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Fewer large airline crashes in 2019

People in New York may be safer than in the past when flying on commercial airlines, according to a report. In 2019, the number of people who lost their lives in airplane crashes on commercial flights dropped by over 50%. This sharp decrease in deaths came despite a major crash in Ethiopia in March 2019, which killed 153 people. Still, the toll taken by commercial airplane crashes can be severe. The report, which examined large jets rather than small turboprops, noted that 2019 saw 86 different accidents involving commercial flights, and eight of them were fatal. In those crashes, 257 people were killed.

The year before, in 2018, there were 160 large commercial airline crashes, including 13 fatal incidents which took 534 lives. While deadly, airplane accidents are rare, especially when fatal accidents are taken into account. There was one fatal accident out of every 5,580,000 flights in 2019, a number that highlights the rarity of these incidents. Because each incident can lead to massive casualties, however, improving airline safety remains an important goal. Large commercial airline accidents can take the lives of passengers, airplane crew and people on the ground hit by the plane or other falling debris.

Airline safety has been a major focus in 2019, with Boeing pulling its newer, best-selling plane, the 737 MAX, from the market after two serious crashes, including the March crash in Ethiopia. The other 737 MAX crash took place in October 2018 in Indonesia, and both incidents were linked to problems controlling the plane associated with 737 MAX software updates.

While commercial aviation accidents are rare, when they do take place, they can affect people for years to come. Families may lose loved ones and survivors struggle with permanent disabilities. An injury lawyer may help people affected by airline crashes to pursue compensation for their damages.

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