This might sound strange to you, but in the past few years my fear of flying has increased enormously. It all started on my trip to Vietnam; we had some modest turbulence during the flight for about 2 hours, and for some reason I was sweating and shaking like a leaf, waiting for the end to come. It probably had also a lot to do with the fact that I was flying alone and I definitely didn’t want to make my hairy sweetheart and orphan. Since this has been going on a lot lately (I guess the older I get, the more alive I want to be), I have decided to get familiar with my chances to survive up in the air once for all. So I talked to a pilot and all my fears are almost gone now. Are you also afraid of flying? An interview will be published very soon and until then you can learn some really interesting facts about flying. I found them via different sources:
- 48% of fatal incidents take place when the aircraft is landing (IMO logical explanation would be that the pilots are tired and less concentrated in the end – it is like when you are driving)
- Second comes take-off, accounting for 13% of major flight accidents
- Only 11% of deadly crashes happened while the plane was cruising
- You are statically more likely to die from food poisoning (1 in 3 million), falling from a ladder (1 in 2 million) or falling out of bed (1 in 2 million), while your odds of dying in a car accident are about one in 5,000!
- At last but not the least: even if your aircraft is involved in some type of accident, there’s a good chance you’ll survive. The US National Transportation Safety Board has issued a report (rather old, but I bet that numbers only improve with constant modernization of technology) which says there is a 95% chance of surviving a commercial aircraft accident 😉
In other words, keep calm, pack up your shit and get your ass on that plane already! Or, you can check my Facebook album and can see what you are missing up in the air 😉