Plane Crash Deaths Rose 1,000 Percent In 2018 – Here’s Why That’s Not As Scary As It Sounds

The number of plane crash deaths jumped in 2018. In fact, it was one of the most deadly years for aviation in history. But don’t let that scare you off flying.

According to the Aviation Safety Network (ASN), 556 people died in plane accidents in 2018. In 2017, the total number of fatalities was “just” 44.

However, it’s important to note that that the number of plane crashes in the whole of 2018 is still far less than the number of vehicle accidents in a single week of 2018. The truth is that flying is actually the safest way to travel.

According to the United States Department of Transportation (DOT), you have a 1 in 114 chance of dying in a motor vehicle accident each time you drive a car. When you’re a passenger, your chances of fall to 1 in 654. However, you have only a 1 in 9,821 chance of dying in a plane crash. That’s less than 0.01 percent.

In 2014, 444 people died in aviation incidents. To put that in perspective, 848.1 million people flew in planes that year. If you’re a nervous flier, try to keep statistics like that in mind the next time you find yourself clutching the armrest during takeoff.