With everyone preferring travelling by air to most other forms of transportation, aviation safety becomes imperative in today's world. From the time a person boards an aircraft until the time he disembarks, it becomes the responsibility of the airlines to ensure their safe arrival. Which is why safety becomes a major selling point and a poor safety record is a threat to any airline’s survival.
In over one hundred years of air travel, aviation safety has improved considerably. There are now the odds of 1 in 29.4 million of being killed in an air crash. Most of the times, pilot error that might be weather related or mechanical are the major reasons for place crashes. Sabotage is also another reason for air crashes with almost 9 instances recorded since the 1950s. Yet so, there is a 24% chance of survival for a passenger in a fatal crash.
Some of the safest airlines in the US are Southwest Airline holding the top position(over 18 million flights but no fatal crashes till date), Delta Air Lines coming second(Over 16 million flights with only one fatal incident) and Continental Airlines holding the third position (Over 12 million flight with 4 fatal events till date.