But, though it will come as no consolation to the friends and families of those who perished, 2016 has been one of the safest years in aviation history.
Among 2016’s other high-profile tragedies was EgyptAir Flight 804 from Paris to Cairo, which disappeared in the Mediterranean in May, killing all 66 on board, and Flydubai Flight 981, which crashed after an aborted landing in Russia with the loss of 62 lives.
According to the Aviation Safety Network (ASN), which keeps a database of all air travel incidents, 2016 was the second safest year on record.
There were 19 fatal accidents this year, resulting in 325 deaths – down from 560 in 2015. Given that this year will see around 3.5 billion air passengers flown, that’s just one death per 10,769,230 travellers. Two of these 19 accidents were on flights operated by airlines on the EU “black list”.
Only one year saw fewer …