2017 was a very safe year to fly

The body of a passenger recovered from the downed seaplane that crashed on Sunday killing six people is carried by police and paramedics

Dutch aviation consulting firm To70 and the Aviation Safety Network both reported yesterday there were no commercial passenger jet fatalities in 2017.

The Netherlands-based aviation consultancy To70 recorded 111 accidents, only two of which included fatalities.

As of 31 December 2017, there had been no recorded passenger jet accidents for 398 days since the crash that killed 71 people, including members of Brazilian football team Chapecoense Real, in November 2016.

The Dutch-based Aviation Safety Network (ASN), which monitors the performance of airlines, said previous year was the safest for the aviation industry, both in terms of the number of accidents and deaths. The data does not include cargo planes and propeller-driven passenger aircrafts.

However, To70 added that the exceptionally-low fatality rate in 2017 is unlikely to be maintained, as the seriousness of some of the nonfatal accidents shows.

In 2016 it recorded 16 accidents and 303 lives lost.

"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 global aviation organizations such as ICAO [International Civil Aviation Organization], IATA [International Air Transport Association], Flight Safety Foundation and the aviation industry", said organization president Harro Ranter.

It was 792 days since the last civilian aircraft accident claiming more than 100 lives.

A year ago five accidents involved cargo flights, five were passenger flights.

More than 36 million commercial flights took place in 2017, meaning the fatal accident rate for flights involving commercial passengers was fewer than one per 7 million flights, ASN said.

One out of 10 aircraft involved in accidents was operated by an airline on the European Union "blacklist".

It said that was still the "lowest in modern aviation history".

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