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Causes of Fatal Accidents by Decade (percentage)

Cause 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s All
Total Pilot Error 58 63 44 57 55 57 53
Pilot Error 42 36 25 29 29 34 32
 Pilot Error  (weather related) 10 18 14 16 21 18 16
 Pilot Error (mechanical related) 6 9 5 2 5 5 5
 Other Human Error 3 8 9 5 8 6 6
 Weather 16 9 14 14 8 6 12
 Mechanical Failure 21 19 20 21 18 22 20
 Sabotage 3 5 11 12 10 9 8
 Other Cause 0 2 2 1 1 0 1

The table above was compiled from the PlaneCrashInfo.com accident database and represents 1,015 fatal accidents involving commercial aircraft, world-wide, from 1950 thru 2010 for which a specific cause was known. Aircraft with 18 or less passengers aboard, military aircraft , private aircraft and helicopters were excluded.

"Pilot error (weather related)" represents accidents in which pilot error was the cause but brought about by weather related phenomena. "Pilot error (mechanical related)" represents accidents in which pilot error was the cause but brought about by some type of mechanical failure. "Other human error" includes air traffic controller errors, improper loading of aircraft, fuel contamination and improper maintenance procedures. Sabotage includes explosive devices, shoot downs and hijackings. "Total pilot error" is the total of all three types of pilot error (in yellow). Where there were multiple causes, the most prominent cause was used.Source: PlaneCrashInfo.com database

Number Of Accidents Per Year / Number of Accidents With Greater than 99 Fatalities

(Aircraft with greater than 18 passengers) 

Accident - year

Fatalities by Phase of Flight

Phase flight

Which type of flying is safer

Type of Flight Fatalities per million flight hours
Airliner (Scheduled and nonscheduled Part 121) 4.03
Commuter Airline (Scheduled Part 135) 10.74
Commuter Plane (Nonscheduled Part 135 - Air taxi on demand) 12.24
General Aviation (Private Part 91) 22.43

Sources: NTSB Accidents and Accident Rates by NTSB Classification 1998-2007

Odds of being involved in a fatal accident

Odds of being on an airline flight which results in at least one fatality Odds of being killed on a single airline flight
78 major world airlines

1 in 3.4 million 

78 major world airlines

1 in 4.7 million

Top 39 airlines with the best accident rates 

 1 in 10.0 million 

Top 39 airlines with the best accident rates 

 1 in 19.8 million 

Bottom 39 with the worst accident rates 

 1 in 1.5 million

Bottom 39 with the worst accident rates 

 1 in 2.0 million

Source: OAG Aviation & PlaneCrashInfo.com accident database, 20 years of data (1993 - 2012) 

Survival rate of passengers on
aircraft involved in fatal accidents
carrying 10+ passengers

Decade % surviving
1930s 21
1940s 20
1950s 24
1960s 19
1970s 25
1980s 34
1990s 35
2000s 24

Survival rate of passengers on aircraft ditching during controlled flight 53%

Source: PlaneCrashInfo.com accident database

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