Trump takes credit for global airline safety milestone

Trump takes credit for global airline safety milestone

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An Emirates Airlines plane at Newark Liberty International Airport following its inaugural flight from Dubai via Athens. March 12, 2017. Photo: Emirates Airlines
An Emirates Airlines plane at Newark Liberty International Airport following its inaugural flight from Dubai via Athens. March 12, 2017. Photo: Emirates Airlines

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump touted the lack of any commercial airliner fatalities worldwide in 2017 Tuesday, noting that he has been “very strict” on commercial aviation.

It was unclear to what airline regulations the president was referring. In June, Trump proposed privatizing air traffic control, but the plan was never fulfilled by Congress.

On Monday, the Aviation Safety Network, a Dutch organization, declared that 2017 was the safest year in aviation history for commercial passengers, noting that no commercial airplane crashes have resulted in fatalities anywhere in the world since November 2016.

The data does not include cargo planes or non-jet airliners.

There have not been any commercial airline fatalities in the U.S. since 2013,  when an Asiana flight crashed in San Francisco, killing three on board.

The last fatal commercial crash from a U.S. airline occurred in 2009.

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