Bear in mind, sometimes plane crashes get varying amounts of press coverage dependong on where you live.
Anyone got any links or information apart from my 5 minutes on Wikipedia?
Seriously. I think there have been, what, four major crashes with fatalities in the last two months alone?
As airline cut costs, downsize and continue to cut corners, especially in this economy, the most predictable outcome is less safety and more accidents. Running an airline is expensive; running a safe airline is outrageously expensive and not too competitive when all your competitors are busy slashing costs and cutting corners everywhere they can.
Number of notable aviation-related crashes and accidents in 2004: 12.
Number of notable aviation-related crashes and accidents in 2005: 22.
Number of notable aviation-related crashes and accidents in 2006: 22.
Number of notable aviation-related crashes and accidents in 2007: 33.
Number of notable aviation-related crashes and accidents in 2008: 33.
Number of notable aviation-related crashes and accidents in 2009: 25.
(And counting, I mean we're just past the half-way point of this year.)
In fact just as I was typing this, there's news of another plane crash, a small commuter plane that crashed and killed the pilot.
Yes, I realize wikipedia isn't the best source of information and hardly a news source, and some of the incidents mentioned in the wiki categories linked above refer to some military conflicts and training exercises and whatnot, so they kind of don't count. Maybe when I get home I can do some deeper digging and sort out just the commercial crashes and incidents with fatalities specifically, which is what I'm really on about.
disorderata might know more than I'm babbling on about. But if I'm on to something, you heard it here first, etc.
ETA: Some quick abuse of office broadband yielded I'm on to something: Two well-written, balanced articles taking into account all the factors involved in these deceptively simple statistics; but ultimately, the numbers do add up to paint a very disturbing picture:
Spiegel.de: A Worrying Trend: Air Safety Plunges in First Half of 2009.
"For the first six months of this year alone, the accident rate is already 50 percent higher than the total annual average in the first six months of the past 10 years."
The Independant: Airline crashes make 2009 a deadly year in the skies.