Is air travel really the safest?

The media tend to highlight accidents, which makes them disproportionate. Air travel resulted in 0.07 deaths per billion miles traveled, compared to 212.57 for motorcycles and 7.28 for cars. However, if you decide to hold on to the belief that flying is dangerous, then you lose these reassuring safety data. The statistics and figures that show that air travel is the safest way to travel relate to our logical, reasoning and rational mind.

Worrying about safety is an intrusion that seems to evade those faculties of logic and go directly to our emotions. And you'll always find another article about “close to failure” or “crowded skies” that will reinforce your belief. Last year was the safest year in history for commercial aviation. According to a recent study of air accident statistics.

The authors of the study found that, while there were some accidents during the year, those accidents mainly affected small propeller and cargo planes. The number of large passenger transport planes that were lost? Zero.

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