Baby boomers enjoy traveling, so it's important for boomers to consider airline safety.
Consumer groups argue more needs to be done to make air travel safer.
There were 0.2 fatal accidents per 1 million departures in the United States in 2008, compared to 1.4 per 1 million departures in 1989, reports LiveScience.com. A review of the statistics between these years shows an improving trend overall.
The following list shows the five safest airlines in America based on number of accidents per 1 million takeoffs, according to data gathered from the Federal Aviation Administration, MTSM, and the U.S. Department of Transportation and reported on Injury.com.
These numbers are the yearly average from Jan. 1, 2002 to Jan. 1, 2007:
1. US Airways (.89 accidents)
2. Southwest Airlines (2.59 accidents)
3. America West Airlines (2.96 accidents)
4. Continental Airlines (3.17 accidents)
5. Alaska Airlines (3.32 accidents)
Methods vary for comparing air travel to other forms of transportation. Some show cars are safer than airplanes. Others show the opposite.
For information on airline accidents, see the “10 Worst Accidents in North America” on Aviation Safety Network.com.
The Federal Aviation Administration provides a list of countries whose air carriers can’t initiate new service and are restricted to current levels of any existing service to the United States while corrective actions are underway.
The European Union maintains a list of airlines that are banned from serving countries in Europe.
Here are more resources to help you evaluate airline safety:
“Accident and Incident Data” – Federal Aviation Administration
“Aviation Accidents From the Past 10 Years” – Federal Aviation Administration
“Aviation Accidents From More Than 10 Years Ago” -- Federal Aviation Administration
“Safest Airlines and Planes” – Frommer’s
“The Worst Airlines in the World” – HotelClub Travel Blog
“How Safe Are America’s Airlines?” – msnbc.com
“Airlines Record Safest Two Years” – eTN
My next post will be on "Safe and Dangerous Airports."