EASA reported that 2009 had the fewest fatal aviation accidents on record for its 31 member states, comprising the 27 EU nations plus Iceland, Switzerland, Norway and Liechtenstein. The May loss of an Air France A330 in the South Atlantic was the only fatal accident involving a commercial aircraft. The high death toll associated with that crash (228), however, means that the number of fatalities was "significantly above the decade average." Furthermore, EASA said the "high number of ...

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