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Q & A: Fear of Flying? Air Travel is Safer than Cars!

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Most recent answer: 10/22/2007
Q:
how many airplane crash has hapenned for last 50 years?and also can you gıve percentage? ı am not askıng the military planes
- hasan (age 15)
golcuk anoadolu hıghschool, turkey
A:
It's hard to get your hands on raw statistics and numbers of crashes for the last fifty years. However, air travel seems to be getting safer.

In 1998, for example, there were 14 million commercial airline flights carrying 615 million passengers. There were zero crashes and zero fatalities. In 1999 and 2000 there were less than five in each year.

In a Forbes online article, Boeing, said that it is 22 times safer to fly than it is to drive on a per-mile basis. Fewer people have died in commercial airplane accidents over the past 60 years than are killed in U.S. auto accidents over a typical three-month period.

Boeing also says the following: The risk of being involved in a commercial jet aircraft accident where there are multiple fatalities is approximately one in three million. To put this in perspective, you'd have to fly once every day for more than 8,200 years to accumulate three million flights.

Of course, Boeing has its own agenda, but for the most part these stats sound pretty good!

(published on 10/22/2007)

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