Least safe airlines in the world


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Slide 1 of 31: Usually people think the fear of flying is irrational, but on some of these carriers there might be cause for concern. 
AirlineRating.com aggregated the safety rating from two international bodies, the American FAA and European Union safety ratings, to find how airlines stack up. 
Here are the 30 least safe airlines in the world and how they got that way. 
Slide 2 of 31: This low cost airline is owned by Quantas, Japan Airlines, and Mitsubishi, and was launched in 2012.
Slide 3 of 31: Zimbabwe's national carrier has a troubled history of messy finances, wild accusations of absent safety standards, and cancelled flights under threat of foreclosure on their planes.
Slide 4 of 31: Often stylized as Xpress Air, this Indonesian airline has regular close calls, but no major accidents of late. 
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Slide 5 of 31: The Polynesian island's airline flies to the neighboring Micronesian islands and Australia. It mostly has a low rating because it's not accredited by the International Air Transport Association.
Slide 6 of 31: This Argentine, non-profit airline run by the Air Force operates in low traffic areas and isn't accredited by the International Air Transport Association. 
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Slide 7 of 31: Southwest Airlines is the biggest American airline for domestic flights. However, they had a fatal accident in 2018, numerous non-fatal accidents since 2011, and a host of controversies.
Slide 8 of 31: This low cost airline from northern India was founded in 2004, has a 13% market share, and made an emergency landing on December 5, 2018 after its smoke alarm went off without provocation. SpiceJet is not internationally accredited.
Slide 9 of 31: Fastjet operates in Tanzania, Zimbabwe, and Mozambique, but has South African and British ownership. At the time of writing, the company is on the brink of collapse due to financial trouble, and doesn't have international accreditation.
Slide 10 of 31: Though the brand still exists, Aerocaribbean is now fully under the control of the Cuban government's Cubana airline. In 1992 and 2010, the airline had two separate accidents where everyone aboard perished.
Slide 11 of 31: This Maldives airline flies to India, China, Bangladesh, and to various islands in the Indian Ocean. The company founded in 2000 has no International Air Transport Association accreditation. 
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Slide 12 of 31: Drukair was founded in 1983, and was the only airline in Bhutan until 2010. In 2016, a Drukair flight was punctured by hail, but everyone survived.
Slide 13 of 31: First Air serves the Canadian arctic and is owned by the country's Inuit indigenous people. Since 1974 the airline has experienced 11 accidents, with the latest being a major fatality crash in 2011. 
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Slide 14 of 31: Tajikistan's first private airline, Somon Air flies to Russia, China, Uzbekistan, Turkey, Germany, the UAE and Kazakhstan. The airline has zero stars from the International Air Transport Association.
Slide 15 of 31: Air Panama was founded in 1980 and mostly operates domestic flights, with additional destinations in Costa Rica and Colombia. The airline experienced four major accidents between 1997 and 2007, with ten people losing their lives in the first accident.
Slide 16 of 31: The Venezuelan airline flies to the US, Peru, Curaçao, Colombia, Ecuador, and Brazil. The airline is banned in the European Union because of safety concerns.
Slide 17 of 31: Venezuela's largest airline operates almost exclusively domestically. It's had three major accidents since 2005, with the latest one in 2010 killing 17 people.
Slide 18 of 31: Tajikistan's national airline was founded in 1923, and flies to Russia, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, India, Iran, and domestically. The airline has poor international accreditation.
Slide 19 of 31: This Kyrgyzstan airline has been around since 2003 and is banned in the European Union. In 2015 a rough landing injured eight people aboard an Avia Traffic Company flight.
Slide 20 of 31: Bangladeshi domestic airline Novoair only began operations in 2013, and has poor international accreditation.
Slide 21 of 31: AirAsia was the first foreign company to set up an airline in India, launching in 2014 and now flying to 20 destinations. Financial troubles have put the airline's very existence into question and the company has a poor international rating.
Slide 22 of 31: Completing Medium and long haul flights from AirAsia in Thailand, AirAsia X flies from Bangkok to China, Japan, and South Korea. Previous AirAsia X operations have already failed, creating uncertainty around the brand.
Slide 23 of 31: Known for their bewildering yet fascinatingly painted planes, NOK Air has more domestic destinations in Thailand than any other carrier. Numerous flight cancellations and protests from pilots rocked the company in 2016, when the pilots were found to not meet international standards.
Slide 24 of 31: This Papua New Guinea domestic airline has seen seven accidents, all with numerous fatalities since 1992. The worst was a flight in 2011, where 28 of the 32 passengers perished. 
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Slide 25 of 31: This Suriname airline is known for its violations of safety standards and incomplete investigations of its own plane crashes. The airline has experienced three fatal crashes since 2008, the worst one saw 19 people lose their lives. 
(Photo: Wikimedia/CC BY-SA 3.0)
Slide 26 of 31: Ariana Afghan Airlines, famously run by Osama Bin-Laden for a period of time, had 14 accidents between 1955 and 2014. The worst of these accidents killed 45 people in 1998, when a plane crashed into a mountain range on its way to Kabul.
Slide 27 of 31: Kam Air was the first private airline in Afghanistan, and has seen three accidents since 2005. The worst accident was in 2005, when 104 people perished after their plane crashed into mountainous terrain near Kabul. 
Slide 28 of 31: The national carrier of Iraq, Iraqi Airways has seen 12 accidents since 1955. The worst of those accidents was in 1986, when hijackers attempted to seize the plane over Saudi Arabia and crashed it instead, killing 63 people out of the 106 on board.
Slide 29 of 31: Not to be confused with AirAsia X Thailand, AirAsia Thailand is essentially unrecognized by international regulators. The average passenger rating for AirAsia Thailand is 4.4/10. That said, they haven't had any fatalities in the past 10 years.
Slide 30 of 31: Flying in the Himalayas is hard, and Nepal Airlines has experienced 15 accidents since 1960. The worst accident was in 1969, when all 35 passengers and crew perished in the fog. As recently as 2014 though, 18 people were lost entirely on a Nepal Airlines flight, never to be heard from again.
Slide 31 of 31: Yeti Airlines is the least safe airline in the world, according to AirlineRatings.com. Yeti is part of the biggest domestic airline in Nepal. It's had four accidents since 2006, with the worst being in 2008 when 18 people died during a botched landing.

Least safe airlines in the world

Usually people think the fear of flying is irrational, but on some of these carriers there might be cause for concern. 

AirlineRating.com aggregated the safety rating from two international bodies, the American FAA and European Union safety ratings, to find how airlines stack up. 

Here are the 30 least safe airlines in the world and how they got that way. 

30. Jetstar Japan

29. Air Zimbabwe

28. Express Air

Often stylized as Xpress Air, this Indonesian airline has regular close calls, but no major accidents of late. 

(Photo: Wikimedia/CC by 3.0)

27. Air Nauru

26. LADE

This Argentine, non-profit airline run by the Air Force operates in low traffic areas and isn’t accredited by the International Air Transport Association. 

(Photo: Wikimedia/GFDL 1.2)

25. Southwest Airlines

24. SpiceJet

23. Fastjet

22. Aerocaribbean

21. Maldivian

This Maldives airline flies to India, China, Bangladesh, and to various islands in the Indian Ocean. The company founded in 2000 has no International Air Transport Association accreditation. 

(Photo: Flickr/CC BY-SA 2.0)

20. Drukair Royal Bhutan

19. First Air

First Air serves the Canadian arctic and is owned by the country’s Inuit indigenous people. Since 1974 the airline has experienced 11 accidents, with the latest being a major fatality crash in 2011. 

(Photo: Flickr/CC by 2.0)

18. Somon Air

17. Air Panama

16. Avior Airlines

15. Conviasa

14. Tajik Air

13. Avia Traffic Company

12. Novoair

11. AirAsia India

10. AirAsia X Thailand

9. NOK Air

8. Airlines PNG

This Papua New Guinea domestic airline has seen seven accidents, all with numerous fatalities since 1992. The worst was a flight in 2011, where 28 of the 32 passengers perished. 

(Photo: Wikimedia/CC BY-SA 3.0)

7. Blue Wing

This Suriname airline is known for its violations of safety standards and incomplete investigations of its own plane crashes. The airline has experienced three fatal crashes since 2008, the worst one saw 19 people lose their lives. 

(Photo: Wikimedia/CC BY-SA 3.0)

6. Ariana Afghan Airlines

5. Kam Air

Kam Air was the first private airline in Afghanistan, and has seen three accidents since 2005. The worst accident was in 2005, when 104 people perished after their plane crashed into mountainous terrain near Kabul. 

4. Iraqi Airways

3. AirAsia Thailand

2. Nepal Airlines

1. Yeti Airlines

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