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A KLM 747-400 touches down in Amsterdam (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Fabian Behr)

2017: The Safest Year for Aviation in History

The year 2016 seemed to be a year of never-ending aviation incidents. From an Egyptair flight being "forcibly diverted" to Cyprus by a man wanting to impress his girlfriend, to then-Vice Presidential Candidate Mike Pence's chartered Eastern Airlines 737-700 overrunning the runway at LaGuardia, the accidents and incidents seemed to pile up. The good news, however, is that 2017 was remarkably safer than the year prior. In fact, with the clock striking midnight on Dec. 31 to signal the end…