How Safe Is Air Travel

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How do you tell your three-year old daughter that there was an accident with daddy’s plane and he’s not coming home? (Hyland). This is very heartbreaking to think about and many of us wonder if airplanes actually are the safest way to travel. “When you board a plane, you put your fate in the hands of sophisticated aviation technology that is designed to prevent pilots from inadvertently putting their aircraft in danger.”(Hyland). This fear of being in danger can really have an effect on passengers, especially daily business travelers. Nobody wants to feel worried every time they get on an airplane. Although there have been many air disasters around the world, air travel is still the safest mode of transportation. How in the world are you supposed to survive a plane that is crashing? “In a car that’s about to crash, you can grab the steering wheel. If a boat sinks, you can jump overboard. If a train or bus crashes, you can, smash a window and escape. But what do you do if a plane is going down when you’re sitting thousands and thousands of feet above the ground?”(Hyland). Of course you can jump out of the emergency exit door, but who knows where you will end up next. Many people think that the ones who sit at the rear of the plane have the best chances of surviving a crash. Other people say its best to sit in the emergency exit row for the quickest escape. “Airplanes can fly safely to their destination if one engine fails.”(How safe is flying). It’s when both engine fails, then you should worry. “It was a bomb, it was a terrorist attack, It was pilot error or pilot suicide, there must have been a mechanical failure, maybe the plane somehow depressurised, starving all of its passengers and crew of oxygen.” (Hyland). One of ... ... middle of paper ..., Patrick. "How A Tiny Island Runway Became The Site Of The Deadliest Plane Crash Ever." Business Insider. Business Insider, Inc, 27 Mar. 2014. Web. 14 Apr. 2014. Staff. "9/11 Attacks." A&E Television Networks, 2010. Web. 13 Apr. 2014. Reinhold, Robert. "Aboard Flight 811: Passengers' Routine Dissolves Into Terror." The New York Times. The New York Times, 25 Feb. 1989. Web. 15 Apr. 2014. "How Safe Is Flying." Go Getter Jet Setter. N.p., n.d. Web. 15 Apr. 2014. "5 Most Common Causes of Plane Crashes." R & B Law. N.p., n.d. Web. 14 Apr. 2014. Belfiore, Michael. "The Truth About Airplane Turbulence." Popular Mechanics. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Apr. 2014. Ripley, Amanda. "How to Escape Down an Airplane Slide." Time. Time Inc., 23 Jan. 2008. Web. 17 Apr. 2014. "What Is an Air Traffic Controller?" NATCA. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Apr. 2014.
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