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May 18, 2024
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The terrible news today about the Japan Airlines Airbus A350-900 on fire in Tokyo is a quick reminder that in aviation, safety can never be taken for granted. Reports say that all 379 occupants were evacuated safely before the aircraft was fully engulfed in flames, while five occupants of a Coast Guard aircraft that was struck by the Airbus are feared dead. The accident on the second day of 2024 follows just a day after Dutch aviation consultancy To70 concluded that 2023 has been one of the safest years in commercial aviation.

To70 states that there have been no fatalities with large commercial turbofan aircraft in 2023, while 86 occupants died in two accidents with turboprop aircraft. This brings the fatal accident rate down to the same level as in 2017. However, there are concerns about other safety trends in commercial aviation, including the high number of runway incursions.


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Richard Schuurman
Active as a journalist since 1987, with a background in newspapers, magazines, and a regional news station, Richard has been covering commercial aviation on a freelance basis since late 2016. Richard is contributing to AirInsight since December 2018. He also writes for Airliner World, Aviation News, Piloot & Vliegtuig, and Luchtvaartnieuws Magazine. Twitter: @rschuur_aero.