Monday, January 12, 2009
Bush Administration Delivers Safest Air Travel Record in 50 Years
No passengers died in accidents in either 2007 or 2008, a span in which commercial airliners carried 1.5 billion passengers on scheduled flights, USA Today reported Monday the analysis showed.The coming Obama administration faces a difficult challenge to match this impressive accomplishment.
Only one major accident occurred during that period, December's crash of a Continental Airlines (NYSE:CAL) jet in Denver.
The newspaper's analysis indicates a crash fatality-free year is rare. Only four years since 1958 have gone by without a passenger fatality, making the 2007-2008 statistic even more impressive, aviation experts said.
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