Commercial Plane Crashes

Commercial Plane Crashes

Commercial Plane Crashes

Commercial Plane Crashes

Flying on a commercial airline is not as safe as you would like to believe. Every year, as regular as clockwork, several thousand people die or get injured in airline accidents. On average 1,000 to 2,000 people die, and roughly 2,000 to 5,000 are injured every year since the 1930’s.

Airline incidents are now so common that they hardly make headline news, and many ‘minor’ incidents involving just one or two fatalities and injuries go unreported in the press. Unless you personally experience or witness an airline accident, you can easily go through life under the illusion that plane crashes hardly ever happen.

One astonishing fact is that ninety four percent of plane accidents happen on take off and landing, accounting for about 88 percent of fatalities (figures for injuries are generally not recorded). The other four percent of plane accidents happen while the plane is cruising, accounting for about 12 percent of fatalities. The source for this is the ‘Statistical Summary of Commercial Jet Airplane Accidents, Boeing’.

Commercial Plane Crashes

Commercial Plane Crashes

Commercial Plane Crashes

But another even more astonishing fact is that pilot and flight crew error accounts for over 60% of all airline calamities. And remember that here we are talking about regular commercial airlines, without including private planes, military aircraft, etc. Source: information compiled by the website Air Crash Info.

Since the 1930’s, when air crash statistics first started to be collected, the rate of airline accidents and fatalities has been surprisingly steady. That is, the percentage of accidents and deaths is on average about the same, year on year. So in spite of technical advances, the number of accidents and fatalities per hundred flights continues unabated.

So what are the chances of an airline passenger being involved in plane crash? According to ‘OAGback Aviation Solutions & Plane Crash Info accident database, 1988 – 2007′ the figures are as follows:

Commercial Plane Crashes

Commercial Plane Crashes

Commercial Plane Crashes

The odds of being on an airline flight which results in at least one fatality is about 1 in 3.3 million. This assumes that you travel on a mix of different airlines (not just the airlines with the safest records). Worse still is that many of these plane accidents (about 1 in 4) produces a mix of people who die and people who survive, albeit injured. Such injuries are often life-long (and life destroying).

Comparison with car crashes is difficult because statistics vary wildly from country to country. In the USA, for example, there are 6 million car accidents every year which produce about 40,000 deaths a year.

It has been estimated that when you compare numbers of journeys (rather than mileage) you are 12 times more likely to be involved in a fatal plane incident compared to a fatal car incident. In other words, air travel is much less safer than car travel (source: ‘Air Travel Safety Secrets’).

Commercial Plane Crashes

Commercial Plane Crashes

Commercial Plane Crashes

Is there anything an airline passenger can do to avoid or minimize the risk of injury and death when you fly? Fortunately, the answer is yes. There are some simple things you can do that greatly increase the chances of surviving an airline calamity without injury. See below for more information.

By Russell Eaton
Article Source: ezinearticles.com