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Trump Slammed for Bragging About Airlines Having Safest Year Ever

Anything President Donald Trump says seems to cause controversy these days. As soon as words come out of his mouth, a group of supporters line up behind him to have his back, and a group of resisters come out to revolt against him or mock him. The latest controversy is over airline safety.

Trump tweeted what would have, under normal circumstances, been good news. And while the basic details still qualify as good news, they've become just another argument on social media and another Trump story in the news.

"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!" Trump tweeted.

And it is true, that 2017 has been named the safest year, but it wasn't exactly as spotless a record as Trump would suggest. He specifically used the term 'commercial airlines', probably meaning passenger planes. But commercial actually refers to cargo planes as well, and there was a fatal Air Cargo Carriers crash at Charleston-Yeager Airport last year in West Virginia. Two pilots were killed.

But even with the fact that there were air fatalities last year, Trump's claim about it being the safest year is correct. Many couldn't help but wonder why Trump was taking credit for it, though. Safety regulations have been something that the Aviation Safety Network has been working on for years and years.

After the Colgan Air Flight 307 crash in February of 2009, in which 50 people were killed near Buffalo, New York, the Federal Aviation Administration ramped up safety regulations. Pilots are required to have recurrent training, longer mandatory rest periods between flights and co-pilots are now required to have the same 1,500 hours flight experience, just like captains. These kinds of changes have made a big difference in safety.

“Since 1997, the average number of airliner accidents has shown a steady and persistent decline, for a great deal thanks to the continuing safety-driven efforts by international aviation organizations..." said Harro Ranter, president of the Aviation Safety Network.

Some also argue that part of 2017 has definitely shown improvements in airline safety that have been building for years, but a little luck came into play as well. "I don’t think we can point to anything that we did in 2017 that resulted in zero fatals in United States airlines. But 2017 was evidence of a solid decade of improvements," said Young, director of the Center for Aviation Studies at Ohio State University.

It's unlikely anything Trump has done resulted in the 2017 record. Naturally, his critics jumped on Twitter to mock the POTUS.

"Since taking office the sun has risen in the east and sets in the west. All credit to me!" said one person.

"Since taking office I have been very strict on Polio Vaccination. Good news - it was just reported that there were Zero deaths on record in 2017, the best and safest year on record!” said another.

"Since taking office the earth has continued its orbit around the sun. I've been very tough on heliocentrism to make sure it works properly," another added.

Trump may get things done, but he has to work on how he comes off when he makes announcements. He sets himself up for more criticism than necessary.
Source: Buzzfeed
Photo: CNN, Raw Story, Mashable

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