What makes airplanes more safe than cars?

10 Answers

  • 7 years ago
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    Airplanes have many redundant systems. You can just look at a typical bolt installation in an airplane to see the difference. The bolt head will be safety wired, the nut will have a cotter key and the bolt itself will have a keeper.

    The pilots who fly them will have at least several years of flying experience. They are aided by computer systems, numerous caution lights and warnings and have to follow checklists when doing almost anything.

  • John R
    Lv 7
    7 years ago

    Let's be accurate: Scheduled airline flights are safer than cars. Light personal aircraft have a safety record similar to motorcycles.

    Airliners are safe because they have 2 trained professionals operating them, they have rigid operational and maintenance rules.

    Airplanes also have the advantage in that for most of the flight they have a wide latitude for error - a plane at cruise can be off course by quite a bit without it being dangerous. If your car, or the truck in the next lane, are a couple of feet off line you could die. The only time there is any real chance of a mishap in a plane is the few minutes while taking off and landing.

  • 7 years ago


    In airplane, safety is mandatory, checks are frequent, and everything has to be logged.

    And oddly, the (wrongful) perception that airplanes are risky is probably keeping idiots from trying to fly one.

  • 7 years ago

    Automobile travel doesn't have to be a meat grinder every day, but it is.

    It's mostly the attitude of the people involved that is different.

    In aviation everyone is focused on safety, automobile drivers focus on getting there ahead of everybody else, and screw it if someone else gets hurt as long as they can put blame on someone else.

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  • Anonymous
    7 years ago

    Professional pilots. Any fool is allowed to drive a car.

  • Fox
    Lv 7
    7 years ago

    aircraft and pilots are just held up to higher standards than your average car or driver on the road

  • 7 years ago

    Its statistically safer, but you are 99.99% likely to die if your commercially jet crashes vs 99.99% likely to walk away if you car has a crash. Its the difference in frequency of occurrence vs frequency of death if it occurs.

  • 7 years ago

    There's barely any traffic in the air..

  • Troy
    Lv 6
    7 years ago

    Better drivers.

  • 7 years ago


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