It has undoubtedly been a horrendous year for Malaysia-based carriers, concluding with the missing AsiaAirlines flight QZ8501, with 162 passengers and crew.
But here’s a statistic on how safe it is to fly: as of September 2014, the average rate of crashes was 2.1 per one million flights. And 2014, has had the lowest number of crashes—111 to date—in the jet age.
“It will probably come as a surprise to most people, but really it was a very safe year,” Paul Hayes, of the aviation consulting firm Ascend told the Wall Street Journal.
On the other hand, 2014 has also witnessed a spike in casualties, with 1320 deaths—if all the souls on QZ8501 have indeed perished.
According to BAAA-ACRO, 2013 had the lowest number of deaths in crashes in modern aviation, with 459 casualties.
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