Sdate747 From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 272 posts, RR: 0 Posted (14 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 1531 times:
k - I understand probability and I know that air travel is very safe but I can't help but notice the number of plane crashes in the past week.
First the crash in the Bahamas,
then the Transat near miss
then the firefighters' mid air collision,
then the small plane that crashed landed in a cemetary ( has a creepy sense to it)
and now the crash in spain.
Agreed - they were all small planes, prop more than not - and yes - Air Transat pilots did a VERY VERY good job saving the situation - but still it was a pretty spankin' new A330 ... I mean come on here!?!
So - what's going on? (this question obviously has no definite right/wrong answer, if you could produce such an answer you should be rolling dice in vegas and not posting on this board cause you're probably a master of random probability )
David_itl From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 7734 posts, RR: 13
Reply 3, posted (14 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 1417 times:
To make you feel better, please bear in mind that in Britain it seems we are indifferent to having over 3,000 people dying on the road each year but should a plane crash anywhere in the world, then that is news!!
Boeing nut From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (14 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 1389 times:
I couldn't have said it better myself!!!!!
In the US, we have, on average, more poeple dying each year in auto accidents than the the TOTAL number of US military deaths during the Vietnam war.
But if four or five people are killed in a plane crash, it makes national news. I don't get it. Are the families of the auto accident victims that insignificant? It all boils down to sesationalism, and the media absolutely is to blame. They throw gasoline on these stories.
Zrb2 From United States of America, joined May 2000, 903 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (14 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day ago) and read 1341 times:
You can list lot's of analogies about auto deaths vs. plane deaths but the one that hits home with me is that the number of people in the United States who die in auto accidents each year is equivalent to a fully loaded 737-200 crashing every day...365 days a year, with no survivors.
I guess if you add all the auto deaths in the world each year it would probably be closer to a couple fully loaded 747's crashing each day. Very sickening.