Only eight fatal accidents in 2019
In contrast, there were 160 accidents, 13 of which were fatal, resulting in 534 fatalities, in 2018. The figures compare to an historic low in 2017, with only two fatal accidents.
Despite two high-profile accidents this past year, an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 Max and an Aeroflot Sukhoi Superjet, and an accident to a Fokker 100 just before the year’s end, fatal accidents to large passenger aircraft remain rare events.
The last accident in Madeira was a flight from Brussels on November 19, 1977; With an intermediate scheduled stop in Lisbon, the Boeing 727 operating the service overran the airport’s runway before crashing onto Santa Cruz beach and exploding, killing 131 of the 164 people on board. At the time it was TAP’s only fatal accident in its history.