Air safety

By Nathan

Plane crashes

Recently 298 people were killed when Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 was shot down over Ukraine and before that MH370 crashed and 239 passengers died. It makes you think why are so many people travelling in planes. Its because planes are the safest transport.The stats show there's only a one in 11 million chance of dying in a plane crash. And it's 22 times safer than travelling by car. You're more likely to die from being struck by lightning, falling off a ladder, getting food poisoning, and even falling out of bed.

Behind the scences

Air traffic control looks after flights coming into and out of airports. Pilots make sure they follow set routes and fly at certain heights safely. Airlines do constant maintenance and countless checks on their planes. And aviation groups look over everything making new rules and giving warnings about issues as they arise. On the day the poilots did everything correct and so did the crew.

MH17 flew over a war zone, Ukraine. Some people are arguing that they should stop flying over war zones. Qantas has stopped flights in and over Ukraine so why aren't malaysain airlines stopping lights over ukraine. The reason is money. It will be $66 dollars for more fuel adn it will take longer too. Some people are now calling for stricter rules, so flights can't travel over war zones. It would cost airlines more, but would guarantee a situation like this doesn't happen again. The aviation industry is also looking at other ways it can protect passengers. One suggestion is that planes could be fitted with missile defence systems, warning pilots about any dangers coming from the ground.

So what happens to malaysain is unpredictible but planes are are still the safest transport.