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Lies, Damn Lies, and Statistics

by Jon S. Strebler


According to The Aircraft Crashes Record Office (ACRO), something like 1200 people die in airplane crashes worldwide on average each year. The Bureau of Aircraft Accidents Archives, or BAAA, lists somewhat lower numbers and shows that 2014 – with its numerous high-profile air crashes – resulted in only 1320 deaths. 2015 has added to the tragedy, with 149 innocent souls and one culpable pilot to blame. Yet the statistics very clearly show that we’re much safer on a commercial airliner than, well – doing just about anything else. Over a million people die annually in car crashes, 36,000 of those in the USA. Shooting (gun) deaths are expected to top that number for the first time in the US in 2015, and of course deaths from smoking, poor eating habits and other sources dwarf both those categories.


So we really shouldn’t pay much attention to those plane crashes – ... Log in or subscribe to continue reading.

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