The number of passenger fatalities on revenue flights declined by 20% in 2007 to 631 from 790 in 2006 although the number of fatal accidents rose from 13 in 2006 to 15 last year, according to the "Annual Aviation Safety Report" from Ascend. However, Ascend noted that despite the numeric increase, the industry maintained "the long-term improvement" trend in safety. It stated that "the average number of fatal accidents since 2000 is 16.0, and in the 1990s the average was 24.2." The worst ...

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