Beleive it or not there were SIX fatal airline crashes and one hijacking between last year’s Asiana Airlines accident in July and Malaysia Airlines 370 in March. You just don’t hear mch about the ones that don’t involve Americans.
I don’t have a cite at hand, but I thought we had gone - globally - quite a stretch of years without a major fatality airline crash, American or otherwise. A few crashes, like the Asiana one, with relatively low casualties, and any number of smaller-craft incidents, but not 100+ airliner losses.
Actually I believe it was the US air routes, and maybe the major first-tier airlines internationally, that had a couple of long stretches without mass casualty events, very visibly interrupted by AF447 (and as mentioned that’s only if you dismiss regional carriers, as in the Buffalo and Lexington crashes). From what I’ve searched it seems all but one year in the 21st century has had at least one 100+ fatality aviation disaster.