I’m not going to insult your intelligence by implying that accidents do not happen. We all know they do. But, when I tell you that flying is safe, I do so with confidence.
Firstly, I would like to share with you some statistics from the very informative The Flying Book: Everything You’ve Ever Wondered About Flying on Airlines;
- More people die in car crashes in the United States in SIX MONTHS than have died in all the airplane accidents WORLDWIDE in the last 100 YEARS.
- Based on statistics available 0.0000004% of airplanes crash
- If air travel was as safe as driving in a car, an aircraft carrying 120 people would crash without survivors every day of the year.
Ok. It’s very important that I remind you that I would NEVER undermine, or underestimate your fear of flying. Your scared of flying, and I desperately want to help you.
I wrote an article a few days back discussing the media’s obsession with airline incidents – and how they fuel the fire for a fearful flyer. But, unfortunately, the media only really report the stories we are interested in. The public are obsessed with any incident involving an aircraft (almost as much as we seem to be amazingly interested in the private lives of celebrities – although why anyone cares about who’s sleeping with who, and whose marriage is on the rocks I will never understand!).
Therefore, any incident will be heavily reported on the news. The unfortunate side-effect of this is that we start to believe that these incidents are a regular occurrence. But, that is not true.
The United States third largest airline operates approximately 2,660 flights PER DAY. That’s almost 1 million flights a year – and that’s just one airline, and not the largest.
The numbers are astonomical, and hard to grasp. In the first of my Free Fear of Flying Help articles, I advised you to go to the airport and watch planes take off and land. It really is hard to imagine how many flights operate without incident, but seeing is believing.
It’s a common statement made by many in the aviation industry that the most dangerous part of taking a flight is the drive to the airport. That statement is so true. When flying you are being looked after by a large number of highly trained individuals, working as a team to ensure your safety.
I hope that helps put things in perspective for you, and hope it helps you to stop being scared of flying. remember, you can contact me whenever you want. I will always answer any questions you may have.