As plane crash fatalities in 2014 are already double of those in 2013, more and more people are wondering if airplanes are even safe.
The recent accidents of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, TransAsia Airways Flight GE 222, and Air Algerie planes have led to international worries. Yet, though the recent crashes have made people pessimistic about air travel, studies show that airplanes are still effective means for travelling.
Though the deaths caused by airplane crashes have increased this year, the big pictures shows the number is still relatively low compared to the number of crashes in 1972 and 1985. According to the Aviation Safety Network, “…the numbers of yearly aviation deaths and major plane crashes worldwide have been dropping for decades.”
“A lot of my family, friends, and neighbors were shocked by what happened in Taiwan just weeks ago,” Kaylen Wittrey, a traveller who was at Taiwan during the week of the July 24 TransAsia crash that killed 48 and injured 10, stated in an interview with JSR.
“But I don’t think people should just stop travelling in airplanes,” she continued. “Instead, we should see it as a bad week for the airplanes and provide the impacted families comfort.”
However, not all citizens share this perspective. Julienne Chen, another traveller who was in Taiwan during the unfortunate week, commented that she was very worried about her flight back.