It only took until the second day of 2018 for the internet to explode in response to a Donald Trump tweet - with social media users mocking the president for appearing to take credit for a lack of deaths on commercial jet planes last year,
“I have been very strict on Commercial Aviation,” the president tweeted, without going into detail.
“It was just reported there were Zero deaths in 2017, the best and safest year on record”! Mr Trump added.
Bewildered and mocking responses soon poured forth. Many of them took the form of wondering how, exactly, Mr Trump could claim credit for safer air travel.
BREAKING: Trump has flown EVERY plane in the past year. https://t.co/xebVcQQNkF— a solid 6 (@ReallyJustBubba) January 2, 2018
I know when my plane landed safely a couple weeks ago that Trump had to be behind it. Good looking out. https://t.co/7TJtISnqTC— Mick Ciallela (@themick23) January 2, 2018
So does this mean we can personally blame Trump for all future plane crashes? https://t.co/ThIolX7JSw— Jeff LaPalme (@LaPalme2) January 2, 2018
Unlike Obama, Trump won't let any planes crash. Not even a little bit. He's very strict. https://t.co/uQuPzihc80— neontaster 🚟 (@neontaster) January 2, 2018
The President appeared to be referencing a report from the Aviation Safety Network that dubbed 2017 the “safest year ever for commercial aviation”.
But as a number of Twitter users noted, no one has died on a commercial American carrier’s flight since 2009, when a plane crashed near Buffalo, New York.
The United States last recorded a fatal airline passenger jet crash in February 2009, but Donald Trump being "very strict" on commercial aviation is the only real reason why flights are so safe today. https://t.co/wuVN4T6K4S https://t.co/QGaqVGiuho— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) January 2, 2018
“Very strict on Commercial Aviation.”
What does this even mean? What, if anything, has he done?There hasn’t been a deadly scheduled airline crash in the US since 2009. The 2017 news is a global achievement. https://t.co/phS2xs86hC
Commercial airline deaths in the U.S. by year:
2017: 0.https://t.co/E8qucAhTpJ https://t.co/MDbvtHUxN6
Others wondered if Mr Trump would take credit for protecting Americans from various hazards.
We had no gas explosions in our house this year. Thank you, Mr. President, for your hands-on leadership of FERC. https://t.co/cquNwtlSuw— Charles C. W. Cooke (@charlescwcooke) January 2, 2018
since donald trump has taken office he has been very strict on Slippery Ice—it was just reported that i have not fallen once this winter, the best on record!— Ashley Feinberg (@ashleyfeinberg) January 2, 2018
The Aviation Safety Network report found that 44 people died in 2017, with airlines recording 10 accidents — an “extremely low” figure. A report from aviation consultancy To70 reached a similar conclusion, finding not a single passenger service jet crash.
On the final day of 2017, 10 US citizens were killed when their plane crashed in Costa Rica - but the incident was not included in the Aviation Safety Network publication since the aircraft weighed under 5,700kg - the threshold for the report.