- U.S. airlines did not have a single fatality in 2009. It was the third time in the past four years there were no deaths, continuing a dramatic trend toward safer skies.
- Chances are 1 / 11,000,000 of being involved in an aircraft accident.
- That means you would have to fly everyday for 82,000 years
- Chances of being involved in an auto accident are 1/5000
- Most aircraft are able to glide an average of 15:1 therefore should all of the engines quit an average aircraft flying at 40,000 feet could glide approximately 113miles
- 80% of all aircraft accidents are survivable
- On average 56% of passengers involved in an aircraft accident will survive.
- The survival rate is growing due to technology incorporated into aircraft design such as energy absorbing seats.
- Approximately 58 injuries /year due to turbulence and most of those injuries are a result of people walking about or not having their seat belt fastened while seated during the flight
- The number one way that you the passenger can help prevent injuries is to check all baggage.
- Organizations such as NASA and Flight Safety International are working diligently to improve both on board and ground based systems making air travel even safer than it is today.
With over 30 years in the aviation industry, Tom Zeiser is a corporate pilot, public speaker, author of the book "Soaring Sales" and instructor of an on-line safety course called "The Passenger Safety Awareness Program.” Tom has spoken at numerous events in Canada and the United States and is featured regularly in news articles relating to the aviation industry. Tom is available for public speaking events and private training sessions.