it's funny how airlines always say that flying is safer than driving, but they're just manipulating the statistics. the fatality rate for airlines is 1182 per 100 million flight hours. that works out to 2.36 per 100 million miles, assuming an average of 500mph. the fatality rate for automobiles is 1.45 per 100 million miles. http://www-fars.nhtsa.dot.gov/Main/index.aspx the above is for commercial aviation. general aviation (small planes) is far worse. i conclude that airlines are full of shit.