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Odds of Dying in a Plane Crash: Low

Odds of Dying in a Plane Crash
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If you assume that everyone on board dies when a plane crashes, you’d be wrong. Though it can happen that all passengers perish, it is highly unusual. The National Transportation Safety Board analyzed accidents over a seven-year period and found that even in the most serious crashes, more than three-quarters of the passengers survived. “Contrary to public perception, the most likely outcome of an accident is that most of the occupants survived,” the board says. Your chance of being killed is actually 1 in 90 million, which means you could fly every day for the next 250,000 years before you would perish in a crash, according to Arnold Barnett, a professor at MIT and expert on the risk of flying. If you somehow ended up in a plane crash (remarkably unlikely), your chances of dying are infinitesimal.

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