Few people fear they will get into an accident driving on their way to work. Yet, that thought will cross at least some passenger’s minds as they taxi down the runway for a flight across the country. Despite those fears, according to raw numbers, flying aboard a commercial airline is overwhelmingly safer than driving. Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows that in 2015, there were 32,166 fatal car accidents. In contrast, the numbers from the National Transportation Safety Board revealed a preliminary number of 27 total accidents, none of which were fatal. Put in more understandable numbers, Americans have a 1 in 114 chance of dying in a car crash. Their chances of dying in an airplane crash are 1 in 9,821.
The New York Post reports that a couple has joined a lawsuit against Boeing over a deadly engine explosion.
After an engine explosion sucked a passenger halfway out a window on a flight in April 2018, a married couple from Louisiana has joined the lawsuit against Boeing and Southwest Airlines.
Alex and Tyler Albin were returning from a honeymoon in New York aboard Flight 1380 from La Guardia Airport to Dallas. An engine exploded during the flight, causing shrapnel to blow out a window, nearly sucking a passenger out of the plane.
The couple was just two rows away from the ordeal and the husband even attempted CPR on the victim, becoming covered in her blood.
The pilot was able to make an emergency landing in Philadelphia.
The passenger, Jennifer Riordan, died from her injuries.
According to the couple’s attorney, the incident has left them both with post-traumatic stress disorder and a profound fear of flying. The lawsuit notes Boeing’s track record over the past two years with crashes, causing 459 deaths in total.
The lawsuit is claiming damages of at least $1 billion, citing Boeing’s “pattern of misconduct with respect to the design and safety inspections of the 737.”