One chart shows why you shouldn’t freak out over AirAsia Flight QZ8501

For the casual observer, 2014 seems like a horrendously shitty year for air travel.

There have been three high-profile airline disasters this year: the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 headed from Malaysia to Beijing that sent CNN into a perpetual meltdown, the shoot-down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over Ukraine, and now the disappearance of AirAsia Flight 8501 en route to Singapore. With these incidents burned into the public consciousness by round-the-clock cable news coverage, it should come as no surprise that many may feel reticent about stepping foot on a plane in 2015, let alone a Malaysia-based airliner.

But those anxieties are misplaced. According to data from the Aviation Safety Network, 2014 was actually the safest year for flying on record.

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