US and Russia have most aviation accidents

US and Russia have most aviation accidents
An Indonesian Lion Air passenger jet is seen on a runway at Gorontalo airport on northern Sulawesi island on August 7, 2013, after it crashed into a cow and skidded off the runway as it came into land.

PETALING JAYA - The United States and Russia are the top two countries with the most number of accidents and fatalities involving passenger aircraft.

Other countries on the Aviation Safety Network list among the top 25 countries are Canada, Britain, France, Indonesia, China, the Philippines, Germany and Australia.

According to the statistics, a total of 2,900 accidents involving civil airliners have been recorded from 1945 to this date among the top 25 countries on the list.

The accidents resulted in 51,154 deaths.

From January to April 19 this year, the Network recorded 41 incidents involving military and commercial aircraft, with 138 fatalities, exclu­ding the 239 passengers and crew of MH370 that went missing on March 8.

Universiti Kuala Lumpur Malaysia International Aviation Technology principal specialist Ahmad Maulan Bardai said the incidents involving aircraft this year was relatively high.

He said the recent bird strike incident involving Malaysia Airlines was not peculiar.

"Such things are beyond our control, although the KLIA operator had taken measures to repel birds from the runway," he said.

On Jan 22, a Cessna 500 Citation I corporate jet sustained substantial damage after colliding with a flock of bird after taking off from the runway in Denmark.

Last year, Indonesia's Lion Air jet crashed into a cow and skidded off the runway.

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