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Safety. That is the biggest concern of all means of transportation. Every big and developing company, manufacturing any type of transportation or providing transportation services, puts safety as number one priority. And that is completely right, as instinct of self survival is one of the major ones for every human being. Over the last 2014 air travel safety was put on concern from travelers, as there were so many fatal tragedies with planes, especially in Asia region of the world.Which (not surprisingly) questioned a lot of people to think of alternative type of transportation. I decided to make a small research and collect some art travel safety statistics.

Air travel safety data

I would like to concentrate on USA statistics from 2013.

transportation fatalities chart 2013

The 2013 statistics show:
·         U. S. roadway deaths, which account for nearly 94 percent of all transportation deaths, decreased from 33,782 in 2012 to 32,719 in 2013.  Fatalities on buses were up from 39 in 2012 to 48 in 2013.
·         Railroad deaths increased 6 percent from 840 to 891. The vast majority of these fatalities continue to be trespassers struck by trains.
·         Aviation deaths decreased from 451 to 443. Nearly 87 percent of aviation fatalities occurred in general aviation accidents (387), a decrease from the previous year (440). In 2013, air taxi fatalities increased significantly from nine in 2012 to 27.
·         Marine deaths also dropped in 2013, from 711 to 615. The vast majority of the fatalities, (560), occurred in recreational boating which also decreased.
As you can see, fatalities in aviation field of transportation is way less compared to other mean of moving from point A to point B.
More deep data you can find here.

What are your chances of being in a fatal air crash?

Your chance of dying in a crash is about 1 in 14 million, according to information from OAG Aviation &

fatal accidents in aviation chart


Have a look at this very descriptive video from The infographic show.

Facts making flying more safety

1. Pilots are professionals. They should have at least 3000 hours of flying before hired by commercial airline. Before Airlines hire a pilot, the pilot must take psychological tests to ensure he/she is a conservative person who is detailed oriented and takes little or no risks in life.

2.No flying bird can stop a jet engine. By the way the cost of jet engine is about $11 mln.

3.Weather radar presence along with up-to-date software and hardware. To notify pilots about all possible unplanned situations.

4.Rebranding of planes. Every 4-5 years.

5.Airplanes can fly safely to their destination if one engine fails.

6.Aircrafts can fly through thunderstorms, but never do so. Pilots are not allowed and it is illegal to come inside 20 miles radius from the storm core.

7.Enough fuel. Aircrafts legally must have enough fuel on board to go to their destination, make a missed approach to land, fly to their most distant alternate landing, hold for 30 minutes and land with 10% of their en route fuel still in their tanks.

8.TSA has become a part of Department of Homeland Security in one moth after tragical 9/11.

9.Commercial aircrafts flying below 29,000 feet are required to be spaced 1,000 feet apart vertically and 3 to 20 miles apart horizontally.

10.All luggage is x-rayed.

11.Technologies and design are in its boom and improving constantly.

12.Air traffic control with airport control. GPS guidance for pilots along with full support from ground.

Bottom line

“It is safer now than it ever has been,” says Dale Wright, chief of safety for the National Air Traffic Controllers Association. “It reduces risk, and that’s what it’s all about.”

Commercial aviation is, statistically, a very safe industry. According to the International Air Transport Association, the 10-year average of airline accidents resulting in a fatality is 17 per year. Less than one in 2 million flights last year ended in an accident that damaged a plane beyond repair.

safest form of transportationphoto  courtesy of

If you still, have some hesitations you take very interesting free lessons online here. For you to be less anxious with planes.

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