Flying may be intimidating to some after Friday’s plane crash in Nepal, where two planes collided at John F. Kennedy International Airport, killing about 68 people.
“You’re in an enclosed, encapsulated environment, in the air, at the mercy of flying professionals,” says tired air traveler and therapist Gary Loftus. I think the biggest factor in flying is the fear of getting out of control.”
Air traffic control towers and flight crews are in constant communication, and the Federal Aviation Administration says many air crashes can survive.
According to the latest data from the National Transportation Safety Board, there will be 1,225 aviation-related accidents in 2021, 220 of which will be fatal. Of those, 67 boarded US airlines and nine died.
The survey also shows a steady decline in aviation accidents and fatalities since 2002.
“Yes, there have been accidents and near misses … very few,” Loftus said. “Rational thinking, like looking at statistics, doesn’t affect them. It may happen over time as they overcome their fears with therapy.”
Loftus suggests that a lot of the fear and anxiety that comes with air travel can be mitigated with proper flight preparation, adding that rushing can add to anxiety.