U.S. air carriers: No deaths for two years

U.S. airlines set a new record, going two years without a single passenger fatality.

EMAIL  |   PRINT  |   SHARE  |   RSS
 
google my aol my msn my yahoo! netvibes
Paste this link into your favorite RSS desktop reader
See all CNNMoney.com RSS FEEDS (close)

Have stock market losses caused you to postpone retirement plans?
  • No
  • Yes, by a couple of years
  • Yes, by 5 years or more
  • I'll never be able to retire

CNN -- For the first time since jet airliners took to the sky, U.S. carriers have gone two years without a single passenger fatality.

A fatality-free year in carrier history is rare, an analysis by the industry trade group, Air Transport Association, found. There have only been four separate years since 1958 without a passenger death, among them 1998 and 2003.

Thus, the two year streak in 2007 and 2008 is all the more remarkable when airlines ferried more than a billion passengers.

"That stellar record isn't something that came about by accident," ATA spokesman David Castelveter told CNN.

The industry, he said, "has been working hard for years, looking at past accidents so as not to have similar things happen in the future."

Arnold Barnett, a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology who has extensively researched aviation safety, said improvements in technology have helped bring down the fatality figures.

"The manufacturers of the air frame are making better equipment. The power plant people, the engine manufacturers are doing the same. The crews are better trained. It's just an all-around effort," he said.

Last month, a Continental Airlines jet veered off a runway at Denver (Colorado) International Airport.

The accident injured 38 people, most from bruises and broken bones as frightened passengers tried to flee a fire that broke out on board Flight 1404.

But in that case as well, no one died.

"If you see a child in the airport today or tomorrow," said Barnett, "that child has a greater chance of growing up to be president than failing to reach his or her destination safely." To top of page

Features
They're hiring!These Fortune 100 employers have at least 350 openings each. What are they looking for in a new hire? More
If the Fortune 500 were a country...It would be the world's second-biggest economy. See how big companies' sales stack up against GDP over the past decade. More
Sponsored By:
More Galleries
50 years of the Ford Mustang Take a drive down memory lane with our favorite photos of the car through the years. More
Cool cars from the New York Auto Show These are some of the most interesting new models and concept vehicles from the Big Apple's car show. More
8 CEOs who took a pay cut in 2013 Median CEO pay inched up 9% in 2013 to $13.9 million. But not everyone got a bump last year. Here are eight CEOs who missed out. More
Sponsors

Market indexes are shown in real time, except for the DJIA, which is delayed by two minutes. All times are ET. Disclaimer LIBOR Warning: Neither BBA Enterprises Limited, nor the BBA LIBOR Contributor Banks, nor Reuters, can be held liable for any irregularity or inaccuracy of BBA LIBOR. Disclaimer. Morningstar: © 2014 Morningstar, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Disclaimer The Dow Jones IndexesSM are proprietary to and distributed by Dow Jones & Company, Inc. and have been licensed for use. All content of the Dow Jones IndexesSM © 2014 is proprietary to Dow Jones & Company, Inc. Chicago Mercantile Association. The market data is the property of Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc. and its licensors. All rights reserved. FactSet Research Systems Inc. 2014. All rights reserved. Most stock quote data provided by BATS.