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Airline crashes claim 700 lives in 2009

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (KWWL)--  The International Air Transportation is reporting a drop in airline crashes last year, but an increase in the number of total deaths.

In 2009, 700 deaths were reported from crashes, that number was about 500 in 2008.

There were 18 fatal airline accidents in 2008, five fewer than in 2008. Last year's major accident rate was the second lowest ever.

The Air France crash over the Atlantic, the Yemeni Airways crash in the Indian Ocean and a plane crash out of Tehran account for most of the deaths.

An official at the Flight Safety Foundation says the current accident rate is only about half what it was in the 90s, thanks in part to technological advances.

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