The headline “Commercial aircraft deaths worldwide up 15 percent” gets attention, but, for most of us, flying is safer than almost any time in history.
U.S. airlines, in 2010, did not lose a single human passenger.
The Associated Press reports accident rates were lowest in the former Soviet republics and North America, followed by North Asia and Europe. Rates were higher than the world average in the Asia-Pacific region, Middle East-North Africa and Latin America-Caribbean.
The highest rate was in Africa, where airlines accounted for 2 percent of worldwide passenger traffic but 23 percent of serious accidents.
That’s even worse than I-285 at rush hour.