Recent airline crashes run against trend toward safer flying
After a long trend toward greater safety in air travel, there has been an uptick in airline accidents and deaths in 2018 and 2019.
Many aviation experts regard that recent increase as a statistical blip, however. They note that accidents and deaths remain a fraction of the numbers from as recently as the 1990s. They credit advances in aircraft and airport design, better air traffic control, and improved pilot training.
The most recent deadly crash occurred Sunday in Moscow, when an Aeroflot plane caught fire after a hard emergency landing.
That comes after two crashes involving Boeing 737 Max jets that killed 346 people in Indonesia and Ethiopia.
Russian media reports say the Aeroflot plane was hit by lightning, but experts say planes are designed to safely handle lightning strikes.