Airplane crashes up – Fatalities down
The number of aircraft accidents for 2011 rose to 37, compared to 26 in 2010.
However, the number of fatalities actually fell to 515 comapred to the average for the decade of 777.
The reason for the high fatal accident figure and the contrastingly low number of casualties is the relatively large number of regional aircraft involved, mostly turboprop aircraft, and the small number of big jet fatal accidents. The number of casualties per fatal accident was just below 14. The worst accident of the year involved an Iran Air Boeing 727-200 domestic flight that crashed in January near Orumiyeh killing 77 of the 105 people on board.