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How likely is an aviation accident?

Common comfort provided to people afraid to fly is that the actual change of a commercial airline going down are very slim. The math puts odds in a range between one in 5.4 million and one in 11 million. The odds are higher that you'll be involved in a car accident or suffer a major health crisis, such as a heart attack.

Mechanical failure may have caused Pennsylvania plane crash

Three men are dead after a small plane taking off from a private airstrip at the Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in Farmington crashed shortly after takeoff. Reports state that after the plane took off, one of its doors malfunctioned, fell off and hit one wing of the plane. The plane then crashed into some trees, where it caught fire. Bystanders also report having heard a sound that could have indicated engine failure right before the crash. The plane was reported to have been a single-engine Beechcraft BE36 (Bonanza), a model which has been in production since 1947.

Technology doesn't eliminate pilot error

According to an article in The Wall Street Journal, "controlled flight into terrain" accidents accounted for 25% of all fatal commercial air accidents ten years ago. In 2014, however, they accounted for only 2% of all accidents and 13% of airline fatalities worldwide. "Controlled flight into terrain" refers to an accident in which a normal aircraft collides with the ground, water, a mountain or other obstacle after the pilot becomes disoriented or makes a mistake. According to the article, these accidents have become much rarer thanks to improved technology that warns pilots of an impending collision. 

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