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Subscribe to our mailing list Advertisement That unfortunate soul was a passenger on board an ATR turboprop that crashed after takeoff in Canada in December.
Twenty-four others on the plane survived. Thus becomes the safest year in the history of civil aviation. It was that held that honor previously, but the fact is that flying has become so safe that year-over-year comparisons are increasingly academic. What we see is a trend that began about thirty years ago, and has since reached the point where air safety, as we know it, and what we now expect of it, has been radically transformed.
Disasters still occur from time to time see Malaysia Airlinesand there are ups and downs of statistical correction. But the safety bar, so to speak, is in a totally different place. There are so many intriguing ways to quantify this. And while this is a global story that airlines the world over can be proud of, here are four statistics that Americans, in particular, can savor: The last fatal airliner accident on U.
Three teenage girls were killed in that incident, one of whom was struck by a rescue vehicle. The last fatal accident involving a U. The last fatality involving a U. And perhaps the most remarkable stat of them all is this one: Not all that long ago, the idea that our biggest airlines, each of which records thousands of departures every day of the week, could, combined, go the better part of two decades without a single crash, would have been unthinkable.
This is arguably the most impressive accomplishment in American aviation history. In decades past, one or two crashes every year involving one or more of the mainline U. And in other regions of the globe the numbers could be staggering.
Consider for a moment the year During that one year, 27 major crashes around the world resulted in the deaths of almost 2, people! These included the Air-India bombing over the North Atlantic, with casualties, and, two months later, the crash of Japan Airlines flight outside Tokyo, with dead.
These, the second and fifth-most deadly accidents in aviation history, happened 49 days apart! When I was in sixth grade, in the late s, I started keeping newspaper clippings of plane crashes.
Whenever there was an accident, anywhere in the world, I would snip the related articles from the paper and put them into a shirt box. By the end of junior high, that box was jammed full. Six, nine, ten, even a dozen catastrophes every year had been the norm. The big question is, how did we get here?
No, it has nothing to do with Donald Trump, who this week shocked absolutely nobody by taking credit for the good news in a typically preposterous Twitter message.
In typical fashion, instead of congratulating the thousands of professionals who helped make this happen, he congratulated himself, having done virtually nothing. The first is better crew training: Almost as critical has been a raft of improved aircraft technologies: These people and organizations, often with very conflicting missions and priorities, have, for the most part figured out a way to work together.
The specifics here are varied and expansive, from the standardization of runway markings and air traffic control protocols to substance abuse programs. And a dearth of headline tragedies does not mean we should rest on our laurels.Time to push back against the global warming Nazis February 20th, by Roy W.
Spencer, Ph. D. We are so powerful.
We CAN change the climate. We can do all that, but we can’t keep cowlings on our engines. We can’t keep planes in the sky.
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