Airline Ratings - Common facts
Back to did you know

Did You Know?



How safe is flying?

In a word it is incredibly safe to fly, particularly if you stay with airlines with excellent records. There are many surveys that give you the odds but possibly none better than The Flying Book by David Blatner.

  • Amazing facts

Mr Blatner’s book reveals that more people die in the USA in six months in cars than in all aircraft in the last 100 years!

He then twists that number and says that if flying was as safe as driving there would be an aircraft crash every day killing 120 passengers!

In one year (1998) in the USA, 2.5 million Americans died. The number was made up of 700,000 from heart disease, 500,000 from cancer and 50,000 from medical mistakes in hospitals. Car crashes accounted for 20,000 while not one person died in a crash of a US-based airline.