If trains that travel at 350 km per hour are safe for passengers, surely aircrafts can be too. Still, this isn’t the case as a number of accidents are recorded every year — except 2017, that is.
Dutch aviation consulting firm To70 and the Aviation Safety Network both reported Monday there were no commercial passenger jet fatalities in 2017. “2017 was the safest year for aviation ever,” said Adrian Young of To70.
While the odds of a fatal crash are something of a relief (one in every 16 million), 303 deaths occurred in 2016. Still, technological advancements and more stringent safety measures have allowed death rates to fall. Comparatively, accidents weren’t uncommon as early as 13 years ago.
As recently as 2005, there were 1,015 deaths aboard commercial passenger flights worldwide, the Aviation Safety Network said.
With no X-Men to control the weather, our safety relies solely on ourselves and those around us. Luckily, it seems we aren’t doing too bad.
Trains are getting much-needed makeovers and it’s about time we all hop on board. In July, India launched the world’s first solar-powered train, running for up to 27 hours on a single charge. Not to be outdone, China unveiled Fuxing, the world’s swiftest high-speed railway traveling at speeds of 350 km per hour.
“The purpose of raising the speed is mainly symbolic,” [said] Zhao Jian, economics professor and commentator. “The train is the fastest in the world, which implies the strength of Chinese train technology and science,”
So it may be an ego thing, but if passengers can get from Beijing to Shanghai in 30 minutes less, why not? In 2011, for safety reasons, engineers limited bullet train speeds to 300 km per hour. However, it seems China is willing to up the ante for economic benefits.
“Nobody predicted that the high-speed rail link between Beijing and Shanghai would be profitable when it was built… But after a seven to eight-year development, it gains, so it can work in other regions as well after eight to 10 years,”
While it is a giant leap for eager travelers, I sure do hope it’s a secure one as well.