Stats: 2017 Was Safest Year for Air Travel on Record
Stats: 2017 Was Safest Year for Air Travel on Record
No, Donald Trump Has Not Made It Safer to Fly
03 January, 2018, 02:14
Five crew members were killed when their Boeing 727 crashed to the ground in Colombia.
The Aviation Safety Network (ASN) revealed in their annual report that there had only been 10 fatal air accidents, resulting in 44 occupant fatalities and 35 persons on the ground, in what was described as an "exceptionally good year for civil aviation safety" in 2017.
White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders did not answer directly when asked at a briefing if Trump's White House predecessor, Barack Obama, also deserved credit for the long stretch without a USA commercial passenger jet crash. Monday marked the 399th day since the last fatal passenger jet airliner accident, according to CNN Money. That crash in November 2016 killed 71 of the 77 people aboard, including most of the Brazilian Chapecoense football team.
Airliner accidents have been on a consistent decline since 1992. And changes to pilot training and global regulations have yielded results in significantly tamping down airliner accidents.
That figure includes 12 people killed on December 31 when a Nature Air Cessna 208B Grand Caravan aircraft crashed minutes after takeoff into a mountainous area off the beach town of Punta Islita, Costa Rica.
In March, the United States imposed restrictions on passengers carrying laptops in cabins on nine primarily Middle Eastern airlines to address the potential threat of hidden explosives. The ASN considers that plane a commercial aircraft.
It was also noted that if non-commercial flights and military incidents were included, fatalities would jump to 230 over 24 accidents. The 2017 numbers were "still the lowest numbers in modern aviation history", according to Harro Ranter, the chief executive for ASN.
The deadliest incident a year ago occurred in January when a Turkish cargo jet smashed into a village in Kyrgyzstan as it tried to land at a nearby airport in dense fog, killing 35 on the ground and all four onboard.
Sanders said Trump "has raised the bar for our nation's aviation safety and security", citing his proposal to privatize air traffic control, which has not been approved, and the Homeland Security Department's enhanced security measures.
Trump had harsh words for the FAA's air-traffic control system previous year during the debate over whether it should be privatized and spun off to a non-profit. The major USA airlines haven't suffered a fatal crash since 2001 and there has not been a fatality aboard a US carrier since February 2009, when Colgan Air 3407 crashed on approach into Buffalo, killing 49 aboard and one on the ground.
If Hatch had opted to stay in the Senate, he could have faced a formidable challenge from a crop of ambitious Utah Republicans. The senator returned the favor at the White House when Trump signed the tax measure, calling him "one heck of a leader".
Due to concerns with cold weather affecting buses, Lancaster County students will start school two hours late on Wednesday. DeKalb County students will be on a two-hour delay when they return to school this week following the Christmas break.
Bachmann, who last held a seat in Congress in 2015, said she has been approached by people urging her to run for Senate. Democrats spent millions trying to unseat her while she represented a solidly conservative House district.
It sounds like the stuff of science fiction, but for passengers aboard Hawaiian Airlines Flight 446 that's exactly what they did . The anomaly was noticed by an American journalist which, even though quite common, amazed Twitter.
This will be the first new music from Timberlake since his radio hit "Can't Stop the Feeling" from the movie Trolls in 2017. The album comes out February 2, but a single from the album will premiere this Friday, January 5.
As the abuse on social media continues to pile on, Logan has issued an apology on Twitter acknowledging it was a mistake. Though the dead man was not identified and his face was blurred, the footage included close-up shots of his corpse.
A WARNING was issued to 14 counties earlier today, advising people to stay inside as winds of up to 130 km/h were predicted . A yellow weather warning has been issued across the South-east ahead of the arrival of Storm Eleanor tonight (Tuesday).
Munro scored the second-fastest Twenty20 worldwide fifty by a New Zealand player, taking just 18 balls to reach the milestone. Colin Munro blasted a whirlwind 66 off 23 deliveries after the Windies won the toss and put New Zealand into bat.
According to a tweet from the Lancaster Office of Emergency Management, there are 75 vehicles involved in the crash. A multi-vehicle crash has shut down the eastbound Thruway near the Depew exit just east of Transit Road.
WTI prices were further boosted by an EIA report of a 4.6-M bbl weekly drop in USA commercial Crude Oil storage levels. Brent crude futures, the worldwide benchmark, were down 53 cents, or 0.8 per cent at $66.34 a barrel.
I'm sure he will still say the ambulance ride was cool! Kim wrote on Instagram alongside a photo of her holding the tot. Kim and Kanye West are said to have remained at his bedside, sharing overnight duties.
Bruce Arians tells Cardinals he is retiring
Pagano also did not possess any experience as a head coach when the Colts hired him on January 25, 2012. Long-time receivers coach Tyke Tolbert and special teams coordinator Brock Olivo also were let go.
Far-right German MP slammed for anti-Muslim tweet
Rainer Wendt, who heads the right-leaning DpolG union, said that establishing a safe zone sends a "devastating message". Twitter and Facebook's tough stance came as an anti-online hate speech law went into effect in Germany on January 1.
Mega Millions, Powerball jackpots swell to $800M
It's the second time that Powerball and Mega Millions have had jackpots bigger than $300 million at the same time. That's more than they spent on movies, video games, music, sports tickets and books - combined.
State Sees More Severe Flu Cases, More Hospitalizations
Reports that this year's flu vaccine is not effective against the strain that's circulating most widely: Type A, subtype H3N2. Local health officials say getting a flu shot isn't only about helping yourself, but also the people around you.
23 injured in NY city fire
The multi-storey building is situated on the corner of the Commonwealth and Bronx River avenues in Van Nest. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio called it the worst fire tragedy the city has seen in a quarter century.
US service member killed in Nangarhar province
USA officials had hoped by the end of previous year to defeat the group, known as ISIS-Khorasan province, or ISIS-K. An estimated 14,000 US service members are now based in Afghanistan, according to ABC News.
Packers apparently extended Mike McCarthy during the season
For a place that values consistency, having a new G.M. and a coach in a lame duck year would have been out of character. Sherman was sacked a year later, clearing the way for Thompson to hire his own coach, who turned out to be McCarthy.
Mighty Mayfield can't propel Oklahoma to win in Rose Bowl
Auburn was responsible for Georgia's only loss, a 40-17 defeat on November 11, but the Bulldogs avenged it in the SEC title game. He threw only 13 passes in the second half and four more in overtime, including a single shovel pass on the first possession.