Donald Trump Takes Credit For 2017 Being Safest Year For Aviation

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Yesterday I wrote about how 2017 was the safest year on record for aviation globally. In 2017 airlines had zero accident deaths on commercial passenger jets. This excludes props, and excludes cargo jets, so when you factor those in, there were a total of 10 fatal airliner accidents, resulting in 79 deaths.

While any tragedy is sad, that’s incredible when you consider how many hundreds of millions of people fly every year. An airplane is just about the safest place you can be. This is also an improvement over previous years, because as recently as 2005 there were 1,015 commercial passenger deaths worldwide (which is still quite good, when you consider how many people fly).

So, what made 2017 such a safe year for aviation around the world (yes, we’re talking everywhere in the world)? Per President Trump’s Tweet:

“Since taking office I have been very strict on Commercial Aviation. Good news – it was just reported that there were Zero deaths in 2017, the best and safest year on record.”

For one, there weren’t zero deaths in commercial aviation. There were zero passenger jet deaths, but that’s not the entire equation.

But if we can forget that for a second, I think we should all give a big round of applause for all that President Trump has done to keep global aviation safe. I certainly felt him looking over me on my Uzbekistan Airways flight from Tashkent to Dushanbe a few months ago.

(Tip of the hat to @zuurb)

  1. What Trump has done for the global aviation industry is big. It’s huge. It’s so unbelievably great that even the Democrats are keeping quiet.

  2. And the award to the most read article of 2018 goes to… This political clickbait article is really unnecessary, Lucky. You are better than this.

  3. Trump is doing a great job. I now that you don’t like him because some time you are making this airline blog political!

  4. Nothing surprises anymore coming from this clown. People who support this president may think Trump is doing a great job. Although I respect Trump’s supporters opinion, while strongly disagreeing, I can’t understand how anyone can defend such a ridiculous tweet. For some, Trump can do no wrong. Sad!

  5. It fecking doesn’t matter. You try talking sense to a ISIS supporter and he will listen to you and then try to cut your throat. There is no point talking sense to them. Just blow them to bits and pieces. Similarly trump supporters. No point talking sense to them. They would be extremist Christian army of USA if this was a third world country. And probably like ISIS cutting people’s throats because you don’t worship Jesus or you are a wrong denomination christian.

    Why keep that ticking time bomb? Blow them up to pieces now.

  6. Great post and great example of what a fool Trump is. Sorry Lukas and Andreas, is there really no limit to what this guy can do for you to support him? Or are typing from St Petersburg?

  7. There will probably be a crash some point in the next 3 years. Will Trump blame himself when this happens?

  8. Lol at the commenters begging for politics to stay out of his blog. There was nothing political about this post. You can love trumps policies while admitting that taking credit for commercial aviation safety globally may be one of the most asinine things he has ever said. Don’t delude yourselves into thinking all his tweets are clever just because you like his policies

  9. Best economy in years, jobs are back, get to keep thousands more due to tax cuts, ISIS defeated… but muh drumpf!!

    Keep politics off the blog. No need to alienate your readers.

  10. cant say enough, great job all around in his first year in office. I will the fist to sign up if he starts up a Trump Airlines.

  11. The number of brainwashed sheeple here is astounding.
    Dont let 3-letter broadcasters feed you twisted stories and lies. Or well financed blogs that are outposts of powerful financiers.

    Find the real news, away from the corporate financed media.

    The reality might frighten you more than you can imagine. Research, research.

  12. So Sarah Sanders’ online personal is PepetheFrog! I like it! It suits her.

    Sorry, Sarah..ah..Pepe, the economic steamroll started under Obama. Trump is just riding his wave. Tax cuts? Yep. I’ll get a doozy, but at the expense of millions of lower middle class Americans. ISIS defeated? Yeah…remember “Mission Accomplished”? Besides, Americans are in far more danger of being slaughtered by some disgruntled loner looking for his 15 minutes of notoriety. But Trump doesn’t care about that…mustn’t alienate the NRA and his base by trying to do something about domestic terrorism!

  13. That’s right PepeTheFrog, only I can save the USA and line the pockets of super-filthy rich folks. Everyone else, go screw.

    Stupid people and suckers are born every day, and they vote Trump!

  14. Tonight when the sun sets you can thank me
    Its uge even the folks in Gina appreciate what I have done

  15. My Vote and support for Mr. Trump is my best since voting for Ross Perot (unfortunate loss).
    Finally a businessman to MAGA.
    BTW: Crooked Hillary would have been a disaster. Research the Clinton Foundation’s 990 tax forms posted on the Clinton website. Crony-ism run amoke in plain black-n-white for all to see, but nobody reports.

  16. Haha, certainly appears some Trump trolls, paid by Super PAC’s and/or Russia are in the comments here, that may or may not like to be “fisted”(as per ktc comment). Can’t wait to see results of next election. Have a strong suspicion many of his supporters will be turned off by this clown by then which wouldn’t be a surprise given his historic low approval rating. It’s only going to get worse folks.

  17. Lots of people don’t get Trump at all. Perhaps I should say lots of people refuse to give him any genuine consideration at all.

    Yes, DJT constantly trolls the Left Wing Dems, and the MSM (but I repeat myself). While heads are exploding over a purposely exaggerated twitter post, he is quietly getting rid of pernicious regulations, appointing Constitutionalist Judges, and fulfilling campaign promises. Like moving the Israeli embassy to Jerusalem, (something that Clinton, Bush, and even Obama promised while campaigning, then failed to follow up on). The extreme Left is screaming “destroying any possible peace plan”, while ignoring that this has been the official US Government policy for decades.

    As even the Left leaning Wikipedia reports:

    “The Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995 is a public law of the United States passed by the 104th Congress on October 23, 1995. The proposed law was adopted by the Senate (93–5), and the House (374–37). The Act became law without a presidential signature on November 8, 1995.

    The Act recognized Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Israel and called for Jerusalem to remain an undivided city. Its purpose was to set aside funds for the relocation of the Embassy of the United States in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, by May 31, 1999. For this purpose it withheld 50% of the funds appropriated to the State Department specifically for “Acquisition and Maintenance of Buildings Abroad” as allocated in fiscal year 1999 until the United States Embassy in Jerusalem had officially opened.”

    As recently as May 2017, Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) issued a statement indicating his support:

    “I am proud to sponsor this resolution, (SR 176) which reaffirms the Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995 that states Jerusalem should remain an undivided city and Israel’s capital…”

    Again, when campaigning, both Clinton and Obama promised to lower the Corporate Income Tax rate to International levels, but never followed thru on their promise. But Trump accomplished that in his first year, despite not getting a single Dem vote. Continuing an agenda that JFK, Reagan, and Clinton all enacted in the past with strong bipartisan support. Every time this was done, the US economy exploded upward, and the deficit tanked.

    The MSM mischaracterizes the individual portion of the tax bill as “a give away to the rich”, (sic). When in fact 90% of all tax payers will get a tax break. And less than 5 % will pay more, almost all of whom are multi-Millionaires/Bilionaires in high tax states. Pointedly, the upper 1% of US taxpayers, who pay more taxes than the lower 90% combined, will get less than a 2% cut. Something Pelosi called “Armageddon” and Sanders called the “one of the greatest robberies in US history”. You just can’t make this over the top hysteria up. Still, if people would rather concentrate on Trump tweeting on air safety, than all these lies about the new tax bill, that’s fine with him.

    (Source: google “The Top 1 Percent Pays More in Taxes than the Bottom 90 Percent”) where you will find this:

    “In 1980, the bottom 90 percent of taxpayers paid 50.72 percent of income taxes. In 2011 (the most recent year the data is available), the bottom 90 percent paid 31.74 percent of taxes. On the flip side, the top 1 percent paid 19.05 percent of taxes in 1980 and now pay 35.06 percent of taxes. ”

    Since the MSM will never honestly report facts like that, Trump would much prefer the MSM, including CNN (aka the Clinton New Network), talk about his twitter posts, which are very consciously constructed troll events, rather than mischaracterizing all of the very significant things he is quietly accomplishing.

    Especially since he knows the Mainly Misleading Media will not tout his major accomplishments: lowest minority unemployment rate in 17 years for instance. Along with the greatest one year increase in the Dow ever. Which the MSM will call just a benefit for the rich, ignoring all of the 401K, and Union and company pension funds, that are invested in stocks.

    Yes, Trump is purposely and consciously trolling the Left Wing Media with his hysterically funny Twitter posts. “Look, a squirrel”,… 🙂

    Then he goes back to work fulfilling an agenda that JFK would have been proud to have as his legacy. The base of the Dem party has moved so Far Left, that policies that JFK, Hubert Humphrey, and AFL-CIO Union head George Meany took for granted are now slurred as Alt-Right (sic). So yeah, let MSNBC spend hours covering his tweets, and where the “white trucks” are parked, blocking their cameras when he is golfing in Fla. While ignoring his very real and major accomplishments. Trump is quietly getting so much done, while the MSM screams about irrelevant matters.

    It’s all part of his masterful plan. 😉

  18. Please don’t start with te political bullshit, OMAT.

    It’s exactly why I came here from The Points Guy, and I can always find a replacement for OMAT, too.

    Please stick to relevant content.

  19. This was a fair comment by Lucky on the very relevant issue of commercial aviation safety that Trump raised. By all means please continue responding to any newsworthy issue, political or not. As long as it is about commercial aviation it is relevant to this blog. Good fact checking, Lucky!

  20. Trump does have the ability to make America great again. He could resign. That would be a start.

  21. @robert hanson. If you are going to quote from wikipedia, at least quote all the relevant info, and not selective ones.
    “Despite passage, the law allowed the President to invoke a six-month waiver of the application of the law, and reissue the waiver every six months on “national security” grounds. The waiver was repeatedly invoked by Presidents Clinton, Bush, and Obama.[5] President Donald Trump signed a waiver in June 2017. On December 6, 2017, Trump recognised Jerusalem as Israel’s capital,[6] and ordered the planning of the relocation of the embassy.[7][8] However, following the announcement, Trump signed an embassy waiver again, delaying the actual move by at least six months.”

  22. Can’t you just let it go and leave politics out of your excellent commentary please? I get you can’t stand the president, but I read your insights for its advice, not your political gotchas

  23. My stock investments are up, and a vote to adjust taxes was finished, only took years,

    The lesser of the two won,

    The election before that we chose Obama over, McCain.

    Politics does not matter, we just hope for the best…

    Hillary was such a looser,

  24. Funny how some are fine with aviation news commentary – unless it involves Trump, in which case it must be censored. Sad!

  25. I think you forgot to report Southwest is giving all their employees a $1,000 dollar bonus due to Trump’s tax cuts in this bitchy article?

    Hillary lost. Get over it.

  26. >>I will the fist [sic] to sign up if he starts up a Trump Airlines.<<

    You're over 30 years late. Trump Airlines shut down in 1992.

    He was using then the same tactics he uses today:

    "Trump’s team estimated that they overpaid $65 million for the operation but could make it back if the airline could overtake Pan Am and win 60 percent of the market share. Trump shot first, indicating at the inaugural flight that Pan Am was losing money and could not afford to safely maintain its fleet."

    “'We said, ‘Donald, don’t ever do that again,’” recalled Henry Harteveldt, the company’s marketing director, the Globe reported. 'It was wrong. We had no proof to back that up. And there’s an unwritten rule in the airline business that you don’t attack someone else’s safety record.'”

  27. Hillary lost but so did your country… big time.

    You’re a huge embarrassment to the world, having elected a know nothing racist bigot who destabilizes the planet one tweet at a time.

    You Trump supporters are a bunch of low IQ, no integrity individuals with no soul. A disgrace to humanity, and that’s being kind.

    Keep me coming Lucky, it shows you have principles.

  28. Can you not be all sarcastic attacking the President and butthurt Hillary lost?

    Stick to aviation, not politics. President Trump is doing a terrific job.

  29. Have you guys noticed that he holds a laser pen (Twitter) and all you guys are cats? That is all he is doing. Meanwhile he works to make this country great again while all his opponent are running after the red dot on the floor. All you guys can talk about his stupid Twitter posts. Guess why he is doing it? Redirection.

  30. Funny how Trump supporters always claim Trump is somehow playing 7-D chess. Quite frankly it is funny that is all they can say when he does dumb clownish things. And how far will the rationalizing of his behavior go? That is what really worries me. Still, deep down I suspect many of his supports know he is just a narcissistic sociopathic clown, with a complex over his terribly small fingers. No chess going on in that neck of the woods, just a little fat rich kid in the sandbox throwing tantrums.

  31. Godspeed, Mr. Trump, as you struggle to pull up a pair of velcro dress pants over your massive sagging ass!

  32. It just an example showing he has a massive ego, and poor analysis and logic.

    Reads some good news: “oh, that must be because of something I did.” Reacts and tweets.

    Reads some bad news: “oh, that’s because the opposition did something wrong.” Reacts and tweets.

    When someone just reacts based on their ego, obviously they’re making poor decisions, and not thinking about the impact on others. And that’s exactly what you see with the poor decisions that have come out of there under this presidency.

  33. Trump is doing a great job actually.
    Luckily – you’re being anal about it. Don’t turn your blog to a political one.
    We’ve already got the mainstream media doing this disgusting job, bashing Trump on a daily basis, so much that people are sick of hearing about it and are voting with their legs….

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