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AIR DESPAIR: The chances of crashing are highly unlikely, but landing causes the most accidents

If you’re afraid of flying, you’ve probably obsessed over different aspects of air travel.

Whether it’s worrying about the tiny holes in the windows, or the unlikely risk of the doors swinging open mid-flight, it can be a scary process.

Thankfully, accidents are extremely rare as you only have a one in 11 million chance of crashing.

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While looking into the potential dangers of air travel, Boeing pinpointed flights’ riskiest moments.

Researchers compiled the results after analysing data from international commercial flights between 2007 and 2016.

Even though final descent takes up a tiny proportion of the travel time, around 4% on average, accidents tend to occur then.


Almost half (48%) of fatal incidents take place when the craft is landing.

Take-off is another tricky time for pilots, accounting for 13% of major accidents.

Only 11% of deadly crashes happened when the plane was cruising.

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Last year was declared one of the safest ever for commercial flights.

You are statically more likely to die from food poisoning (one in three million), falling from a ladder (one in two million) or falling out of bed (one in two million).

If you still suffer from aviophobia, there are many steps you can take to help relieve your worries.

Some swear-by hypnotherapy or flight courses for helping to reduce fears.

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