Should Travelers Avoid Flying Airlines That Have Had Crashes in the Past?

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Source Article: By Nate Silver, Filed under Airline Safety  www.fivethirtyeight.com

Safety scores of International Airlines in order of worst airlines from year 1985 to 2014

Airlines Safety scores
Aeroflot -2.26
Ethiopian Airlines -1.69
Pakistan International -1.49
China Airlines -1.38
Garuda Indonesia -0.81
Egypt Air -0.75
Kenya Airways -0.74
Avianca -0.71
Philippine Airlines -0.63
Royal Air Marco -0.48
Malaysia Airlines -0.42
Air India -0.35
Vietnam Airlines -0.26
Gulf Air -0.23
Xiamen Airlines -0.17
TAM -0.15
TACA -0.13
US Air Ways / America West -0.13
Korean Air -0.12
Saudi Arabian -0.04
Alitalia -0.01
SAS -0.01
Thai Airways +0.01
SriLankan Airlines +0.01
Swiss +0.05
Aeromexican +0.08
South African +0.11
Japan Airlines +0.14
Turkish Airlines +0.14
Air France +0.16
Aerolineas Argentinas +0.19
EI AI +0.19
Alaska Airlines +0.20
Condor +0.22
COPA +0.22
Air New Zealand +0.23
Iberia +0.24
Delta/ Northwest +0.31
Aer Lingus +0.33
American +0.33
Austrian Airlines +0.35
LAN Airlines +0.37
Hawaiian Airlines +0.44
Finnair +0.45
Tap – Air Portugal +0.51
All Nippon Airways +0.57
Singapore Airlines +0.59
Virgin Atlantic= +0.60
KLM +0.61
United Continental +0.67
Qantas +0.71
Air Canada +0.73
Cathay Pacific +0.88
Lufthansa +0.88
Bristish Airways +0.88
South west Airlines +0.9

 

Incidents, Fatal Incidents & Fatalities of International Airlines from 1985- 2014 in order of maximum incidents

Airlines Incidents Fatal Incidents Fatalities
Aeroflot 89 16 234
Ethiopian Airlines 80 18 688
Pakistan International 67 19 1036
Royal Air Maroc 35 13 221
Xiamen Airlines 33 4 244
Garuda Indonesia 30 10 591
Philippine Airlines 28 15 233
EgyptAir 28 9 681
Saudi Arabian 27 3 467
Aerolineas Argentinas 23 0 0
China Air Lines 22 11 1210
Alitalia 21 4 92
SAS 21 2 214
TACA 20 10 30
Kenya Airways 19 10 1,353
Aeromexico 17 2 137
Gulf Air 17 4 629
Avianca 16 10 1,043
Vietnam Airlines 16 6 351
US Airways / America West 14 5 129
Alaska Airlines 14 1 121
Air New Zealand 14 2 13
TAM 13 5 248
Turkish Airlines 10 3 99
Delta / Northwest 10 2 90
Iberia 10 1 162
Korean Air 9 4 314
Air france 9 2 183
American 9 1 131
Air India 9 3 726
Aer Lingus 8 0 0
Thai Airways 8 3 233
Malaysia AirLines 8 4 727
Swiss 8 2 370
COPA 7 2 109
All Nippon Airways 7 0 0
Condor 6 3 49
United / Continental 6 1 77
KLM 5 0 2
British Airways 5 0 0
LAN Airlines 4 3 27
Ei Al 4 4 15
Austrian Airlines 4 0 0
Finnair 3 0 0
Lufthansa 3 0 0
Hawaiian Airlines 3 0 0
Qantas 3 0 0
Southwest Airlines 3 0 0
Japan Airlines 2 1 423
SirLankan Airlines 2 2 49
Air Canada 2 0 0
Virgin Atlantic 1 0 0
Cathay Pacific 1 0 0
Tap – Air Portugal 0 0 0