Where are commercial plane crashes most common?
A look at the crashes of the last five years shows something surprising: No country or region is particularly dangerous for air travel. The tragedy has struck Russia from Colombia for reasons as diverse as pilot error, system failure or terrorism.
Here are miniature sketches of the 18 crashes presented since 2014, which are based on information from the Aviation Safety Network, the BBC and the Washington Post reports.
• March 2014. A Malaysia Airlines-operated Boeing 777 launched into Malaysia to China, but disappeared with 239 on board in the Indian Ocean. The cause of the crash is unknown.
• July 2014. A Boeing 777 from Malaysia Airlines left the Netherlands, but did not make it to Malaysia. It was shot down over eastern Ukraine and killed all 298 on board.
• July 2014. An ATR 72 from TransAsia Airways, which was supposed to fly from Taiwan to Penghu Island, crashed into a building as it approached the airport, killing 48 people. The cause: Non-compliance with standard operating procedures.
• July 2014. A faulty anti-icing system was blamed for the Mali crash of a McDonnell Douglas MD-83 flown by Air Algerie. All 116 on board, who had flown from Burkina Faso to Algeria, were killed.
• December 2014. An Airbus A320 from Indonesia AirAsia, which flew from Indonesia to Singapore, sailed across the Java Sea. The miscommunication of the crew was an important factor in the crash, which killed 162 people.
• March 2015. An Airbus A320 from Germanwings flew from Spain to Germany in the French Alps and killed all 150 people on board. It was believed that the pilot was suicidal and deliberately shot down the plane.
• August 2015. An ATR 42-300 operated by Trigana Air Service, traveling in Indonesia, crashed and killed 54. Investigators found that the crew members did not follow the standard approach procedure while traveling over mountainous Terrain.
• October 2015. 224 people were killed when an Airbus A321, used by Kogalymavia and flying from Egypt to St. Petersburg, was blown across the Sinai Peninsula.
• March 2016. The adverse weather was blamed for the crash landing of a FlyDubai Boeing 737 that traveled from the United Arab Emirates to Russia. 62 people were killed.
• May 2016. EgyptAir's Airbus A320, which sailed from France to Egypt, crashed into the Mediterranean after the pilot lost control of the aircraft; 66 people were killed.
• November 2016. A LaMia-powered Avro RJ85, carrying a Brazilian football team from Bolivia to Colombia, crashed; 71 of the 77 people died on board. Flying with extremely limited fuel has contributed to the crash.
• December 2016. An engine failure was responsible for the crash of an ATR 42-500 operated by Pakistan International Airlines. The aircraft carried 48 people.
• February 2018. An Antonov An-148 operated by Saratov Airlines crashed shortly after take-off from Moscow and claimed 71 lives. The accident was caused by the loss of control of the aircraft.
• February 2018. An ATR 72 flown by Aseman Airlines fell in Iran and killed 66 people. Crew mistakes and bad weather contributed to this.
• March 2018. A US-Bangla-operated Bombardier Dash crashed in Nepal before ending his journey from Bangladesh. The lack of "emotional stability" of the pilot is blamed for the accident.
• May 2018. A Boeing 737 leased by Cubana, Cuba's national airline, crashed and killed 112. The company that owned the plane blamed the pilot's mistake.
• October 2018. A Lion Air Boeing 737 Max crashed in Indonesia with 189 people aboard. A preliminary investigation accused a faulty sensor.
• March 2019. A Boeing 737 Max by Ethiopian Airlines, which flew from Ethiopia to Nigeria, sank shortly after take-off. All 157 people died on board. An investigation was initiated.