Every year after Labor Day and Memorial Day, they announce the “Death Toll” on American highways as a result of the
When it comes to air travel, things are a bit different, though I’m not sure why. Even though we’ve had 19 major aircraft accidents this year, the number of deaths remains a microscopic percentage of the overall number of people who fly. In fact, the number of airline related fatalities has DECLINED by 83% over the last ten years.
According to the Flight Safety Foundation, there have been 11 major accidents involving commercial jets so far in 2009. That’s the third increase in as many years, sparking concern among safety experts. However,
Technology has played a significant role. The advent of modern GPS systems has eliminated mid-air collisions and collisions with land based objects (mountains, etc). Modern jet engines still only have one moving part and they’re so well maintained that perfectly air-worthy planes are being grounded due only to the FAA regulation book’s rules about the age of their frames.
I’m more than willing to hop into a plane for my travel, holiday or otherwise. Name the time and place!
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