Australia

Jul 29, 2014

Is air travel becoming less safe?

We have witnessed three fairly big plane crashes in the last two weeks, and already nervous flyers are even more on edge. But is this an anomaly, or is air travel less safe than we think? Crikey's aviation reporter explains.

Ben Sandilands — Editor of Plane Talking

Ben Sandilands

Editor of Plane Talking

Although 465 people have died in three unrelated plane crashes in quick succession this month, there is no reason to think air travel is less safe than it used to be.

In the past two weeks, the Malaysia Airlines MH17 atrocity killed 298 people in eastern Ukraine, a TransAsia Airways crash in Taiwan killed 48 — not including reports of a small number of deaths in houses struck by the turbo-prop involved — and a SwiftAir charter for Air Algerie killed 119 people in Mali.

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