Transasia in Taipei ATR 72 in February which crashed into a river - it was pilot error.
Germanwings in France (March) which was a suicide event - tragic and incredibly sad.
Trigana Air in Oksibil, in Russia, ATR 42 , in August
Metro Jet from Sharm el Sheik in October which was a terrorist attack.
In total less than 500 persons lost their lives on any larger airline commercial flight. Set against the background of other forms of travel or even simply any other environment, it is clear that being on a plane is about the safest place you can dwell on the planet. We know that the level of safety increases as the years go by due to the incredible diligence of the airlines and regulators in working to accept nothing less than 100% as their goal. When I started flying in the sixties, there were not many planes around compared to today and yet air accidents were commonplace and I lost friends in air accidents. In the last twenty years or so, air travel has increased dramatically yet the rate of accidents continues to fall. If you are a mathematical type of person you will be massively reassured by these statistics - I have said it in jest and will say it again now "you should be nervous coming in to land because..........
you will soon have to get into your car and then your risks really begin!"
If you are the type of person for whom statistics do not work, and there are many of you, download our ebook or audio book and you will find them very reassuring indeed.