Six fatal cargo plane accidents in 2019
Over the year 2019, the Aviation Safety Network recorded a total of 20 fatal airliner accidents, involving civil aircraft of which the basic model has been certified for carrying 14 or more passengers, resulting in 283 (occupant) fatalities. The accident rate is one fatal accident per almost two million flights, making 2019 the seventh safest year ever by the number of fatal accidents and the third safest in terms of fatalities.
Thirteen accidents involved passenger flights, six were cargo flights, like Atlas Air flight 3591 on behalf of Amazon. 11 accidents occurred in North America (one in 2018 and three in 2017), five of them in remote or rugged parts of Canada and Alaska. Despite progress made through various safety initiatives by Canadian and US regulators, this still is an area of concern. (ah)