Fear of flying

Vliegramp2018 was one of the safest years ever for commercial aviation, reports the Aviation Safety Network. In that year, a total of 15 fatal accidents with aircraft were recorded resulting in 556 fatalities. The accidents involve 12 passenger flights and 3 cargo flights.

5-year average

This is worse than the 5-year average of 14 accidents and 480 fatalities: 1 more accident and 76 more lives lost.

Even so, as to commercial aviation, 2018 is the 3rd safest year ever by the number of fatal accidents and the 9th safest in terms of fatalities.

EU blacklist

Interestingly, 3 of the 15 commercial planes (or 20%) involved in accidents in 2018 were operated by airlines that are included in the EU blacklist. The official name is the EU Air Safety List that includes all airlines banned from EU airspace.

Accident rate

The estimated worldwide air traffic comprises approximately 37,800,000 flights. This implies that 1 fatal accident occurs per 2,520,000 flights. Thus, the probability that your flight will be involved in a fatal accident is just above zero: 0.00000039. This is about the same probability that you will win the Jackpot.

car crash

Car rides are more dangerous

Quite a few people suffer from fear of flying. They may know that when they travel by car to the airport to take a flight, the car ride is statistically the most dangerous part of their journey. However, the problem is that fear is an emotional feeling, whereas rationality and statistics hardly influence emotional feelings.

The safest year in commercial aviation history is 2017 with 10 accidents and 44 lives lost.

Fatal accidents

Harro Ranter

Harro Ranter

Aviation Safety Network's CEO, Harro Ranter, reflects on the air safety statistics of 2018 by saying: "If the accident rate had remained the same as 10 years ago, there would have been 39 fatal accidents last year. At the accident rate of the year 2000, there would have been even 64 fatal accidents in 2018. This shows the enormous progress in terms of safety in the past two decades."

Related: "Is flying still safe?" and "EU blacklist safeguards your rights

Tags: fatal accidents, fear of flying, statistics

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