Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Not the time to worry

Although I’ve been a fairly regular air passenger in the past, I’ve always been a nervous flyer. On my way West across the Atlantic last year I got a decent case of the jitters mid-flight (not related to my wedding two days before!), but landings have always made me a bit nervous.

Well, it looks like I’ve been worrying at the wrong time.

It appears that forty-five percent of the crashes happen on landing, but remarkably these crashes account for only 2 percent of all the fatalities. The worst crashes are those when you are climbing or cruising (14 percent of crashes, but 37 percent of fatalities).

So that should put my mind at ease.