Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Accident → Plane Crash Statistics
This is a very misunderstood subject. Most people think that flying is much safer than travelling in a car. This is a myth perpetuated by airline publicists making creative use of statistics.
Here is the reality: in fact, you’re about 12 times more likely to die in the air than in a car ride. Let us look at the facts:
1. When the airline industry gives figures about its safety record, it quotes statistics showing that there are about 0.03 fatalities per 100 million kilometres flown, compared with 0.10 fatalities per 100 million kilometres for rail travel and 0.175 per million kilometres for cars. In other words, they are saying that air travel is about 3 times safer than rail travel and 5 times safer than car travel per 100 million kilometres of distance travelled.
2. But these statistics are highly skewed. Typically, planes travel huge distances but 70% of aircraft accidents take place on take-off and landing, manoeuvres which represent only 4% of journey time and are therefore relatively much more dangerous.
3. A much more realistic figure is the rate of fatalities per number of journeys made. By this measure, air travel takes on a very different complexion. Fatalities per 100 million passenger journeys are (on average) 4.5 for cars, 2.7 for trains, and 55.0 for planes! This means you are 12 times more likely to die on a commercial jet compared to a car, and 20 times more likely to die on a commercial jet compared to a train.
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|At least in a car you can control your fate, and still have a chance if you screw up. Get on a plane and it,s live or die.|
|It is safer to fly!!!!|
|I don't care what is safer. I won't shit my pants |
right before a car crash. Yeah they are potentially
deadly, but at least I don't have to fall thousands
of feet from the sky. And I get get out of a car
relatively easily. Not so with a plane. No thanks.
|Any statistics can be manipulated such as you |
chose to do. I choose to look at it the way they
are, namely, I could drive or fly the same
distance and I would be less likely to die on the
plane. If I'm part of that small fraction, it could be
takeoff, flying at 10,000 feet, landing, or anytime
I'm on that plane. The fact that they occur more
often during takeoff and landing doesn't change
the statistics. I understand the distinction you're
trying to make, but what you're really pointing out
is that you're much more likely to crash a plane at
the beginning or end of the trip, whereas you're
much, much less likely to crash in a plane that is
up in the air during your flight, and overall, travel
by plane is still 3x safer.
|And it's cooked too!|
|is that a bear in the background? Lunch!|
|yes and there is a risk of other cars |
crashing you. no airplane collides in the
sky with another.
|i am pretty sure they calculate the |
number of deaths by airplane every year
And the number of auto fatalities every
year. you are a dope. go research shit
before you speak on shit trying to act
intelligent! far more auto deaths.
|This is why i hate to fly,if it goes wrong your ass is dead !|
|u need to correct you statistics... its if you crash, you are more likely to die... but you are more likely to crash in a car than you are in a plane...|
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