(last fatal accident)
(May 5th, 2019)
|2||Air France||Tremblay-en-France, France||131
(Jun 1, 2009)
|New York City, USA||68
(Dec 21, 1988)
|4||American Airlines||Fort Worth, USA||60
(Oct 28, 2016)
|5||United Airlines||Chicago , USA||61
(Sep 11, 2001)
That's a good question. Historically the Russian Airline Areoflot, which means "air fleet" in English, has had the worst safety record of any other airline in existence. However that is not necessarily the fact today. It is during the era of the Soviet Union that Areoflot had one of the worst records in aviation safety and when the vast majority of crashes occurred. Most of the airline crash deaths for Areoflot on our list happened before the 1990s. Russia is big. It's the biggest country in the world in fact, and that makes it an extremely complicated country to fly around. Areoflot also happens to be one of the oldest commercial airlines in existence and typically had one of the largest fleets of (aging) aircraft in the world as well, especially during the USSR days. Statistically it is no surprise that the airline would have a high air crash fatality number considering all these factors. Think of all the far-flung, small, isolated, cold, difficult to maintain airports and airfields the Russians have had to manage since 1923 when the airline was first formed.
Today however, Areoflot has a modern fleet of Airbus and Boeing aircraft, along with some Sukhoi Super-jets operating with the airline, now making it one of the world's safest airlines to fly with. The bad reputation it had justifiably earned in the past, was earned years before most people who are reading this article were born. Most of their fatal air crashes occurred between 1946 to 1989 when the Russians were using their aging and poorly maintained fleet of Soviet aircraft and the stigma of that deadly commercial aviation era remains to this day.