New Revelation Shows The Real Dangers Of Flying

Flying DangersPassengers believe that airlines have their best interests in mind when they board a flight. However, this is not always the case. Each year, countless people are injured or die in airline accidents across the globe. Since the rise of commercial flights in the 1930s, an average of 1,500 will die while up to 5,000 will be injured.

The majority of airline accidents have become so common they rarely hit the front page of the newspaper or the evening news. In fact, the vast majority of airline accidents are never reported to the general public anymore. With so little attention on the safety of flights, many travelers board a fight under the impression that it is crash proof.

While many fear the actual process of flying, statistics have shown that 94% of plane accidents occur during take-off and landing. These accidents amount to 88% of fatalities. Another 4% of accidents occur while the plane is in cruising mode and accounts for 12% of all flight fatalities. These figures have been provided by the ‘Statistical Summary of Commercial Jet Airplane Accidents, Boeing‘.

However, it has been recently reported that an astonishing 60% of all airline fatalities are due to pilot and flight crew error. These figures account for only regular commercial airline flights, not private planes and military grade.

For the past 95 years, the number of airline crashes has remained at a steady pace. Throughout this time, the percentage of deaths and accidents have remained average. Despite all of the technological advances, the number of fatalities and accidents per hundred flights has not wavered.

The question that needs to be asked is what is the likelihood of being involved in a plane crash? The OAGback Aviation Solutions & Plane Crash Info accident database, 1988 – 2007 reports the following:

The chances of an individual being on a flight with at least one fatality is 1 in 3.3 million. This number assumes that one is traveling on a variety of airlines with varying degrees of safety records. According to these studies an estimated 1 in 4 of these accidents will leave a large number of individuals with injuries. many times these injuries are life-long and effect the overall quality of life.

There is always a general comparison that you are more likely to die in an automobile accident than from a plane crash. However, these claims are often unfounded as the statistics will differ per country. For example, in the United States there is an average of 6 million car accidents that produce 40,000 fatalities a year.

If one was to compare the actual number of journeys as opposed to miles traveled, the average person is 12 times more likely to be involved in a fatal aircraft accident as opposed to a fatal car accident. Despite that general statement, air traffic is much more dangerous than automobile travel.

It is important for the airline traveler to know what they have to do in an emergency situation. There are steps that can be researched that will help to protect the average person in the event of an airline crash. Knowing these precautions have the potential to protect from injuries and quite possibly save a human life.

Is A Private Plane More Dangerous Than A Commercial Aircraft?

Private JetEven after more than 100 years of flying, airplanes still fascinate people young and old. Most people fly en masse on commercial airplanes. A much smaller group of people are able to afford the luxury of a private plane. If you are among the fortunate few who can afford to get on private planes, know that they are actually considerably more dangerous than taking to the skies on a commercial jet.

In 2005, for instance, there were 1,670 aviation accidents, with 563 people dying in that same year from airplane crashes. It turns out that experience matters a lot. Pilots who have less than 100 hours of flying experience account for 45% of deadly airplane crashes.

If you or a loved one are ever involved in any type of aviation disaster, one of the first steps to take is to contact an experienced aviation lawyer, who will be able to assist you in obtaining just compensation for injury, loss of life, and property damages.

Personnel are the number one reason for crashes. They accounted for 91% of aviation accidents in 2005. Only 39% were from environmental reasons and only 25%, by comparison, from the airplane itself. Another 11% of problems are seen in improperly using airplane equipment.

Personnel related crashes include aggressive maneuvering, such as taking tight u-turns, and aerobatics. Losing handling, failing to obey flight instruction, and poor decision-making all make a private flight more dangerous at the hands of risk-taking inexperienced pilots.

Flying any plane overhead is dangerous. It is risky to fly at over 100 miles per hour thousands of feet up in the sky. For the less experienced pilot making good decisions and maneuvering the plane safely are all keys to staying safe even in the face of danger.

It is a risky proposition for fliers who have to rely upon the pilots of private jets to get them safely from one place to the next. It can be difficult to maintain safety if the pilot is not experienced or careful enough who is teaching other pilots too.

Averting Disastrous Crashes And Injuries

The most important things to keep in mind are what you can control. You may not be able to make the sun come out, and make precipitation go away, but you can check the weather and respond accordingly to weather reports.

Always check and double-check your equipment and the course before setting out into the air. Always follow your gut too. If you feel that the aircraft is not flight worthy, do not take to the skies in an airplane.

The control tower is another information resource who will guide you and give you instructions to help ensure your safety. The control tower may provide insight on readings on navigational instruments, and guidance in how to handle a problem to maintain safe airways for other airplanes as well. You can also consult the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) website.

If something occurs during the course of a flight make sure you communicate that to both the crew and the control tower to land the airplane safely and as soon as possible. For passengers, it may take all of your strength, but it is vitally important you stay calm and follow the instructions you are given. It might just save your life and the lives of the people on the plane with you.

Five Worst Plane Crashes In History

Perhaps the most commonly used and most amazing form of travel is the airplane. Just a century ago it wasn’t even considered. Today, we have a variety of flying machinery to get you from point A to point B in record time. From Helicopters to airplanes, from gliders to float planes, no matter how you look at it, it’s a form of flying. While convenient and fast, it is also unreliable and not quite as safe as other means of transportation. Consider float planes for example, it requires good weather to fly these and you’ll have to consider the float rating as well as the water conditions to determine if it’s suitable to fly or not.

Nearly every form of flight has a safety rating to ensure that you’re safe when you fly. Yet, disasters remain unpredictable. Typically, plane crashes are for commercial planes that are carrying more than three hundred persons from point A to point B on a daily basis. These machines travel at a high rate of speed and often the fatality rate is much higher than that of other means of transportation via land or sea. There are a variety of reasons for this rate of danger. It may be a mechanical reason or it may be due to human negligence. However, in spite of such numbers, the amount of people and air traffic is consistently on the rise. Let’s take a look at the five worst plane crashes in history of flight.

On March 27, 1977, the world went into shock as they heard the report of the absolute worst air catastrophe in the history of aviation. The news headlines: A KLM Boeing 747 along with a Pan AM Boeing plane, had a head on collision over the Canary Island Runway. A total of 583 persons were killed in the wreck. The cause: Fog and a distorted radio transmission.

Video below reports the 8 worst plane crashes of all-time…

August 12, 1985 sent the world reeling once again as 520 passengers from a Japanese Airlines 747 were killed. The cause: A faulty repair caused the plane to crash into Mount Fuji. While the airlines itself accepted the full responsibility for the wreck, the president quickly resigned from the company and the company supervisor committed suicide.

On November 12, 1996, another mid air crash occurred when a cargo plane originating from Kazakhstan collided with a Saudia 747 near Delhi. Everyone on board was killed. The cause: Disobedient crew members.

August 1980 delivered yet another air tragedy due to human error. A Saudia L 1011 that was returning from Karachi to Riyadh had 301 people on board. A fire broke out after departure. The plane remained at the runway with engines running waiting for rescue teams to open the doors. A flash fire in the cabin killed everyone inside.

On March 3, 1947, a world crash was also recorded from Turkish Airlines. Here a DC 10 crashed in woods near Orly. The cause: A fatal flaw in the cargo door that ultimately burst and caused the plane to go out of control. Everyone, all 356 passengers as well as the crew, were killed.

Keep Yourself Safe and Protected While Riding in an Airplane

Airline Safety CardYou may have gotten on a number of planes while traveling in the past, but that does not mean you do not need to know about plane safety. If you are riding on a float-plane, make sure to choose a pilot who has years of experience and an awesome record. You can easily check the float rating that is featured on the certificate of all pilots to determine who would be the right one to fly the float-plane that you plan to ride in. These are a few additional tips to remember and utilize whenever you are planning to hop onto a plane:

  • Avoid connected flights as much as you can. When crashes occur, they often happen when the plane is taking off, landing or even attempting to reach a certain point in the air. If you can avoid having to take off and land multiple times in one day, you may have a better chance of avoiding a crash too.
  • Try to travel on planes that are larger and have a few more passengers. There have been a lot of tests performed on the planes, and they are often monitored a bit better. Smaller planes are more likely to become completely destroyed during a crash whereas a larger one may not break into complete pieces due to its size.
  • Listen to what the operator has to say before the take off happens. It may seem like basic instructions, but it is important to know all of the information provided to you by the operator because then you will know what to do if an emergency occurs.
  • Avoid placing your heavy bags in the storage areas that are located directly above the seats. If a crash were to occur, you would not want heavy and large luggage to start flying all around.
  • Always keep your seat-belt on. It may seem like common knowledge, but some people take them off. You do not want to fall right out of your seat if the plan suddenly starts shaking or moving a bit faster than expected.
  • Do not drink too many alcoholic beverages. It is even easier to become intoxicated when you are so high in the sky. You need to be aware of your surroundings.
  • Let the attendants pour any of the beverages for you. They know how to do this without causing a spill, even if the flight you are on is moving quite a bit.
  • Avoid the congestion by going to some of the smaller airports. It is an easy way to get the right flight on time instead of dealing with a major delay.
  • Choose a seat that is closest to the emergency exit as possible. You may not always be able to choose your seat, so make sure you at least know where the exit is after you get on your flight.
  • Always remain as calm as possible. It is normal for you to worry a bit, but do not let that ruin your trip. Simply think about how exciting it will be for you to arrive at your destination. Watch a movie that you like or listen to some music if it helps you relax a bit more.

Plane Crash In Florida – Hidden For 47 Years

Apalachicola National ForestThere is an area in Florida that is so remote that for 47 years the wreckage from a crashed Army plane went undiscovered.

The remote area is the Apalachicola National Forest. With its 560,000 acres, it is the largest national forest in Florida. One of the forest’s major claims to fame is that the largest population in the world of red-cockaded woodpeckers live there. There are also alligators, bears and a whole multitude of other animals that one would expect to be living in a remote forest.

For outdoor loving Floridians, it is also a weekend home away from home. Located in the Big Bend area a couple of miles southwest of Tallahassee, the forest has two rivers running through it- the Sopchoppy and Ochlockonee- that are part of the national recreational trails system.

On the western flank of the forest is the 31-mile long Apalachee Savannahs Scenic Byway, which offers motorists stunning scenic views.  Getting lost is easy when you are on foot in the two wilderness areas: New River/Mud Swamp (8,000 acres) and Bradwell Bay (24,000 acres). Bradwell Bay is full of muddy swamps and is considered to be on the hardest hikes in all of the U.S.

For those who are less adventurous, there are many campgrounds in the forest that offer everything from parking for your RV camper to cleared ares for pitching tents. There is great fishing there as well. The rivers offer 35 boat landings and launches.

It is thought that the forest is 12,000 years. However, it wasn’t until 1936 that it became a national forest. Over the past 30 years, forest archaeologists have discovered evidence of various occupants of the land that date from prehistoric times up to around 50 years ago. They include trash piles, bridges, trams, historic roadways, sawdust piles, towns, resorts, sawmills, cattle dip troughs, cemeteries, fire towers, logging camps, turpentine, homesites and campsites.

And also one airplane crash.

The Apalachicola National Forest during World War II was used by the Army Air Corps as a training ground. On March 29, 1943, the plane flown by Everett R. Edwards went missing in the forest.

It wasn’t until 1990 that the wreckage of the plane was found. It was discovered in Cow Swamp’s southeast side which is north of Crawfordville. The day of the crash, Edwards died in the forest, although it is thought that he was ejected out of the plane.

After the wreckage was discovered, students from Florida State University and forest archaeologists attempted to learn more about the crash. They found a plate that showed the serial number of the plane. This led to them searching the historical records of the plane.

Here is what they discovered:

On a prior training mission, the plane had crashed and been destroyed. However, during the war, in order to get parts for planes, mechanics were forced to used parts off of another commissioned plane.  So the serial number off of the crashed plane was used for ordering enough parts in order to construct a new plane- which was the plane Edwards was flying when it crashed inside the Apalachicola National Forest.

It remains a mystery what went wrong, and it is a secret that will never be revealed by the forest.

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