Plane Crash Facts


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Across all commercial airlines, accidents occur at a rate of one per 1.2million flights.


40% of people experience some level of anxiety about flying.


The odds that the average American will die in a plane crash is just one in 11 million, whereas the odds for the average American dying in a car crash are around one in 5000.


In the US alone, there are around 7000 aircraft in the air at any given time.


Even if you are involved in a plane crash, the chances are you will survive - 95.7% of people involved in one do. Even in the most serious class of crashes, more than 76% of those on board live to tell the tale.


At least 101 airlines, including Easyjet, Monarch, Ryanair and Virgin Atlantic, have never been involved in an accident that resulted in passenger fatalities (figure from 2009).


Around half of all plane crashes happen as the craft comes in to land - 4% during the descent, 10% during the initial approach, 11% during the final approach and 25% during the actual landing.


In 2011 the number of accidents globally involving aircraft dropped to 2.4 incidents for every million departures, down from 2.6 per million in 2010.


Worldwide, there were 373 fatalities on 18 scheduled passenger flights in 2011 - with over 30 million commercial flights operated that year.


There are 280,000 British Airways flights each year, carrying 32 million passengers. There has only been one fatal accident involving a BA-branded plane since the company was founded in 1974 - a mid-air collision over Croatia in 1976.


There are 2.5 billion air passengers globally every year (latest figure from 2009), and that figure is expected to rise to 3.3 billion by 2014.


The world's deadliest accident involving aircraft didn't happen in the air but on the ground. Two 747s, one owned by KLM and the other by Pan Am, collided on the runway at Los Rodeos Airport in Tenerife in 1977. Five hundred and eighty three people died, while 61 survived - all of them on the Pan Am plane.

The Plane Crash synopsis

An international team of scientists, experts and elite pilots deliberately crash land a 170-seat Boeing 727 passenger jet to study the mechanics of a plane crash in real time

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