The Aviation Safety Network (ASN), the Dutch-based exclusive service of the Flight Safety Foundation (FSF) has released its 2018 airliner accident statistics.
The report shows a total of 15 fatal airline accidents, resulting in 556 fatalities.
These fatalities resulted from flights operated by non-International Air Transport Association (IATA) airlines.
The statistics are based on all worldwide fatal commercial aircraft accidents (passenger and cargo flights) involving civil aircraft carrying 14 or more passengers.
Despite several high-profile accidents, the year 2018 was one of the safest years ever for commercial aviation, the organisation said. However, last year was worse than the five-year average.
In 2018, ASN recorded 15 fatal airliner accidents resulting in 556 fatalities. This makes 2018 the third safest year ever by the number of fatal accidents and the ninth safest in terms of fatalities.
The safest year in aviation history was 2017 with 10 accidents and 44 lives lost.