Flying Safety Statistics

Many people have a deeply ingrained fear of flying. No matter how they came to develop this phobia, what many of them share in common is a preoccupation with plane crashes, airplane safety, and the risk of death or injury. However, the best weapon against fear is knowledge. With that in mind, here are some statistics that may help people who are nervous about getting on a flight.

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Flight Industry Safety Statistics

Pilots, airplane technicians and flight traffic controllers are all highly educated and possess a large amount of specialist knowledge. Pilots face a rigorous training program in order to achieve nationally recognized certification. They must also earn thousands of flight hours before they can even begin flying commercial planes. They must also go through regular training and re-certification throughout their careers. Essentially, every person who is involved with flying a plane is very, very good at their job. In addition, backup systems in every plane provide for safety during emergencies that would have been fatal just decades ago.

According to statistics provided by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), there are 30,000 flights a day within the US alone. The fact that we can only recall two or three major accidents a year is a testament to the airline industry’s dedication to safety.

Are Airplanes Really Safe?

In comparison to other modes of transportation, traveling by plane is exponentially safer. Thanks to the stringent standards promoted in the United States and Europe, people are far less likely to be injured or die in an airplane accident than they are on the roads. In 2012, there were zero fatalities for major U.S. air carriers. Between 2008 and 2010, there were 0.54 passenger fatalities per 100 million passengers miles in cars and lighter road vehicles, as opposed to 0.003 fatalities per 100 million passenger miles on airplanes. Essentially, you’re far more likely to die in a road accident than you are in a plane crash.

How Many People are Afraid of Flying?

Many people who suffer from a fear of flying believe that they are the only person in their social group who feels that way. If you think that you are the only one, think again! Research has shown that one in three Americans is afraid of flying to some degree. In addition, most people who are afraid of flying realize that flying is not necessarily unsafe, but they avoid flying because of the negative emotional response that it provokes.

Education is Your Ally

When it comes to working through a fear of flying, knowledge and education will be your biggest resource. If you find yourself feeling panicked before you step on a plane, remind yourself of these statistics and remember that flying is one of the safest ways to travel. Don’t let disaster reporting put you off from enjoying a safe and fast way to get to where you need to go.


Article from the Independent about fear of flying statistics
Fear of Flying Research from SOAR
US Air Safety Records
FAA data statistics
Bureau of Labor Statistics Page on Becoming an Airline Pilot



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