We have not yet digested the record braking 2018 year in flight safety which ended a month ago, and already - the accident of the Russian airliner in Moscow overshadowed the joy - a passenger plane crash at the beginning of the year.
A passenger plane of a Russian airline crashed a few minutes after taking off from the airport near Moscow and all 71 people were killed.
At the time of this writing, a day after the accident, I have no further information, and will not be tempted to speculate about the causes of the accident.
The Russian Airliner crashed - what does it mean to someone who is afraid of flying?
Naturally, for those who fear flying, the accident is a reminder of their fears: "We told you it was dangerous ?!" They think to themselves (and some also share their concerns with others). I received quite a few requests from Israel and abroad to explain what happened ...
And I'm ready: Aviation on passenger planes is the safest means of transport that exists, and in general - flight is a safer activity than most of what we do.
In a way, the Russian airliner crash is the exception that proves the rule. The accident that was published all over the world is "news" precisely because it is so rare. 71 people are killed in traffic accidents in the world every few minutes, but here - these are news. The fragments are well photographed, the families, the last pictures. The news industry often relies on such dramatic events.
But the difference is not only in the attitude of those who are afraid of flying. Not even with the media. The Russian airliner crash, however difficult, will probably fall into one of the categories of aviation accidents, and as I explained in an article on "aviation in the investigation," it will be analyzed in depth.
"Deep analysis" means that the investigating team will come to the root of the causes of the accident. Analysis followed by application.
The dominant concept in flying is not to leave the possibility of accidents that result from the failure of a single factor. And if there was an accident, then it's obvious that some failures, one by one, happened. Thus, any exceptional event, including an accident, can be broken down into the factors that led to the incident. It can start from a procedural failure that has resulted in a technical failure not detected. This led to a technical malfunction that was not properly handled by the pilots. In any such "chain of events", any factor could have stopped the incident, and I believe that even in the Russian plane crash, the investigation will lead to finding the cause. Moreover, a set of conclusions will be published, distributed in the world and in most cases will become binding procedures.
Let's pause for a moment
How many car accidents arise from keeping distance? Countless, right?
Nevertheless, only in the second decade of the 2000s did they begin to create systems that prevent uncontrolled rapprochement. Still, years after systems such as "Mobileye" or other driving safety system have become commercial, they are not mandatory (this will happen, I have no doubt).
Mobily: An example of a technological solution aimed at a leading cause of traffic accidents. Still not required
In aviation, any conclusion resulting from an accident takes top priority in realization, and once a technological or procedural solution is discovered, it becomes mandatory. For example, there was the issue of inter-aircraft collisions, which led to the introduction of a mandatory system (details in the article). This does not mean that inter-aircraft collisions will disappear completely, but their numbers have dropped dramatically.
The Russian Airliner and accidents in general
Some of those who are afraid of flying are addicted to accident stories, and the last plot provides them with moments of anxiety.
Do not do it to yourself! If you can not understand the argument with which I began with "the exception that proves the rule" and if my essay on aviation in the investigation is not convincing, then filter out this bad news. There is no need to fast.
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