How safe is air travel

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  1. WilliamQ

    WilliamQ Gold Member

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    WilliamQ Gold Member

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    Experts still thinks air travel is very safe but is a reminder that disasters can happen and will continue to happen as the industry grows.

    Very Bad Week: Airline Disasters Come in a Cluster

    http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/bad-week-airline-disasters-cluster-24702003

    http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/bad-week-airline-disasters-cluster-24702003
     
  3. janetadams

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    That’s not true for driving. While it’s widely known that flying is statistically safer than driving, just how much safer varies from country to country. Data from the World Health Organization and the World Bank suggest that, in the U.S., there are 1.4 fatalities per year for every 10,000 cars on the road. In Malaysia, there are seven; in Kenya, 87—more than 60 times the rate in the U.S., compared with about a fivefold gap in air safety. Given how often people drive, and how indispensable car travel is in most countries, the gap in developing countries’ road safety records is far more troubling than their air safety records are impressive.
     
  4. redtailshark

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    Yes.

    However, there's a psychology at work beyond aggregate statistics. Driving affords the driver some notional control of risk. Flying commercial, does not.

    The accident reports don't tell the whole story. What provides a more holistic insight are the accounts and details of the numerous near-misses, incidents and events that don't become accidents. A good source from which to learn more is Simon Hradecky's industry resource, Aviation Herald. Take a look for yourselves:

    http://avherald.com/

    See how many hydraulic system failures, IFSDs, bird strikes, flap problems, depressurizations etc. occur on a weekly basis in global commercial aviation.

    But...the very fact these events are discussed, posted, dissected and considered, is a very positive thing. Almost every aviation professional worldwide prioritizes safety of their actions and operation beyond everything else and shares information to improve the system. And see how many of these events are well-handled to the point where they are non-events.....AF's recent severe turb encounter over tropical Africa, for example, in their 332, or KL's birdstrike/unreliable airspeed indication in their 744 prompting a return to AMS. These data allow readers to look beyond the hype and see, for example, the general high responsibility levels of most major operators including FR's excellent safety record, or the overall awfulness of Indonesian standards and operators.

    Then... contrast these information-sharing practices with those of the respective nuclear industries.....
     
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    anileze Gold Member

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    Driving a bus in the sky is a very specialized skill and required advanced knowledge. While driving a bus in the ground, is perceived as not requiring advanced knowledge and skill.

    Other than that, it is not even apples and oranges; it is more like walnuts and watermelons :)
     
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    They did not give me a pilots license, I earned it...

    My DL, was given to me many years ago, I did not even have to drive a car to get it,
     
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