How Safe are Flight Journeys?

With many tragedies in such quick succession, many people will, understandably, be asking questions about aviation safety.

A statistics report determined that the death risk for passengers of commercial airlines is one in 45 million flights. According to The New York Times, a traveler could fly every day for a hundred thousand years and still be safe. Not only are airplanes continuously getting safer, they are also the least dangerous way to get to your destination. Everyday activities from walking to driving are still considerably more lethal. The probability of getting killed in a car wreck on the way to the airport is more than 20 times higher than it is being on an airplane.

Airline Accident Statistics 2014

Airline Accident Statistics 2014

 

Safety is an accumulation of knowledge about risk converted into practice, and no other mode of transportation has been as expansive as flying in incorporating what we know about the fallibility of humans and machines.

Volumes of information about the attention to safety given by the airline industry can be given. No other form of transportation is as scrutinized, investigated and monitored as Commercial aviation. 

Aviation technology has gotten more sophisticated with every passing year. Asia has seen explosive growth in air travel and is the fastest-growing airline market in the world, but parts of the continent — and some less developed countries in Africa — don’t necessarily possess the same caliber of technology and training available in places such as North America and Europe.

From the plane seats to the cabin air to the course and altitude of the flight, every decision in commercial aviation comes after careful consideration of its impact on safety.

  • Airplane Design
  • Cockpit Technology
  • Pilot Skills & Experience
  • Passenger Cabin
  • Air Traffic Control
  • Airport ControlOn any given day, some 100,000 commercial flights take off and land, the vast majority without incident, according to the International Air Transport Association. More than 3 billion people took to the skies in 2013, with only 210 fatalities. That the year 2014 has seen such a number is an anomaly, say experts, one that goes against the grain of many decades of steady declines in air crashes.

 

Air-Travel is not risk free, but its hardly a new observation to point out that nothing else is. The blow-by-blow media coverage with vivid images these days creates unnecessary anxiety. Compare this to the number of road accidents being covered and we get a hugely disproportionate ratio. Every loss is to be respected and valued but by the cold census of risks and accidents by Air travel, these numbers are minuscule when compared to the other modes of transportation. There was even a phenomenon called the 9/11 effect, where accidents on highways increased by a thousand as people avoided flights for a long time after the twin tower attack.

Traveling does push people out of their comfort zone but no other transport department is as well-equipped and advanced as the aviation industry.

So the next time you take a flight, sit back, relax and know that the safest part of your trip has begun.

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