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Facts about airplane crashes and survivability rates

On Behalf of | May 19, 2021 | Commercial Airline Accidents

There is a large amount of people that are terrified of going on an airplane because they fear that they will end up in a plane crash. Even though this is a common fear, many people don’t realize that traveling by airplane is one of the safest methods of travel. Here are some facts about airplane crashes and some reasons why you shouldn’t be afraid.

The facts

The chances that you end up in a plane crash is one in 11 million. The chances of you dying in a plane crash are even more unlikely, as over 95% of people that end up in plane crashes survive.

Reasons to not be afraid

As I stated previously, traveling by airplane is one of the safest modes of transportation. It is safer to fly in an airplane than it is to take the bus, ride a train, drive a car, go on a boat or ride a motorcycle.

The chances of you dying in a car crash is over a hundred times higher than the chase of you dying in a plane crash. It is also more likely that you will get struck by lightning or killed by a shark than end up in a plane crash. Understanding that the chances of you ending up in a plane crash is extremely low should help you calm your nerves the next time you need to hop on a plane.

Even though the commercial airline accident survivability rate is extremely high, there are ways that you can increase the chances that you will be one of the survivors. Airplanes usually go through a pre-flight safety presentation that details what you should do in case of an emergency. Make sure to pay close attention to the presentation, so you know what to do.

Bracing for impact will also increase your chances of surviving. Even though you likely won’t end up in a crash, it’s always better to be prepared.