Approximately 100,000 flights take off and land every day across the world. If you’re struggling to visualize this implausible volume of daily air traffic, checkout this photo below. The 30th of June 2018 was the busiest day of the year in the skies so far and the busiest day ever according to flightradar24. 202,157 flights were tracked that day only.
Flying is Safe
Flying is officially the safest way to travel, one in ten of us has a fear of flying, and it’s not the flying that’s the problem but the prospect of plunging to our deaths. In fact, you’re probably safer in a plane than you are in a car or any other means of transportation.
According to a Harvard University study, the odds that your airplane will crash are 1 in 1.2 million, and the odds of dying from a crash are 1 in 11 million. (By comparison, the odds of dying from a shark attack are 1 in 3.1 million.) Transportation by air is far safer than driving, where your chances of dying in a car accident are 1 in 5,000.
While it depends on the type of accident, according to the Aviation Safety Network, of the 163 aviation accidents in 2016, only 15 percent resulted in a fatality. In addition, a study conducted by the National Transportation Safety Board that looked at data from 1983 to 2000 showed that more than 80 percent of aviation accident victims survived the crash.
Seat at the Back of the Plane
You can increase your chances of survival during a crash when you seat at the back of a plane. There are several factors involved, including where the impact is, a study by Popular Mechanics in 2007 found that passengers near the tail of a plane were roughly 40 percent more likely to survive a crash than those in the front, based on accident data from every commercial air crash since 1971. Additionally, since most crashes occur during takeoff and landing, taking nonstop flights technically reduces your chances of a crash.
Has an airplane ever crashed because a Mobile Phone wasn’t on airplane mode?
There’s no evidence that interference from a cellphone signal has ever brought an airplane down. In addition, a study done by the F.A.A. in 2012 found that “civil aviation authorities reported no confirmed occurrences of cellphones affecting flight safety on aircraft with onboard cellular telephone base stations.” When you are at an altitude of 10,000 feet, your cellphone signal bounces off several towers and sends out a stronger signal. This could congest networks on the ground. Also, interference causes an unpleasant sound for air traffic controllers who are trying to communicate with the pilots
Turbulence is the leading cause of injury during airline flights.
While turbulence-related injuries are rare, they are still the leading cause of in-flight injuries. There were 44 turbulence-related injuries in 2016, Over the past 15 years, the most painful year was 2009, when there were 103 injuries because of turbulence. Keeping your seatbelt buckled can go a long way in protecting you from potential harm. Unfortunately, some injuries caused by turbulence can be serious, and in rare cases, even deadly. But the odds are very much in your favor, so keep your seatbelt on.