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2015 was a remarkably safe year for flying—with one caveat

Steve Mollman
By Steve Mollman

Weekend editor

You probably shouldn’t worry about surviving your next flight. In all of 2015, there were 68 accidents worldwide, according to an annual safety report released by the International Air Transport Association today (Feb. 15). Only four of those entailed fatalities, and those involved turboprop aircraft. That’s out of 37.6 million flights.

On average, in the five previous years there were 90 accidents per year, according to IATA, making 2015 particularly safe. But there’s a caveat.

The association did not count two of the year’s most prominent air disasters—the Germanwings and Metrojet incidents—because those were considered deliberate acts of unlawful interference. In March, a Germanwings co-pilot crashed flight 9525 into the French Alps, committing suicide while also killing over 140 others. In October, a Metrojet airline crashed in Egypt, killing over 220. Russian authorities concluded in November that a bomb had been onboard.

“The industry is working hard to improve security—which is probably the cause of the Metrojet event—and the industry is also looking at issues of mental health,” noted IATA president Tony Tyler in a statement.

The association released the numbers ahead of this week’s Singapore Airshow.

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