July 8th, 2013
03:11 PM ET

U.S. home to most fatal plane crashes

Crashes by country new

By Logan Whiteside

Historically, the United States is home to more fatal plane crashes than any other country.

Though the number of accidental fatalities has been declining.

Still, including the crash of Asiana Airlines Flight 214, there have been 760 fatal civilian crashes in the U.S. since 1945 according to the Aviation Safety Network.

Those accidents have caused 10,500 deaths.

To put that figure in historical perspective, Russia, a notoriously dangerous place to fly in recent years, follows the United States in deadly crashes with 304 fatal accidents and about 7,000 deaths.

Canada, Brazil, and Colombia are also among the countries with the most deadly accidents, each with about 160 crashes.

It should be pointed out that airlines in the U.S. carry far more passengers than in any other country, so the numbers of fatal crashes does not reflect the per passenger risk.


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