2017 airline safety and security review
This review includes important safety or security related occurrences from 2017. There are two types of events in this review, numbered events and significant events. Numbered events must meet the following criteria include both accidents and deliberate actions such as hijackings, military action, and acts of sabotage, and has to meet the following key criteria:
- There is at least one passenger fatality,
- The flight was open to the general public, and
- The aircraft was a large jet or turboprop driven model commonly used by airlines in North America and western Europe.
Significant events are those that don't meet the criteria for a numbered event, but would likely be of interest to airline passengers and the aviation safety and security community.
Definitions used by AirSafe.com
No airline passenger fatalities in first half of 2017
This is the 22nd annual review since AirSafe.com was launched in 1996, and for the first time there have been no events involving an airline passenger fatality in the first six months of the year. Also, there were only three total events, which is the second lowest number ever for a similar period in the previous 21 years.
Summary of events from 1996 to 2017
In fact, 1959 was the last time where during the first half of the year there was not at least one airline passenger fatality that would have qualified as a numbered event by AirSafe.com.
List of 2017 events
The three events in the first half of 2017 involved a cargo jet, a passenger flight that did not involve any fatalities, and a non-airline military flight that involved passenger deaths:
16 January 2017; Turkish Airlines 747-400F; TC-MCL; flight TK6491; Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan:
The cargo aircraft was on an international flight from Hong Kong, to Bishkek, Kyrgystan and crashed shortly after an aborted landing attempt.
The aircraft struck a residential area about 500 meters from the far end of the runway.
At the time, there was freezing fog and limited runway visibility reported at the airport.
All four crew members and 35 people on the ground were killed were killed.
Turkish Airlines crashes
Boeing 747 plane crashes
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28 March 2017; Peruvian Airlines; 737-300; OB-2036-P; flight 112; Jauja, Peru: The aircraft was on a scheduled domestic flight from Lima to Jauja, Peru. After touchdown, the airplane apparently veered off the right side of the runway. The rightwing of the aircraft impacted the perimeter fence, which ruptured a fuel tank. The leaking fuel caught fire, and the fuselage was consumed by fire. All nine crew members and 141 passengers were able to evacuate the aircraft, and there were no fatalities.
More on this event
Boeing 737 plane crashes
7 June 2017; Myanmar Air Force; Shaanxi Y-8F-200W; 5820; near Dawei, Myanmar: The aircraft was on an unscheduled domestic flight from Myeik to Yangon, Myanmar. The aircraft crashed in the Andaman Sea while en route to its destination, with the last contact with the aircraft about 20 miles west of Dawei, Myanmar. All 14 crew members and 108 passengers were killed. This was a military aircraft on a non-airline flight and carried military personnel and their families as passengers. The aircraft is a variant of the Soviet Union-designed Antonov An-12 aircraft which was was produced by the Shaanxi Aircraft Corporation in China.
http://www.airsafe.com/plane-crash/review-2017.htm -- Revised: 1 July 2017