,000 flight hours.

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