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2017 safest year for aviation: industry agencies

The chances of dying in a plane crash are now one in 16 million. PHOTO | FOTOSEARCH
The chances of dying in a plane crash are now one in 16 million. PHOTO | FOTOSEARCH 

Last year was the safest year for civil aviation since plane crash statistics were first compiled in 1946, two industry studies have found.

A total of 10 crashes of civil passenger and cargo planes claimed 44 lives, said the Aviation Safety Network in a statement published Monday.

"The year 2017 turned out to be the safest year ever for commercial aviation," ASN said.

Five of the fatal accidents involved cargo flights and five passenger flights, it said.