One in every three Americans feels scared to fly. Flight phobics would prefer to use alternative routes to their destinations. Recent air disasters such as the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 with all 239 passengers and the 2014 crash of the Boeing 777 Asiana Airlines at San Francisco reawaken the existing fear in many citizens. Although air crashes are devastating, they are rare. Is it safe to fly than using other means? Below are proofs that flight is the safest mode of transportation.
Crash Rate on the Highway
Drivers and car occupants have one in 114 and one in 654 chance of dying in the event of an accident. In 2015, there were 35,092 highway deaths. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that 1.27 people die in every 100 million miles traveled by vehicles. On the contrast, no one died as a result of an air crash in 2016.
Approximately 749 people died in railroad accidents in 2015. These accidents were caused by trespassing, meaning that railroads are among the safest modes of transport.
Safety in the Waters
Traveling on boats also has some risks. The total number of fatalities was 692 in 2015. About 90 percent of these accidents affected recreational boating and not passenger-related.
Safety of Flights
There is a one in 9,821 chance of dying from air transport. In fact, Forbes recorded that commercial aviation is on an incredible safety streak. Air transport is just getting safer. The last time a person died on a U.S.-certified scheduled airline was in 2009, when Colgan Air 3407, crashed in Clarence Center, NY killing all 49 passengers onboard and one person on the ground.
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) statistics show that out of the 848.1 million air passengers to and from the United States, only 444 died in 2014. Compare this to the number of fatalities on highways.
Why Is Flight The Safest Transportation Mode?
The Associated Press estimates that there are only two deaths for each100 million passengers flying commercially. Comparing this with the over 30,000 accidents that happen each year, it is evident that flights are safe.
• Air Traffic Control and Thorough Training
Air Traffic Control monitors planes 24 hours a day giving pilots instructions, information, and clearance. Contrary to drivers who do a simple test, pilots go through a rigorous training exercise to ensure that they are fit to fly.
Planes are equipped with turbulence detectors and runway safety technologies. With these technologies, pilots are warned if another plane is coming. These technologies control the plane from runway to its destination.