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147 deaths recorded as a result of aviation accidents in the EU in 2022!

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In 2022, 147 people died in aviation accidents on EU territory involving aircraft registered in EU countries, 26 more than in 2021. The report includes all aviation accidents involving commercial and general aviation aircraft.

This information comes from air transport safety data published by Eurostat. The article presents a handful of findings from the more detailed Statistics Explained article.

As in previous years, most of the accident fatalities accounted for in 2022 (83% or 112 fatalities) involved aircraft with a maximum take-off mass (MTOM) of less than 2 kg in the "general aviation" category. 

This subcategory includes small airplanes, airships, paragliders and motor gliders, small helicopters, and hot air balloons. Only one person died in general aviation accidents involving EU-registered aircraft with a MTOM of more than 2 250 kg. 

In 2022, commercial air transport had the second highest number of deaths: 17 (12% of the total), followed by aerial work with 7 deaths (5%).

In the period 2012-2022, there were no major accidents in commercial air transport in the EU involving EU-registered aircraft. The exception was 2015, when 150 deaths were recorded in the crash of a German aircraft in the French Alps.

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