The Safer Skies
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The paper discusses how although a plane crash must be infinitely more horrifying than a car crash, almost two hundred times as many people as were killed in one of the largest aircraft accidents in recent decades are killed by vehicle accidents. The paper goes on to explain that pilots are well trained and perform their jobs under heavy scrutiny, while drivers can be tired, drunk, distracted or simply inept, with much greater room for the occurrence of human error, which is the leading cause of all vehicle accidents. The paper provides some statistics to illustrate that more risk is involved in taking even a short trip in an automobile than in the longest of plane rides.
From the Paper:"A plane crash, presumably to those involved in one as well as to those who witness one, must be infinitely more horrifying than a car crash. The sheer mass of the colliding objects is so much greater than that of the automobiles that are such a commonplace item in our daily lives, the number of people involved is also greater, and the added dimension of falling all contribute to this greater terror. Yet every year, approximately forty-three thousand people die in traffic fatalities in the United States alone--almost two hundred times as many people as were killed in the recent Air France crash in the Atlantic, which is itself one of the largest aircraft accidents in recent decades (Car Accidents.com; Aerospace Technology.com). Pilots are well trained and perform their jobs under heavy scrutiny. Drivers, on the other hand, can be almost anyone in almost any condition--tired, drunk, distracted, or simply inept--leaving much greater room for the occurrence of human error, which is the leading cause of all vehicle accidents (Plane Crash Info.com).
"The comparison between safety in automobiles and airplanes is often made in an attempt to dispel fears of flying. To make it even more clear how much more risk is involved in taking even a short trip in an automobile than in the longest of plane rides, an examination of some simple daily statistics is in order."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Aerospace Technology.com. "Behind Air France's Fatal Flight." Accessed 21 July 2009. http://www.aerospace-technology.com/features/feature56647/
- Car Accidents.com. "Fatal Car Accidents." Accessed 21 July 2009. http://www.car-accidents.com/pages/fatal-accident-statistics.html
- National Transportation Safety Board. Accessed 21 July 2009. http://www.ntsb.gov/
- Plane Crash Info.com "Statistics." Accessed 21 July 2009. http://www.planecrashinfo.com/cause.htm
- Research and Innovation Technology Association, U.S. Dept. Transportation. "Passengers--All Carriers, All Airports." Accessed 21 July 2009. http://www.transtats.bts.gov/
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