Is flying getting safer or riskier?
Aircrafts today have many more safety features and alerting systems than they did in the early years of flying. More than three million people travel by plane each day. A Boeing aircraft takes off and lands daily all over the world, every two seconds. It is estimated that the air traffic will increase by almost double in the next 20 years.
Statistics show that flying is 22% safer than traveling by car. The amount of attention given to a crash is evident enough to prove how rare it is. The same kind of coverage is never given to all the car crashes that take place regularly. Though it may come as a shock, a recent study by the National Safety Council, shows that the number of deaths that occur due to car accidents in only a six month period, is equal to the total number of fatalities caused by the crash of commercial jets worldwide in the last 60 years!
Another study by the Ministry of Housing, Regional Development and the Environment shows that a person has a chance of 1 in 800,000 of getting killed while traveling by an airplane, while a 1 in 6000 chance in case of a car crash. Even after reading these statistics, it can be difficult for some of us to focus on the chance ration of 800,000.
Common causes of commercial jet crashes
Approximately 80% of aircraft accidents occur shortly before take-off or during take-off and landing.