2017 Was Safest Year Ever For Aviation

Simon Calder, Independent

That an Air France A380 lost an engine over the Atlantic and landed safely this year is 'testament to the robustness' of the aircraft / AFP/Getty Images

But air safety expert says 'It is unlikely that this historic low will be maintained' and warns of risk of electronic devices causing inflight fires

In a year when more people flew to more places than ever, 2017 was the safest on record for airline passengers.

The Dutch-based aviation consultancy, To70, has released its Civil Aviation Safety Review for 2017. It reports only two fatal accidents, both involving small turbo-prop aircraft, with a total of 13 lives lost. 

No jets crashed in passenger service anywhere in the world.