Is Airplane Safety Getting Worse?

There has been a string of high-profile airplane disasters over the last year or 2, resulting in it being a regular topic in the media. The dominant story is that of the disappearance of MH370. Just 4 months later the same airline suffered another disaster when MH17 was shot down over Ukraine and further fatal accidents in the year since then have caused many to question airplane safety.

Is safety getting worse or has it been an unlucky couple of years? I seek to explore the statistics and answer these questions. Continue reading →