US Airline Safety Record Best Ever

No fatal crashes for two years
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 12, 2009 6:07 AM CST
The burned out wreckage of a Continental Airlines plane which crashed in Denver earlier this month. Despite this crash, it has been an unprecedented two years without a fatality on US carriers.   (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
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(Newser) – Airline safety has improved so much that the chances of dying in an air crash are now less than being elected president, according to a safety expert. For the first time since jet travel began, not a single person died in a crash of a US carrier for two years, when 1.5 billion passengers flew, reports USA Today.

"It's a new record," said an airline safety expert at MIT. "While it doesn't mean risk is non-existent, it certainly means they have done a fantastic job at keeping threats at bay."