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Recent plane incidents hurt perceptions of flying

With the string of high-profile plane incidents, many people are wondering if it's still safe to fly.

Safety experts are saying air travel is still safer than it's ever been and that the timing of these incidents is simply a tragic coincidence.

Two commercial planes also crashed within days of each other in both 2012 and 2013, but 2014 has been the deadliest year for commercial aviation in almost a decade with 680 people dead, or presumed dead.

The crashes have almost exclusively involved small airlines in small countries. The blog FiveThirtyEight said the gross domestic product of an airline's home country is a solid indicator of how safe it is.

Their data showed that from 1985 to 2004, airlines in more developed nations have fewer crashes and that the airlines with the fewest number of incidents, accident and fatalities include; Southwest, Cathay Pacific and Lufthansa.

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