Is it still safer to fly to your destination than it is to drive ?

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  • Is it still safer to fly to your destination than it is to drive ?


Answer #1 | 23/07 2014 17:00
YES, by far. There has not been a crash on any US airline for more than 5 years, and similarly for most other airlines. Say 550 people died in the two recent MH crashes this year. In the meantime, just within the US, about 15,000 people have died in traffic accidents (about 25-30,000 per year). The number of traffic deaths would be <> higher if you counted all the ones around the world. 2001 was the worst year for aviation deaths in a very long time because of the 9-11 hijackings and crashes and that was 4100 people. That still pales in comparison to the number of deaths on roads and highways.
Answer #2 | 23/07 2014 16:43
Not if I am popping down to the shops, no.
Answer #3 | 23/07 2014 16:28
Statistically, yes. I don't have the numbers, but if you take the total number of cars on the road and the number of planes in the sky, and factor in the number of car accidents AND plane incidents, the numbers will show that your odds are better on a plane. However, when something bad DOES happen with a flight, it is obviously MUCH more serious and life threatening than the typical car accident. So you have to make your travel plans as you see fit.

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