A toy is placed at the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 near the village of Hrabove, eastern Ukraine Monday, July 21, 2014. Four days after Flight 17 was shot out of the sky, international investigators still have had only limited access to the crash site, hindered by pro-Russia fighters who control the verdant territory in eastern Ukraine. Outrage over the delays and the possible tampering of evidence at the site was building worldwide, especially in the Netherlands, where most of the victims were from. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)
A toy was placed at the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 near the village of Hrabove, eastern Ukraine Monday, July 21, 2014.
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With a string of recent plane crashes, it may seem like a scary time to fly. But air travel remains a fairly safe mode of transport (cars, for example, are eight times as dangerous).

A breakdown of the recent passenger plane crashes:

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JULY 24

An Air Algerie flight flying from Burkina Faso to Algeria’s capital disappeared from radar over northern Mali and “probably crashed,” according to government officials in France and Burkina Faso.

This photo taken on Friday, May 16, 2014 shows an MD-83 aircraft in the livery of Swiftair landing at Zaventem Airport Brussels. An Air Algerie flight carrying over 100 people from Burkina Faso to Algeria's capital disappeared from radar early Thursday over northern Mali after heavy rains were reported, according to the plane's owner and government officials in France and Burkina Faso. Air navigation services lost track of the MD-83 about 50 minutes after takeoff from Ougadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso, at 0155 GMT (9:55 p.m. EDT Wednesday), the official Algerian news agency APS said. Air Algerie Flight 5017 was being operated by Spanish airline Swiftair, the company said in a statement. The Spanish pilots' union said the plane belonged to Swiftair and it was operated by a Spanish crew. (AP Photo/Kevin Cleynhens)
This photo taken on Friday, May 16, 2014 shows an MD-83 aircraft in the livery of Swiftair landing at Zaventem Airport Brussels.
KEVIN CLEYNHENS/ AP

Cause of crash: To be determined, but the plane sent a message around 9:30 p.m. asking Niger air control to change its route due to “heavy rains.”

Number of people on board: 116

Death toll: Unknown

JULY 23

A TransAsia Airways plane flying from Taiwan’s southern city of Kaohsiung to Magong airport crashed while attempting to land on the Taiwanese island of Penghu.

Emergency workers remove the wreckage of crashed TransAsia Airways flight GE222 on the outlying island of Penghu, Taiwan, Thursday, July 24, 2014. Stormy weather on the trailing edge of Typhoon Matmo was the likely cause of the plane crash that killed more than 40 people, the airline said Thursday. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)
Emergency workers removed the wreckage of crashed TransAsia Airways flight GE222 on the outlying island of Penghu, Taiwan, Thursday, July 24, 2014.
WALLY SANTANA/ AP

Cause of crash: Also yet to be determined. There was heavy rain, according to Taiwan’s Central News Agency, but Jean Shen, Taiwan’s Civil Aeronautics Administration Director told reporters that visibility at the airport during the plane’s attempted landing was 1 mile, which is considered acceptable for landing. The domestic flight had been delayed due to Typhoon Matmo.

Number of people on board: 58

Death toll: 48

JULY 17

A Malaysia Airlines plane flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur was shot down over a part of eastern Ukraine controlled by pro-Russian separatists.

A Malaysian air crash investigator works at a crash site of the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 near the village of Hrabove (Grabovo), Donetsk region July 24, 2014. REUTERS/Maxim Zmeyev (UKRAINE - Tags: TRANSPORT DISASTER)
A Malaysian air crash investigator worked at a crash site of the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 near the village of Hrabove.
MAXIM ZMEYEV/ REUTERS

Cause of crash: The jetliner was shot down by a Russian-made anti-aircraft missile, according to Ukrainian and American officials. It is still unclear who shot down the plane, but senior US intelligence officials told the Associated Press that Russia-backed rebels in the region were likely responsible, and that they found “no direct link between Russia and the shootdown.”

Number of people on board: 298

Death toll: 298

MARCH 8

Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 disappeared en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. Its location is still unknown, but the plane is believed to have crashed into the southern Indian Ocean roughly 1,000 miles west of Perth.

(FILES) This file handout photo taken on April 13, 2014, and obtained on April 17, 2014 by the Australian Defence Department shows the HMAS Perth transiting through the southern Indian Ocean as an Orion P-3K of the Royal New Zealand Air Force searches for debris for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH 370. Missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 was "highly, highly likely" on autopilot when it ran out of fuel and crashed, Australian officials said on June 26, 2014 as they announced the search will shift further south. AFP PHOTO/AUSTRALIAN DEFENCE/ABIS NICOLAS GONZALEZ ----EDITORS NOTE ----RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE MANDATORY CREDIT " AFP PHOTO / AUSTRALIAN DEFENCE/ABIS NICOLAS GONZALEZ" NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS - NO ARCHIVESABIS NICOLAS GONZALEZ/AFP/Getty Images
The HMAS Perth coasted through the southern Indian Ocean as an Orion P-3K of the Royal New Zealand Air Force searched for debris of the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH 370.
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Cause of crash: Yet to be determined. The jet lost contact about 40 minutes into a flight. Malaysian officials, authorities from 26 other nations, and experts from around the world have been trying to figure out what happened ever since.

Number of people on board: 239

Death toll: 239 (assumed)

These tragedies may put fliers on edge, but according to the AP, there have only been two deaths for every 100 million passengers on commercial flights in the last decade.