Don't be ashamed to say that recent developments have made you a bit fearful of taking that next flight. You may not be alone.

For some time, commercial airline crashes have been greatly reduced, but the horrible stories from Ukraine, Taiwan and Mali this summer have changed that trend. According to today's New York Times, there now have been 757 fatalities from commercial airlines crashes (regardless of the cause) in 2014 -- and it's only July.

The Times reported this week that 2012 was the best year for airline safety since the end of World War II, with 2013 being even better. This year is turning out quite different.

If you're wondering how many commercial airline crashes have occurred, here's a good start.

-- Phillip Tutor