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Common Myths About Flying

Everyone probably already knows that air travel is the safest way to get around. For those afraid of flying though, statistics are generally of no help. Hopefully after reading this article, you’ll have a better understanding of some common dangerous flying myths and how to overcome them.

Statistics

First, let’s start off with some air travel safety statistics. A study conducted in 1975 through 1994 shed some light on how safe air travel actually is. The odds of being in a fatal plane crash are about 1 in seven million. That means that if seven million people were picked randomly around the globe, only one of them would die in a fatal plane crash. Secondly, it’s also probably worth noting that if you were to fly on at least one flight every day of your life, it would take approximately nineteen thousand years for you to die in a plane crash. That’s more lifetimes than most people can count.

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Lukla Nepal, not all runways are flat …

Still not convinced? How about we compare driving statistics to flying stats. Every year over 45,000 people die in car crashes. That’s about 150 people killed every single day because of wreckless driving. To give you an idea of how many plane crashes that is, a Boeing 727 full of people would have to crash every single day of the year and kill its entire passenger load to match the number of driving deaths there are each year.

According to the study conducted, you are approximately 20 times safer in an aircraft than you are in an automobile.

Turbulence

When people fly, one of the most common fears they have is rough air. When turbulence strikes, many often feel as though the plane is falling out of the sky. In all of recorded history of air travel, not once has a plane every crashed because of turbulence or rough air. While it may be uncomfortable, rough air isn’t enough to make a plane fall out of the sky.

Control

Another common fear that people have is that while cars may be more unsafe than planes, in a vehicle people are more in control of their fate. In an aircraft, it’s generally two or three strangers at the helm who are controlling the fate of everyone on board. While it may not mean much to say it, in many cases the pilots in the cockpit are only there as a safety measure. Modern aircraft are capable of flying themselves from takeoff to landing. The computers within aircraft are so sophisticated that they are able to make perfect takeoffs and landings without any help from a pilot. That means if the pilots pass out or are unable to control the plane, the aircraft will automatically take the safety precautions necessary to land itself safely on the ground.

To recap, you are almost 20 times safer in an aircraft than in a car. And who doesn’t drive? About 3 deaths occur for every 10 billion miles travelled in the air. That’s a long way.

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