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Wednesday, June 27, 2018
About 1 in 5 people have some of fear flying, or 'aviophobia.'
But your chances are pretty good. The risk of being killed in a plane crash for the average American is 1 in 11 million. The risk of being killed in a car accident is 1 in 5,000.
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Today's Random Fact:
One the most deadly airplane accidents actually happened on the ground. In 1977, two fully loaded planes carrying a total of over 600 passengers collided head-on in the middle of the runway in what is now known as the Tenerife Accident, named after Tenerife Island where the accident occurred. Over 500 people died.
Airplanes typically fly at an altitude of around 35,000 feet. If Earth were the size of a desktop globe, a plane at that height would be flying at only 1/10 of an inch off the surface.
One windshield or window frame of a Boeing 747-400's cockpit costs as much as a BMW.
The average Boeing 747 has around 171 miles of wiring and 5 miles of tubing inside it.
Mercury is not allowed on a flight. Even a small amount of mercury can seriously damage aluminum, which is what most planes are made from. Airplanes that are exposed to mercury are usually quarantined.