Air Algerie’s crash over northern Mali marks the third horrific airline crash in a week. If, as is assumed, all 116 people on board died in the accident, that will put the airliner death toll at 461 in just seven days. And if that wasn’t enough to put a person off flying, there’s the fact that these disasters came mere months after MH370 disappeared somewhere over the southern Pacific, taking 239 lives along with it.
But even though 2014 has indeed been one freakishly bad year for air travel, flying is still one of the safest ways to get around. Here’s some key context, in charts: