Do Most Passengers Perish Plane Crashes?
No. I call this the Myth of Hopelessness. Many people believe that everyone always dies in plane crashes. And there’s good reason: the greatest tragedies are ingrained in our memories. It’s terrible and true: Everyone died in the most infamous crashes. Valujet 592 in the Florida Everglades. TWA 800 in the Atlantic. Swissair 111 in Nova Scotia. EgyptAir 990 over the Atlantic. Pan Am 103 over Lockerbie. Despite these disasters, the truth about most airplane accidents is that people do survive. In fact, according to the US government, 95.7 percent of the passengers involved in aviation accidents make it out alive. That’s right. When the National Transportation Safety Board studied accidents between 1983 and 2000 involving 53,487 passengers, they found that 51,207 survived. That’s 95.7 percent. When you exclude crashes in which no one had a chance of surviving – like Pan Am 103 – the NTSB says the survival rate in the most serious crashes is 76.6 percent. In other words, if your plane cras