— This is the script of CNBC's news report for China's CCTV on March 25, Wednesday.
The last 12 months have been some of the deadliest in recent aviation history, with at least 5 incidents that killed more than 100 passengers.
The most recent was the crash of Germanwings Flight 9525 on March 24, which may have killed as many as 150 people.
While 2014 was one of the worst years in recent history for crash deaths, by historical standards the level of fatalities was still low.
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According to data from the Flight Safety Foundation, in terms of total fatalities, even though 2014 ran more than twice the 10-year average, it was still much lower than the year of 1972, during which 55 air crash accidents killing 2, 370 people.
A 2006 study by Harvard University instructor David Robeik found the odds of the average American dying in a plane crash to be one in 11 million. That's the number in the United States,
but in worldwide scale, a passenger on any major airline around the world has a one in 4.7 million chance of being involved in a fatal accident. Even if you're flying on one of those with the worst safety records, your odds are still 1 in 2 million.
By comparison, the odds of being involved in a shark attack are one in 3.1 million and the odds of dying in a car accident are one in 5,000.
"The most dangerous part of your airline flight is the trip to the airport," said aviation and national security expert Carl Rochelle.
However, a good record is still no guarantee of future safety. "As we can see, especially with these most recent Malaysia Airlines accidents, if you look at the safety record of Malaysia [the country] as well as the airline, they were in tip-top shape," he said. "No one would have expected these accidents to happen."
CNBC's Qian Chen, reporting from Sinapore.