14 February 2009

Is Flying Safe?

Surfing the internet, looking at the news today, I came across an article entitled: "Is Flying Safe?"

It immediately caught my attention because I'm one of those people who more than hates flying - I'm actually terrified. That's one of the reasons I know that serving on the mission field is totally God working in my life... I COULDN'T get on a plane in my own strength... but it is a necessity in actually getting to the location where God has placed us.

Voici~ a short quote from the article:

According to the National Transportation Safety Bureau, which investigates air crashes, U.S. air carriers transported an estimated 770 million passengers in 2007, with a total of 44 fatalities in 62 air carrier accidents. In contrast, more than 44,000 people died in vehicle accidents in the United States in 2007.

The leading causes of death in the United States don't have anything to do with what type of transportation you take, but with your health. The leading cause of death is heart disease, followed closely by cancer.

The lifetime odds of dying of heart disease are 1-in-5 (based on 2001 statistics), while those of dying in an auto accident are 1-in-100. The odds of dying in an air travel accident are 1-in-20,000.

When I shared this with Tim, his response was: "Well, I guess that puts things into perspective."

So why doesn't it make me feel any better?


  1. I guess you COULD take a boat, but I'm sure you'd have trouble finding a passenger ship...and then you'd have seasickness to deal with.

  2. Jenny - you have no clue how many times I've tried to figure out how we could go on that good 'ole slow boat... give me seasickness over the clausterphobia any day!

    PS ...I think!


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