2014 was a catastrophic year for aviation with a total of 1326 fatalities, according to the Bureau of Aircraft Accidents Archives (website: B3A). Below is a list of the worst crashes:
1. Malaysia B772 flight MH17 AMS-KUL crashed near Donetsk, Ukraine 298 fatalities
2. Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 is missing 239 fatalities
3. AirAsia Indonesia flight QZ8501 missing 162 fatalities
4. Swiftair MD83 flying for Air Algérie crashed in Mali 116 fatalities
5. Crash of a Lockheed C130 Hercules in Ain Kercha 76 fatalities
Note from the editor: the website B3A is very interesting if you are looking for more statistics.
The Bureau of Aircraft Accidents Archives (B3A) was established in Geneva in 1990 for the purpose to deal with all information related to aviation accidentology.
The primary goal of our organization is to collect, manage and archive all information relating to aviation accidents worldwide since 1918 till today. Therefore, our records are currently composed of thousands of documents, reports, photos, etc. representing to date more than 22’100 events.
The second goal of our organization is to promote aviation safety through our know-how action plans, training and information. On request, we participate in investigations, we publish procedures and send recommendations if necessary.
The third goal of our organization is to inform the public and professionals of the risks inherent in the operation of an aircraft and training on psychological preparedness for mass disaster.
With an experience of nearly 25 years, our organization now offers its services and expertise in managing situations of mass disasters not only in aviation but in all other modes of transportation: boats, trains, automobiles, etc. We should remind we must constantly challenge ourselves and understand that an accident is generally multi-factorial with human factor as first cause.
Let’s implement together a methodology to reduce the risk of accidents in the private and the business sector. Our motto is to be better today than yesterday and not so good as tomorrow!
Ronan Hubert, founder of B3A is historian in aircraft accidents. His relationship with several investigation Boards worldwide, experience on site as well as twenty years of presence in aviation business gave him the opportunity to publish three books. His skills, expertise and impartiality are his strengths and he is today considered as one of the best experts in aviation accidentology in the world.