Scientists finding such statistics think it's useful for further research into our lifestyles. We all know smoking,drinking and drug usage will shorten our lives but knowledge and information gleaned, however little, steps us further to fighting diseases.
Yes. Overall, there are far more people in the air every day than ever before, but the number of air accident deaths has fallen considerably.
If you fly with one of the major world airlines, your chances of dying in an air accident are around 1 in 19 million. It's the safest form of transport by a very long way. Statistics show that the risk of being killed in a car is 100 times greater, and over 3000 times greater if you ride a motorbike.
The reason aircraft accidents get a disproportionate amount of publicity is their dramatic nature - planes falling from the sky generally result in lots of deaths.
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