Thursday, Apr 18, 2024

Flying is getting scary

But is it still safe?
Concerns about air safety have increased due to recent alarming incidents on airplanes, yet flying remains one of the safest modes of transportation, considerably safer than car travel.

Recent events include a door plug being blown out of an Alaska Airlines Boeing 737 Max, resulting in no serious injuries, and another Boeing jet's severe plunge that hospitalized dozens.

More tragic was a collision at a Tokyo airport between a passenger and a military plane, resulting in five fatalities. Moreover, minor incidents have also drawn significant attention, emphasizing potential safety risks.

Despite these incidents, experts like Anthony Brickhouse, an aviation safety professor, assert that air travel, particularly upon commercial flights in the United States, offers a remarkable safety record.

Since 2009, only five fatalities have occurred on scheduled commercial flights, starkly contrasting the daily road traffic fatalities. However, "on-demand" air services like private jets and general aviation, usually involving smaller, amateur-piloted planes, report higher fatality rates.

The aviation industry's near-perfect safety record in the U.S. is partly attributed to rigorous efforts by aviation authorities and manufacturers, despite criticism.

Some recent incidents underscore a reliance on luck for avoiding disasters, such as an Alaska Air flight that operated without crucial door plug bolts for over two months, risking catastrophic outcomes.

Recent runway near-misses have also highlighted potential risks, underscoring the need for continued vigilance and improvement in aviation safety standards.

Despite criticisms, including concerns over Boeing's quality controls, experts like Brickhouse believe current safety measures are robust, though they acknowledge the necessity of addressing any trends in narrowly avoided accidents to prevent future disasters.

The overall consensus among aviation experts is a cautious optimism in the system's safety, coupled with a call for continuous improvement to maintain and enhance safety standards, aiming to prevent overconfidence from undermining the achievements in aviation safety.
Translated by AI

Doug 24 days ago
There is a old saying.if Harley Davidson made a airplane would you fly in it ? That saying is creeping towards Boeing now


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