Airplane Crashes Around the World (2011-2015)
According to a recent Boeing report, since 1994 a total of over 660 million airplane departures have been recorded. This Silk uses data from the Plane Crash Information database and Bureau of Aircraft Accidents Archives to examine civil and commercial airplane crashes around the globe from 2011-2015.
Since 2011, hundreds of airplanes have crashed around the world––from the Northwest Territories of Canada to the Thach That district of Vietnam. The two deadliest airplane crashes occurred in 2014 and both flights were operated by Malaysia Airlines. The first plane crash, flight MH370, occurred on March 8, 2014 on the South Indian Ocean. The crash claimed the lives of 239 passengers and crew members. In the second plane crash on July 17, 2014, flight MH17 was shot down by a missile in eastern Ukraine. The crash resulted in the death of 298 passengers and crew members.
Deaths from Airplane Crashes
Number of deaths, mapped by location of airplane crash.
Region of Airplane Crashes
Between 2011-2015, the majority of airplanes crashed in Asia, followed by North America and Africa. Surprisingly, few airplanes crashed in international waters.
Airplane crashes between 2011-2015, graphed by region of crash.
Aircrafts Involved in Airplane Crashes
Most airplane crashes seem to be isolated and not related to any specific airline operator. However the Cessna 208B Grand Caravan, a one-engine and nine-seat aircraft, was involved in multiple crashes. Below are the top 5 aircrafts that were involved in airplane crashes between 2011-2015.
Number of Recent Crashes, by Location datacards grouped by Aircraft
Airplane Crashes with the Highest Deaths
In 2014 alone, between March and July, nearly 700 passengers and crew members were killed in three separate airplane crashes. Despite such high casualties during a short amount of time, 2014 was not the deadliest year for airplane crashes. As this table demonstrates, hundreds of crashes during the 1940s-1990s resulted in high fatalities. To date, 1944 remains the deadliest year for flight. According to the Bureau of Aircraft Accidents Archives, over 4400 passengers and crew members died that year in 908 airplane crashes.
Years with the highest fatalities due to airplane crashes.
May 12, 2010.
April 20, 2012.
July 17, 2014.
Although the year 2014 resulted in the highest number of casualties from airplane crashes, 2011 remains the deadliest year in the dataset for total number of crashes. In other words, most of the airplanes that crashed in 2014 carried more passengers compared to those in previous years.