Trump takes credit for lack of plane crashes in 2017

US president Donald Trump.
US president Donald Trump. Photo credit: Getty

Donald Trump has taken credit for a lack of plane crashes in 2017.

Last year was the safest year in aviation history, with no commercial jet deaths anywhere in the world. The Aviation Safety Network says the last fatal passenger jet accident was in Colombia in November 2016.

Now, Mr Trump has explained why, in his opinion.

"Since taking office I have been very strict on Commercial Aviation," he tweeted.

"Good news - it was just reported that there were Zero deaths in 2017, the best and safest year on record!"

Even before Mr Trump stepped in to help, commercial aviation had been steadily becoming statistically safer by the year, despite an increasing number of flights.

A commercial jet has not crashed in the US since 2009.

Mr Trump often takes credit where he sees credit due. Last year he also claimed he invented the word 'fake', and took credit for making people proud to say 'Merry Christmas'.


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