How Dangerous is Flying?

According the National Safety Council the lifetime odds of dying in a motor vehicle accident are 1 in 102 compared to 1 in 205,552 for dying as a passenger on an aircraft. We’re about 4 times as likely to die from a bee sting as from an airplane crash. [1]

In the 20 years between 1997 and 2016 there were 774,723 motor vehicle deaths in the United States. [2] During the same period there were 786 commercial aviation fatalities. [3]

The question isn’t why are some people afraid of flying, but why aren’t we all terrified of driving.


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