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Data Indicates Commercial Aviation Accidents Decreased in 2013

January 10, 2014

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The risk of involvement in a Commercial Aviation Accident is a legitimate concern for those who travel by air, but new data indicates the industry is safer than ever before. Researchers have shown that 2013 was one of the safest years for the aviation industry in the past decade.

According to an article from Air Traffic Management, there was a total of 17 commercial airline crashes last year as compared to the average of 27 reported in previous years. Fatalities also came in at a low in 2013 with 224 lives being lost. The average annual fatality total between 2003 - 2011 was 703.

These numbers leave many citizens wondering what accounts for the safety improvements. Experts point to several likely suspects.

  • Improved Technology- Companies are developing new and innovative equipment that can help pilots guide their aircraft, therefore reducing crash numbers.
  • Better Training- In the wake of several recent crashes, the National Transportation Safety Board has launched several programs aimed at better preparing pilots for the plethora of conditions they can face in the air.
  • Stiffer Standards- Regulations have been tightened regarding the goals that must be achieved before a pilot can operate certain aircraft.

The Aviation Accident Attorneys with Nurenberg, Paris, Heller & McCarthy applaud the efforts that have been made to improve aviation safety and hope further actions will be taken in the future.

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