Flying is one of the safest ways to get around, but many people still harbor fears about it as a method of travel. Considering the wreckage from some commercial airline accidents, it’s easy to understand why. Americans are interested in knowing which commercial airlines and plane models are the safest. No one wants to become a statistic related to a plane crash.
The frequency of commercial plane crashes
Commercial airline accidents with fatalities are exceptionally rare. For example, there were only 10 fatal commercial airline accidents in all of 2017. Accidents with just one passenger fatality occur less than once every 7 million flights. In fact, recently there was one stretch over 390 days where no such accidents were recorded at all. Still, flyers are eager to know how safe the planes and airlines they put their trust in actually are.
Nervous flyers will be heartened to know that there are some models of passenger jets that have never been involved in a fatal accident. These include the Boeing 717 and the Airbus A380. Aircraft like the Boeing 737MAX have only been flying since 2016. There is not really enough data yet to compare them to more established models. Air New Zealand, British Airways and Alaska Airlines rank among the top five safest carriers. The safest budget carriers include airlines like Aer Lingus, JetBlue and Virgin America.
As safe as air travel is, commercial airline accidents do occur sometimes. When that happens, it’s a good idea to contact an attorney. An experienced lawyer may understand how FAA investigations work. They might also be able to help injured individuals, or the survivors of victims, receive the damages they’re entitled to.