A happy milestone in airline safety: This year has been the safest by far since humans started tooling around in jets, reports the Wall Street Journal. Among the numbers it cites from the Aviation Safety Network:
- Worldwide, 22 fatal crashes had been reported this year as of yesterday, down from 28 last year and from a 10-year average of 34. None were in the US, a streak that goes back to 2009.
- Only 10 of those involved passenger planes, and just three of those were made in the West.
- The total of 470 fatalities is down from the 10-year-average of 770.
- The rate of one fatal accident per 2.5 million flights is nearly twice as safe as last year's previous record.
- The improved numbers come as more people are flying—2.9 billion in 2012, up 5.5% from 2011.
- Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean have work to do: Those regions accounted for 7% of the world's passenger traffic but about half of the year's airline accidents.
The number of fatal accidents is rising by one: A passenger plane went off the runway at Moscow Airport this morning and caught fire, killing four of the eight aboard, reports AP