44 Killed in Lao Plane Crash
44 passengers are reported dead after a Lao Airlines jet crashed only five miles from its destination.
About the Lao Airlines Crash
- According to Reuters, a Lao Airlines ATR-72 turbo prop plane traveling south from Vientiane to Pakse crashed roughly five miles from its destination.
- While most on board are reported to be Lao nationals, the plane was also carrying Australian, Burmese, Canadian, Chinese, French, South Korean, Thai and Taiwanese passengers.
- While the cause of the crash is under investigation, officials speculate that tail winds from Typhoon Nari may have contributed to the accident.
- Lao Airlines has a fleet of 14 planes and transported 658,000 passengers last year.
Aviation Accident Survival Rates Have not Improved in Decades
- In August, USA Today reported that airline accidents, though rare, have not seen an improved survivability rate since the 1970s.
- While reports state that more passengers are surviving crashes that occur during landing, the article points out that only about 9 percent of fatal aviation accidents occur during landing.
- More alarming, accidents that occurred during flight, take off and approach had a 22 percent survivability rate in the 1970s, a number that declined to 15 percent in the decade covering 2000 to 2009.
- Between January 2000 and July 2013, only 4 percent of U.S. airline passenger survived fatal airline crashes during any stage of flight.
- Between 1970 and 2013, there were 1,268 fatal airline accidents resulting in the deaths of 42,444 passengers and 4,510 crew members.
- The statistics used were taken from accidents with aircraft that had 12 seats or more, and do not include smaller, personal aircraft accidents like that which killed two in August after crashing 35 miles southwest of Austin, Texas.
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