The year that was 2016: A Boarding Pass to Safety


One of the many privileges we have attending ISKL is the incredible opportunity to explore uncharted territory. Not only do we have access to breathtaking destinations, we also are fortunate to have the ability to travel.

Travel by air has always been a source of fear. Although most members of the ISKL community have grown accustomed to traveling on airplanes, there are still concerns that something could malfunction.  This unease becomes especially relevant having witnessed plane crashes so close to home. The infamous crashes by Malaysia Airlines in 2014 placed Malaysia on the map as a reminder that air travel isn’t fully foolproof, and accidents are still a very real and daunting possibility.

Despite the sense of foreboding, a recent consensus by the Aviation Safety Network concludes that this past year marks the second safest year for aviation in history. This is due to airlines developing new technology, reducing the chance of accidents. Out of the 3 billion people who traveled by air, there was only 325 deaths related to airplane accidents last year. This means only one in every 10,769,230 travelers was seriously injured due to aviation, making the probability of being involved in an accident at a mere 0.000009%. The probability of being struck by lightning is 0.0001%, making it 1600 times more likely that one will be struck by lightning before involved in a plane accident.

As quoted by Aviation Safety Network President Harro Ranter,  “Since 1997 the average number of airliner accidents has shown a steady and persistent decline, for a great deal thanks to the continuing safety-driven efforts by international aviation organizations such as ICAO, IATA, Flight Safety Foundation and the aviation industry.”

It is apparent that air traffic accidents are on a downward trajectory. For those at ISKL who love to travel, fear not, air travel becomes safer by the minute.