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Q: amount of major airlines flights daily and fatalities ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   2 Comments )
Subject: amount of major airlines flights daily and fatalities
Category: Miscellaneous
Asked by: frequentflyer1-ga
List Price: $5.00
Posted: 01 Nov 2006 14:13 PST
Expires: 01 Dec 2006 14:13 PST
Question ID: 779212
My wife is afraid of flying, and I am trying to convince her that the
news stories she hears of crashes are miniscule compared to the number
of flights each day. My question is, what is the number of larger
passenger plane (i.e. not a 2 or 4 seater Cessna type plane)flights
that occur around the world on a daily basis, and the average number
of fatal accidents that occur annually because of plane crashes?

Thanks in advance
Subject: Re: amount of major airlines flights daily and fatalities
Answered By: keystroke-ga on 15 Nov 2006 11:16 PST
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hello frequentflyer1,

Thank you for your question, and I hope you can convince your wife to
travel with you!  Here is some information that might help convince
her of the safety of airlines.

BBC News--

"In 1979 there were three fatal accidents per million flights,
compared with one fatal accident per two million flights by last year
[2004], according to International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO)

Boeing-- How Safe is Flying?

"In 2000, the world's commercial jet airlines carried approximately
1.09 billion people on 18 million flights, while suffering only 20
fatal accidents."

"The number of U.S. highway deaths in a typical six-month period --
about 21,000 -- roughly equals all commercial jet fatalities worldwide
since the dawn of jet aviation four decades ago. In fact, fewer people
have died in commercial airplane accidents in America over the past 60
years than are killed in U.S. auto accidents in a typical three-month

U.S. traffic accident fatalities in 2000 -- 41,800

Commercial airplane fatalities in 2000 -- 878"

Fear of Flying Research

"According to Aviation Safety Review, 706 million passengers flew 7.15
million flights worldwide during the ten year period 1990 through 1999
on airliners registered in the United Kingdom without a single

"In terms of time, at 55 MPH, 11 minutes 47 seconds of driving equals
the risk of taking a flight. Since the average airline trip is 694
miles and takes about an hour and a half, 11 minutes 47 seconds of
driving has the same risk of fatality as the average airline flight.
But it also means that 11 minutes 47 seconds of driving equals flying
eight hours to Europe or flying fourteen hours to the Orient.

Don't forget that these stats involve rural Interstate driving. If
flying were compared with driving on urban or suburban roads and
streets, a trip of just one to two miles would be equal in risk to one
flight. This means the risk you face every two to four minutes of
non-interstate driving equals the risk of one flight."

"Another view compares the average airline trip (694 miles) with
driving the same distance. For a trip of 694 miles, driving is 65
times more risky."

"Let's consider a trip from New York to Los Angeles: it is 261 times
safer to fly than to drive the 2821 miles.

"Notice that these figures INCLUDE the fatalities of the passengers on
the hijacked 9/11 flights. What if terrorism increases? How much would
terrorist have to increase for flying to become as risky as driving?
Sivak and Flannagan figure disastrous airline incidents on the scale
of those of September 11th would have to occur 120 times over a10-year
period, or about once a month for flying to become as risky as rural
interstate driving."

I believe you're also looking for the types of statistics on this
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign physics page:

UIUC Physics

"In 1998, for example, there were 14 million commercial airline
flights carrying 615 million passengers. There were zero crashes and
zero fatalities. In 1999 and 2000 there were less than five in each

In a Forbes online article, Boeing, said that it is 22 times safer to
fly than it is to drive on a per-mile basis. Fewer people have died in
commercial airplane accidents over the past 60 years than are killed
in U.S. auto accidents over a typical three-month period.

Boeing also says the following: The risk of being involved in a
commercial jet aircraft accident where there are multiple fatalities
is approximately one in three million. To put this in perspective,
you?d have to fly once every day for more than 8,200 years to
accumulate three million flights."

Search terms:
air travel million flights fatalities
safety of flying

If you need any additional clarification, let me know and I'll be glad
to assist you.

frequentflyer1-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars
Sorry, I just now realized there was a response (never got an email
notification). Great information, thanks!!

Subject: Re: amount of major airlines flights daily and fatalities
From: czh-ga on 01 Nov 2006 14:37 PST
Here's an interesting discussion on how to compare the risks of flying vs. driving.
Which is safest? Air or ground?
Subject: Re: amount of major airlines flights daily and fatalities
From: robotguy-ga on 02 Nov 2006 20:44 PST
This link covers air traffic fatalities around the world for 1986 to
2004.  A bit of division and I think you're there:

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