Flight fears: Common myths about flying debunked
A fear of flying, aerophobia, can hinder any traveller wanting to head abroad if they aren’t willing to go on a plane.
Despite flights being much safer than other modes of transportation, many still fear the worst such as the plane crashing.
Christopher Paul Jones, a therapist known as The Breakthrough Expert, helps people get over their fears and phobias, as well as getting himself over his own fear of flying.
He debunks some of the common flight myths in a bid to ease travellers minds, stating: “Once you look at a flying phobia in a rational way and realise that, actually, most of what we believe can be attributed to myth, it might be time to think about working on your phobia.”
Myth 1: Flying is unsafe
Mr Jones explained that “the odds of you actually being involved in an accident when flying is one in eleven million.”
When this is compared to one in 200 for a car accident, it may help those who are scared to put it in perspective.
2017 was actually the safest year in aviation history.
Myth 2: If a plane crashes it’s over
In the unlikely occasion that a plane does crash, it is actually much more likely to be able to survive than people may think.
Mr Jones explained: “You have a 95.7 per cent chance of walking away from a plane crash.”
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Myth 3: Plane crashes are common
The reason they are in the news, is because they are so rare. The mysteries of MH370 made the headlines due to how unlikely it was to happen.
“There are 100,000 flights per day, think about that in comparison to how many actual crashes you hear about,” Mr Jones said.
Myth 4: The airline companies aren’t affected if we crash
Some passengers may think that airline companies are less bothered by safety and more so by profits.
Mr Jones refutes this theory, due to the amount it costs the airline in the event of an accident: “The plane that you are flying in alone is worth around £100,000,000 and the compensation that an airline company would need to pay out would also cost millions.”
The worst crash in aviation history, the Tenerife Airport Disaster, cost upward of $110 million.
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Myth 5: Lightning can bring down a plane
Whilst terrifying being in a plane if it gets hit by lightning, it actually doesn’t pose a risk to the aircrafts which are made to cope.
Mr Jones stated: “No modern plane has been brought down by lightning and modern planes are designed to withstand a lightning strike.”
Myth 6: If an engine fails the plane will fall from the sky
An engine failure can be a huge worry for any fliers, and the thought of it causing the plane to plummet. In actual fact, a plane can still manage to land without one.
Mr Jones revealed: “A plane is simply a big glider and planes can be flown and landed without an engine. And your pilot will have gone through rigorous training to land this big glider.”
Previous famous examples include the Miracle on the Hudson, which captain Sully glided onto the Hudson River, and the British Airways flight which had all four engines fail, only for it to glide in the air until they restarted again.