2017 was safest year on record for commercial passenger air travel

The Public Safety Ministry posted video of the crash site showing burning wreckage

The Public Safety Ministry posted video of the crash site showing burning wreckage

On December 31, aviation had a record period of 398 days with no passenger jet airliner accidents.

The Aviation Safety Network also reported there were no commercial passenger jet deaths in 2017, but 10 fatal airliner accidents resulting in 44 fatalities onboard and 35 persons on the ground, including cargo planes and commercial passenger turbo prop aircraft.

The year 2017 turned out to be the safest year ever for commercial aviation, Aviation Safety Network data show.

Five of the fatal accidents involved cargo flights and five passenger flights.

However, according to a fact check by the Associated Press, reductions to passenger airline deaths should be credited largely to aircraft safety systems - as well as other improvements such as safety programmes adopted by airlines.

"2017 was much better than could reasonably (and statistically) be expected, and was again better than last year's remarkable performance", said To70 researcher Adrian Young.

An employee helps a passenger aircrafts of the Irish low-priced airline company Ryanair to park on the tarmac of the airport in Weeze, western Germany on December 22, 2017. Thus the most deadly air accident of the year - when the Myanmar military transport aircraft Y-8 crashed in June and killed 122 people - is not included in the total statistics. The 2017 numbers were "still the lowest numbers in modern aviation history", according to Harro Ranter, the chief executive for ASN.

But "despite the good news, a note of caution needs to be sounded", the To70 report warned. Plus, nonfatal accidents were up this year, including cases where planes couldn't stop at the end of the runway. Good news - it was just reported that there were Zero deaths in 2017, the best and safest year on record!'

His comments come after Trump on Tuesday morning tweeted: "Since taking office I have been very strict on Commercial Aviation".

The Aviation Safety Network said last year was "the safest year ever, both by the number of fatal accidents as well as in terms of fatalities".

The calculations of both sources do not include crashes with military planes or helicopters.

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