Being off work sick and having nothing better to do, browsing through an accident database I totalled the accidents and fatalaties for two years, 1954 and 2004. The results were remarkably similar, despite a 50 year gap and a massive increase in air travel and a large increase in aircraft size:
1954: 34 accidents, 664 fatalaties
2004: 31 accidents, 587 fatalaties
Both figures include private and air taxi accidents, but exclude military.
[Edited 2005-07-05 19:09:08]