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According to industry research 2017 was the safest year in history for commercial airlines.

There were no passenger jets crashes anywhere in the world, separate reports by Dutch consultancy To70 and The Aviation Safety Network found.

This was despite more flights being made than ever before.

To70 warned that despite high safety levels on passenger planes, the “extraordinarily” low accident rate must be seen as “good fortune”.

A report by the Airline Safety Network said there were a total of ten fatal accidents, resulting in 79 deaths last year.

That compared with 16 accidents and 303 lives lost in 2016.

The organisation based its figures on incidents involving civil aircraft certified to carry at least 14 people.

The most serious accident of 2017 came in January when a Turkish cargo plane crashed into a village in Kyrgyzstan killing all four crew and 35 people on the ground.

The incident with the most on-board fatalities happened on New Year’s Eve, when a Nature Air single-propeller Caravan plane crashed in western Costa Rica, killing 12 passengers and crew.

Incidents involving smaller planes also did not figure in the data.