The usual counter when a person expresses a fear of airplanes is that flying is the safest way to travel. After all, you’re more likely to die driving to the airport than you are flying to your destination. While that may be true, it doesn’t mean there’s nothing to be afraid of when you hop in a metal tube and rocket through the sky.
Here are 9 facts about flying that might unnerve you:
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1. Being on the Ground Does Not Equal Safety
One of the deadliest accidents in airplane history actually occurred prior to takeoff. A deadly combination of fog and mixed radio signals from the flight deck caused two planes, carrying over 600 passengers between them, to collide head-on in the middle of a runway in the infamous Tenerife Accident. Over 500 individuals died as a result of this crash.