...Commercial Stats Down, Too...

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The broader picture seems to be following the same pattern, although one airliner accident is enough to skew the stats in the commercial category. Fortunately, there have been no crashes of large passenger airliners in the U.S. since 2001. In 2004, there was a single Part 121 accident involving an American Connection Jetstream 32 turboprop that crashed while on an instrument approach to Kirksville, Mo. There were 13 fatalities. There were a total of 101 non-GA crashes in 2003 compared to 123 the year before. Air taxis were safer, too. Air taxi operations accounted for 68 of the 101 commercial crashes in 2004 compared to 75 of the 123 in 2003. The total number of people who died in all fatal crashes combined was 635 in 2004, down from 695 the year before.