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Investigators looks over the wreckage of a small plane crash Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017, in Phoenix. The pilot and passenger of the single-engine plane were taken from the scene and brought to a nearby hospital after the plane crashed along 19th Avenue near Deer Valley Airport. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

(Bloomberg) — The rate of fatal crashes on privately owned aircraft in the U.S. dropped to the lowest level in 50 years in 2016.

The fatal-accident rate was less than 1 per 100,000 flight hours, the first time it has reached that level in decades, according to statistics released by the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board on Tuesday. There were 386 people killed in private-aviation accidents in 2016, compared to 631 in 1997, according to NTSB data.

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