AS you can see the figures are not exactly the same as the ones shown by the Aviation Safety Network (ASN), as EASA also takes into account smaller commercial aircraft, but still show a very low number of fatalities in 2017: 63, and, of course the fact that there have been no fatal accidents or fatalities in EASA large commercial aeroplanes, defined as EASA member state operated aircraft with a maximum take-off mass (MTOM) above 5,700Kg, carrying passengers or cargo. It has been therefore no doubt the year with the lowest number of fatal accidents in modern aviation history for worldwide commercial air transport with large aeroplanes.
As you can see, in 1972 there were 2,365 fatalities, having very similar figures in 1985 and 1996. These numbers are extremely different to the ones commercial aviation currently enjoys.If we focus on the numbers corresponding to last 10 years, fatalities climbed extraordinary in 2014, but have had a steady improvement since then. Let’s hope comercial aviation keeps having a down trendline, so that aircraft safety keeps reaching higher and higher standards every year!