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Global aviation fatalities per million passengers

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What you should know about this indicator

  • Fatal accidents, hijacking incidents and numbers of fatalities are based on airliners of 14+ passengers, and do not include corporate jet and military transport accidents.
  • Information contained in the Aviation Safety Network database is based on information from official sources, such as authorities and safety boards.
Source
Aviation Safety Network (2024); Multiple sources compiled by World Bank (2024) – processed by Our World in Data
Last updated
June 5, 2024
Date range
1970–2021
Unit
fatalities

Sources and processing

This data is based on the following sources

Retrieved on
June 5, 2024
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The Flight Safety Foundation's Aviation Safety Network (ASN) - Accidents and fatalities per year (2024).

The World Development Indicators (WDI) is the primary World Bank collection of development indicators, compiled from officially-recognized international sources. It presents the most current and accurate global development data available, and includes national, regional and global estimates.

Retrieved on
May 20, 2024
Citation
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World Bank's World Development Indicators (WDI).

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Notes on our processing step for this indicator
  • Calculated by dividing the number of fatalities, from the Aviation Safety Network, by the number of worldwide passengers, from the World Bank's World Development Indicators, and multiplying by 1,000,000.

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“Data Page: Global aviation fatalities per million passengers”, part of the following publication: Hannah Ritchie and Max Roser (2021) - “Transport”. Data adapted from Aviation Safety Network, International Civil Aviation Organization (via World Bank). Retrieved from https://ourworldindata.org/grapher/aviation-fatalities-per-million-passengers [online resource]
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Aviation Safety Network (2024); Multiple sources compiled by World Bank (2024) – processed by Our World in Data

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Aviation Safety Network (2024); Multiple sources compiled by World Bank (2024) – processed by Our World in Data. “Global aviation fatalities per million passengers” [dataset]. Aviation Safety Network, “Accidents and fatalities per year”; International Civil Aviation Organization (via World Bank), “World Development Indicators” [original data]. Retrieved June 12, 2024 from https://ourworldindata.org/grapher/aviation-fatalities-per-million-passengers