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Traveling by Plane Was Mind-Bogglingly Safe in 2017

Zero commercial jets crashed

(Newser) - Two separate reports reveal a big find for 2017: zero crashes of commercial passenger jets anywhere in the world, report the BBC and Reuters . The reports come courtesy of the To70 Dutch consultancy group and the Aviation Safety Network , with the latter proclaiming 2017 "the safest year ever, both... More »

Top 10 Deadliest States for Pedestrians

Walkers, beware

(Newser) - If you would rather not get plowed into by a car during your evening stroll, Minnesota might be a better place to settle down than New Mexico. That's according to recent stats compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which examined traffic accident data to see which states... More »

'Dark Day' for Pedestrians: Fastest Jump in Death Rate Ever

Fatalities expected to spike 10% from 2014 to 2015: GHSA report

(Newser) - Traffic fatalities increased 8.1% in 2015 from the previous year, per a National Safety Council study cited by Autoblog , but one group has been especially affected: pedestrians, who are projected to show a 10% increase in fatalities compared to 2014, per a report from the Governors Highway Safety Association.... More »

For Fliers, 2015 Was an Unbelievably Safe Year

No fatal jetliner accidents happened globally

(Newser) - It once seemed impossible, but the airline industry has finally pulled off a long-sought-after global goal: It got through an entire year without a single jetliner fatality due to pilot snafus, plane malfunctions, and/or weather conditions, per the Wall Street Journal . Stats issued by the International Air Transport Association called... More »

Mid-Air Collision Kills 4 in Fiery Wreck

Planes crash near airport in southern San Diego County

(Newser) - Three people are dead today following the midair collision and crash of two small planes near an airport in southern San Diego County, authorities say. The collision occurred around 11am about two miles northeast of Brown Field Municipal Airport, according to Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor. Three fatalities were... More »

Christmas Fire Kills 3 Siblings in Louisiana

10 family members, including 6 kids, escaped with minor injuries

(Newser) - It was a Christmas morning that nightmares are made of: A fire ripped through a mobile home in Louisiana in the early hours yesterday, killing three siblings and landing their parents in a hospital burn unit, WDSU reports. The fire started in the kitchen and living area where four children,... More »

Gun Deaths Will Exceed Traffic Deaths in US by 2015

And in 10 states, they already do

(Newser) - A disturbing new study by Bloomberg finds that by 2015, the number of people killed by guns in the US will likely surpass the number of people killed in traffic accidents. It would be a first. Vehicle deaths are on the decline (down 22% between 2005 and 2010), but gun... More »

5-Hour Energy Mentioned in 13 Deaths

FDA filings follow similar reports on Monster Energy

(Newser) - Over the past four years, 13 death reports filed with the FDA have mentioned 5-Hour Energy as a possible factor, reports the New York Times in a review of FDA records. The caffeine shot has appeared in 90 FDA filings during the period, more than 30 of which were tied... More »

Marseilles Cops Probe Madonna Stage Collapse

Company behind it made LA stage that caved in last year

(Newser) - Police in Marseilles have launched a manslaughter investigation into the Madonna stage collapse that killed two and injured ten others, the Times of London reports. Police plan to question dozens of witnesses, analyze videotape, and read over commercial contracts. The company that built the stage—and constructed a Madonna stage... More »

After Rash of Deaths, UK Rethinks Afghanistan

(Newser) - Eight British soldiers were killed in Afghanistan last week within just 24 hours, the worst day of casualties the UK had seen in 30 years. After 15 fatalities in July alone, Gordon Brown is facing severe criticism for underfinancing the war effort, particularly for not providing enough helicopters to troops,... More »

Maryland Family Dead in Apparent Murder-Suicide

(Newser) - Police discovered five bodies in a Maryland house today after a man apparently butchered his family and killed himself, the Frederick News Post reports. Few details are known, but police in Middletown, Md., say Christopher Alan Wood, 34, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, the AP reports. His wife, two... More »

Fla. Boat Crash Leaves 5 Dead, 7 Injured

Friends killed on powerboat that rams into docked tugboat

(Newser) - A 22-foot pleasure boat smashed into a docked tug boat near Jacksonville, Fla., last night, killing at least five people and seriously injuring seven, the Florida Times-Union reports. The victims, many of them friends from California, were all on board the 2000 Crownline powerboat that appeared "beached on the... More »

17 Die as Plane Crashes Into Montana Cemetery

Children among dead when turboprop falls short of Butte airport

(Newser) - Seventeen people died in Butte, Mont., today when a single-engine plane crashed in a cemetery and burst into flames, the Montana Standard reports. Several children were among the victims, who boarded this morning in Orville, Calif., en route to Bozeman. The pilot changed route mid-flight and landed about 500 feet... More »

US Airline Safety Record Best Ever

No fatal crashes for two years

(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,... More »

7 US Soldiers Killed in Iraq Copter Crash

Military has ruled out hostile fire in the Chinook accident

(Newser) - Seven US soldiers were killed in southern Iraq today when their helicopter crashed, the AP reports. "At this time we are uncertain of the cause, but hostile fire has been ruled out," a military spokesman said. The crash occurred shortly after midnight in a desert under British military... More »

Up to 15 Dead in LA Train Smashup

Commuter and freight trains collide during rush hour, sparking blaze

(Newser) - Ten to 15 people are dead and 70 injured after two trains collided in Los Angeles during rush hour today, the Los Angeles Times reports. At least 10 are critically hurt and dozens are likely trapped after a freight train slammed a Metrolink commuter train and derailed several cars. Firefighters... More »

Speed Limits Aren't Saving Lives, So Make Cars Slower

Government's priorities elsewhere, but cars that can't top 75 would save gas, too

(Newser) - Speeding contributes to 13,000 US road deaths each year, and, at 30% of traffic fatalities, places only slightly behind alcohol, at 39%, Kent A. Sepkowitz writes in the New York Times. While preventing drunk driving is a complex problem requiring cooperation of motorists, police, and educators, speeding can be... More »

High Gas Prices Mean Fewer Traffic Deaths

People are changing where, when, and how they drive

(Newser) - The number of traffic deaths may drop this year to their lowest since Kennedy was president—thanks in large part to higher gas prices, the AP reports. As they rose above $3.20 a gallon, fatalities plummeted 22.1% in March and 17.9% in April, a study found. The... More »

Iraq's First Lady Survives Attack on Motorcade

Road bomb injures 4 guards, capping an especially bloody week

(Newser) - The wife of Iraqi President Jalal Talabani escaped injury after a roadside bomb hit her motorcade in Baghdad this morning. Hiro Ahmed Ibrahim was on her way to a cultural festival when the blast hit, injuring four of the first lady's bodyguards. It is unclear whether the attack was random... More »

Shark Kills Man; SoCal Beaches Closed

First area fatality since 1994 sparks fears of great white rampage

(Newser) - Beaches north of San Diego were closed today after a man was fatally injured by a shark, the Union-Tribune reports. While witnesses could identify “the culprit” only as a “big gray shark,” an expert contacted by the Los Angeles Times said, “This almost certainly was a... More »

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