The world's airlines enjoyed their second-safest year on record in 2006, according to Ascend, a division of Airclaims. "It was a return to safety for the aviation industry," the consultancy said. The industry suffered 13 fatal accidents in 2006, a figure "well below the long-term trend." The safest year on record was 2004 with 11 fatal accidents. But the number of passenger deaths was a "relatively high" 790, Ascend said, led by the Pulkovo Airlines Tu-154M crash in Ukraine that killed 170 ...

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