So why is that such a bad thing? Pretty much, because a lot of regional carriers suck. Their staff has little to no experience. Meaning their pilots. You know, the people you’re putting your life in the hand of. They don’t always do great background checks into their piloting history. One pilot failed flying tests multiple times in the twelve months preceding his employment. This guy crashed a plane into a house, killing everyone. They don’t pay their employees well. Why would they? They have no experience. But when you’re not getting paid well you tend to not care as much about the quality of your work, and not be able to get a stable place to stay and sleep between flights. Driving tired can be as bad or worse than driving drunk. Now imagine driving a freaking airplane like that. Now understand that you are potentially getting on an airplane with a sleepy driver behind the wheel every time you step on a regional flight.
I initially found some solace in the National Safety Council’s most recent statistics that report that flying is safer than driving. Your lifetime odds of dying in a car crash are 1 in 88, while the odds of dying in an air travel accident are 1 in 7,032. Then I realized…people don’t fly as often as they drive. Doesn’t that skew the statistic? It’s not every time you get on a plane you stand a 1 in 7,032 chance in dying. It’s over your life. What are my odds every time I step on that plane?
Remember way back in the day when I posted this?
Knowledge is the antidote to fear. -Ralph Waldo Emerson