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Air travel is still safe, say experts

world Updated: Jul 25, 2014 00:51 IST
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Are you planning to fly in coming weeks? With three air crashes within a week, chances are, you must be feeling jittery.

Well, fret not. If aviation experts are to be believed, the spate of bad aviation news is just a coincidence. Although the crashes may have come a few days apart, experts say that’s nothing more than a coincidence and that air travel remains safe.

“Air travel remains safe,” aviation and travel industry analyst at San Francisco-based Atmosphere Research Group Henry Harteveldt said.

“Unfortunately, we just had two terrible, unrelated aviation accidents occur,” Harteveldt added. “Obviously, the Malaysian plane was shot out of the sky, and the TransAsia incident was an incident where the airplane crashed in bad weather. These are two unrelated events.”

There have been 763 passengers and crew killed in plane disasters so far this year — 498 higher than the 265 people that died in 2013. The figure is 396 higher than the 10-year average to July of 376. However, according to International Air Transport Association, which represents 240 of the world’s airlines, more than three billion people flew safely on 36.4 million flights last year.

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