Plane crash deaths rise in 2020 despite Covid pandemic

More people died in commercial plane crashes in 2020, an industry group said, despite the number of flights plummeting due to the pandemic.

Dutch aviation consultancy To70 found that 299 people were killed in commercial crashes worldwide last year, rising from 257 in 2019.This is despite a sharp drop in flights due to Covid-19. Tracking site Flightradar 24 reported commercial flights dropped by 42% last year.

According to To70, the figures include all deaths from large passenger aircraft accidents – including acts of unlawful interference, like the shooting down of aircraft.

Their figures for 2020 include the shooting down of a Ukraine International Airlines flight by Iranian armed forces last January. Iran plans to give 150,000 dollars to the families of each of the 176 people killed – more than half of all those killed in plane crashes last year.

To70 found the number of accidents fell to 40 from 86 the previous year. Only five of those 40 accidents proved fatal.

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