ICAO released its preliminary safety and security statistics for airlines in 2004, which show an increase in aircraft accidents on scheduled services but a decrease in fatalities from those accidents. Last year there were nine accidents involving passenger fatalities on scheduled services worldwide for aircraft with maximum takeoff weights of more than 2,250 kg. (4,960 lb.). The total number of fatalities was 203, the lowest figure since 1945. In 2003 there were 466 passenger fatalities ...

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