Despite the common opinion about airplane crashes, official numbers say that 95% of passengers involved in accidents on US carriers between 1983 and 2000 survived. In the recent years, we have witnessed evidence of this. In fact, one plane crash happens for every 1.2 million flights, and the possibility of dying is one in 11 million. In comparison, chances of dying in a car or traffic accident are one in 5,000.
We decided to collect some aircraft facts in order to dispel popular passenger myths.
#7. Lightning can blow up a plane.
This may surprise you, but actually lightning hits planes far more often than you would imagine. The statistics say that every aircraft will probably be affected by a lightning strike at least once a year, this makes about 50 strikes a day worldwide. This information may seem frightening for us, but the reality is that nowadays lightning is not really dangerous for an aircraft and can’t cause much damage.
A few decades ago the story was different, but now all planes are designed to deal with lightning safely. Aircrafts are made like a metallic cage covered with a surface, which conducts the electricity around the outside of the cabin, cargo compartments, and fuel tanks. Don’t believe what you see in the movies.
#6. If autopilot has been hacked, it could lead to crash.
There’s a scene in some movies where the autopilot gets hacked and the airplane crew can’t control the aircraft anymore. However, this has nothing to do with reality. For obvious reasons, aircrafts are designed with many levels of security in every system, and this is true for the autopilot as well.
Actually, all planes have at least two separate autopilot computers, and each of them can fly the plane on their own. But even if all autopilots are out of order, pilots are qualified enough to fly the plane themselves.