If you think about it, what could be more frightful than whizzing through the air at over 500 miles per hour in a big pressurized aluminum tube, 6 miles up, where the air outside is too thin to breathe, and the temperature is lower than -40 F?
Any one of these things is dangerous by itself, and commercial flights include them all at the same time. No wonder thousands of people are afraid of flying. They’re only protected by a thin metal skin! But are planes really that dangerous? The good news is that statistics are on the side of aviation. They prove that airplanes are the safest means of travel.
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– Only one airplane crash happens per about every 16 million flights on average, and about 500 people don’t survive in all the crashes that happen in a year.
– In comparison, about 1.5 million people will be in a car crash and not walk away from it each year.
– There’s a myth that there’re no chances of surviving a plane crash, but it has little to do with reality.
– There’ve been 568 airplane accidents in the US between 1983 and 2000. The number of people who didn’t survive was only 5% of all the passengers who were on board.
– Statistics reveal that the number of train crashes is much more frequent than in aviation. It’s just that they don’t cause as many casualties and don’t get as much media coverage.
– If a passenger boards a random flight every day, statistically, it’d take them 21,000 years to get into an aircrash.
– The 2 most common fears that passenger have on board the plane are engine failure and turbulence.
– The truth is that the engines aren’t exactly what keeps the plane going.
– f both engines break down in the air, which almost never happens, inertia won’t allow it to drop straight down.
– When the plane goes through layers of air of different density, it can start vibrating. This is what we know as turbulence.
– Sometimes turbulence can happen when the sky is clear, or there are few high-level clouds. It’s called clear air turbulence.
– Though it can cause discomfort, or even jostle passengers in the most extreme cases, it does no harm to the plane itself.
– The only time strong wind can pose a real danger is during take-off and landing, but in that case, the pilot will just go to a reserve airfield.
The system of aviation is built like an ideal pyramid. The head of this pyramid is the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).
– ICAO controls the number of hours all the pilot’s fly in the whole world. Specialists make mathematical calculations to handle the landings of the planes, where the difference could be just 40 seconds between them.
– The ICAO has a strict rule about food for pilots: all the meals for the crew are prepared separately.
– This is done so that the second pilot can replace the first one if he gets food poisoning.
– Pilots can often speak several languages, have excellent computers skills, have great reflexes, and excellent sight.
– They’re constantly in touch with the flight control center, adjusting the autopilot if necessary, and keeping everything under control.
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