U.S. plane crash fatalities increased in 2018, NTSB says
The number of people killed in plane crashes in the U.S. increased by about 13% in 2018, according to data released by the National Transportation Safety Board.
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Civil aviation fatalities rose from 347 in 2017 to 393 in 2018, NTSB officials said. The increase means that, on average, there was at least one aviation death per day in 2018.
The death toll included Jennifer Riordan, the first commercial airline passenger killed in the U.S. in nine years.
The overwhelming majority of aviation fatalities involve small, private airplanes, and not large commercial airliners. But on April 17, 2018, Riordan died on Southwest flight 1380 after shrapnel from the engine broke the window next to her seat and she was partially sucked out of the aircraft.
Other passengers pulled her back into the cabin and tried unsuccessfully to perform CPR.