How Dangerous is the Sky?

Transport | World | December 1, 2015
Excel Sheet

The 2014 global jet accident rate was, according to IATA, the lowest rate in history and the equivalent of one accident for every 4.4 million flights. Nevertheless, many people have a fear of flying which neither logic nor statistics can ever beat, because flying is, in fact, irrational for human beings. 

There were two tragic aviation events that 2014 will be remembered for—MH 370 and MH 17. The disappearance and loss of MH 370 is still a mystery, it is classified as a fatal accident—one of 12 in 2014. The shooting down of MH 17 took 298 lives in an act of aggression.

Let’s remind ourselves that it’s ‘International Civil Aviation Day’ on 7 December and have a look at some more facts provided by The International Air Transport Association (IATA)

There were in 2014:

- 12 fatal accidents (all aircraft types) versus 19 in the five-year average

- 641 fatalities compared to 517 fatalities/year in the five-year period 2009-2013.

- More than 3.3 billion people flew safely on 38 million flights

- 73 accidents (all aircraft types), down from 86 in the five-year average 

- 16% of all accidents were fatal, below the five-year average of 22%

For comparison there were 631 road fatalities just in the Czech Republic, out of total 1.25 million in the world in 2014. But as already mentioned above, no beast can kill The Fear