2017 safest year for post-war civil aviation Jan 03, 2018 0 94 12345 AFPWashingtonLast year was the safest year for civil aviation since plane crash statistics were first compiled in 1946, two industry studies have found.President Donald Trump hailed the results on Tuesday, and credited his"very strict" stance on commercial aviation for the positive data in the United States.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.The previous year, ASN recorded 16 accidents and 303 lives lost.No major airline crashed a plane, the To70 agency said in its annual report, also published Monday."The past year has been another exceptionally good year for civil aviation safety," To70 said."2017 was much better than could reasonably (and statistically) be expected, and was again better than last year's remarkable performance," said To70 researcher Adrian Young.The chances of dying in a plane crash are now one in 16 million, Young said, making air travel the safest means of transport even as worldwide air traffic grew by three percent in 2017 over 2016.The To70 report used data from the International Air Transport Association (IATA) which is to issue its own annual report soon.Accidents involving military planes, including military transport aircraft, were not taken into account in the study.ASN President Harro Ranter said the low number of accidents was"no surprise," coming after a steady decline of fatalities in recent years. Pages 12 POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES Legalised pot sale off to a blazing start in California Jan 03, 2018 0 702 Extreme cold sparks chaos at Canada airports Jan 03, 2018 0 348 US sees no rise in autism in past 3 years Jan 03, 2018 0 97 Kuwait, 5 other nations join UN Security Council AFP United Nations Equatorial Guinea, Ivory Coast, Kuwait, Peru, Poland and the Netherlands formally joined the ranks of the non-permanent members of the United Nations Security Council on Tuesday"to make a .. Soldier held for killing pregnant woman in line for pork: Venezuela REUTERS CARACAS Venezuelan authorities arrested a National Guard soldier over the weekend and accused him of shooting a pregnant 18 year-old during an incident that local media described as a melee over scarce pork. .. At least 9 die, 14 others hurt in Brazil prison riot AFP Sao Paulo At least nine people were killed and 14 others wounded Monday in a prison riot in the central Brazilian state of Goias that ended in a blaze -- and the escape of more than 100 inmates, local media reported. ..