Don’t Fear Flying

No matter how much the cinema tries to scare you:

Maggie Koerth-Baker assures travelers that surviving a plane crash is much more common than you think:

Looking at all the commercial airline accidents between 1983 and 2000, the National Transportation Safety Board found that 95.7% of the people involved survived. Even when they narrowed down to look at only the worst accidents, the overall survival rate was 76.6%. … In fact, out of 568 accidents during those 17 years, only 71 resulted in any fatalities at all.

On a related note, Jason Bailey reviews Flight, a film loosely based on Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger's emergency landing on the Hudson:

In a brief, high-pressure situation, this pilot had to call upon all of his skill, all of his training, and all of his experience to save 155 lives. And afterwards, everybody called it a miracle. It wasn't a miracle—it was what the man was equipped to do. But that's the narrative that's stuck from that incident, and that's why it's disappointing that Flight couldn't find a way to correct it. They went to the trouble of making a loose dramatization of one of the most compelling stories of our era, and they went off and dramatized the wrong damn part of it.