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If lightning is the cause of the Air France plane disaster. How safe is air travel?

Asked by gem mina, 02 Jun '09 06:44 pm
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When you think of the number of aircraft flights taking off all over the world everyday incidents like this are very rare indeed. So I am still inclined to believe that air travel is safe compared to many other modes of travel. Statistically you are more likely to meet with a fatal accident crossing the road and certainly by travelling in a car. There are over 600 Airbus A330s in the skies and I will be travelling on one of them later this year and I am quite content about it.
Answered by Janis, 02 Jun '09 06:55 pm

 
  
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I recently read in a news paper that donkeys are the cause of more deaths than all accidents of plane,train and road put together! So I think 100% safety is no where to be found.
Answered by QueSera Sera, 02 Jun '09 06:49 pm

 
  
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Chief Air France spokesman Francois Brousse said the plane could have
been hit by lightning. About four hours later, the plane sent an automatic signal indicating electrical problems while going through strong turbulence.The plane \"crossed through a thunderous zone with strong turbulence\"An automatic message was received fourteen minutes later \"signaling electrical circuit malfunction.\" The air force was searching near the archipelago of Fernando de Noronha, about 300 kilometers (180 miles) northeast of the coastal city of Natal,
The was no immediate indication of what might have happened to the plane.The head of investigation and accident prevention for Brazil\'s Civil Aeronautics Agency, Douglas Ferreira Machado, told Brazil\'s Globo TV that he believes the plane must have left Brazilian waters and could have been near the coast of Africa by the time contact was lost, based on the speed it was traveling. \"It\'s going to take a long time to carry out this search,\" he said. ...more
Answered by inquisitive, 02 Jun '09 06:58 pm

 
  
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Lakhs of people are killed by automobiles. In Mumbai alone, over 8,000 people are killed by local trains. Compare that with the number of people whose death may be attributed to air travel worldwide. The answer is air travel is the safest form of travelling!
Answered by Shahryar Pax, 06 Jun '09 06:57 pm

 
  
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Its atleast safer than any other travel..lighning doesnt seem to be the reason..nowadays many airlines are using older aircrafts, it may be some human error or maintenance one..but the weather indeed was bad..something could have gone wrong, recovery of black box is likely to illuminate the matter..
Answered by spiritx, 02 Jun '09 06:51 pm

 
  
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With advances in technology, air travel is very safe but inspite of safety prevautions, it has not been possible to overpower many natural things and there is always some chance that something can go wrong somewhere, not only in air travel but in whatever we do.
In Goa, some persons die of coconuts falling on their heads. Very rare but it happens. Same way, there are always chances of something untoward happening in anything, anywhere, anytime.
Answered by Francisco, 02 Jun '09 06:48 pm

 
  
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As much as we travel on road by our two-four wheelers
Answered by Sunil Kumar, 04 Jun '09 02:30 pm

 
  
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Percentage of air accidents are very less.
One can meet accident by travelling on any other means too.
I feel air travel more safe.
Death is not in our control.
I never fear air travel.....Coz....It\'s less accident prone and very safe.
Precently I travel between my son\'s home at Seattle and daughters home at Dallas.
And will be back to India in October.
Answered by anantharaman, 04 Jun '09 03:24 am

 
  
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In fact, contrast almost all other forms of travel whether we are on road or in the air..there is very few unlucky flights that does crash.. lastly we cannot question to nature\'s nature
Answered by himanshu sharma, 03 Jun '09 12:32 am

 
  
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As much as we travel on road by our two-four wheelers
Answered by Manish Luthra, 02 Jun '09 07:06 pm

 
  
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