Airline industry argues flight safety after series of disasters

The number of airline deaths this year has reached more than 700

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WINDSOR LOCKS, CT (WWLP)- The airline industry has had several tragic events in the last week. 22News found out what the industry analysts are now saying about the safety of airline travel.

In a little over a week, the airline industry suffered several major tragedies.  On July 18th Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down over Eastern Ukraine with nearly 300 people on board. Just days later a TranAsia Airways plane crashed in Taiwan during stormy weather and the next day an Algerie flight crashed during a rain storm.

Some people in western Massachusetts told 22News events like that make them wary of flying. “I’m definitely more afraid to fly when I hear stories like that. It definitely makes me nervous,” Kathy Rocco, from Westfield, said.

Alexa Houle, from Westfield, told 22News, “It does make me nervous because I mean I don’t know if I get on a plane if that could be my plane crashing.”

Combined, the events have pushed the number of airline deaths this year to more than 700, the most since 2010. But some safety experts are arguing the sequence of events was a series of random misfortunes, and that they should not deter travelers. Industry analysts argue that flying is still a safe way to travel as only one in 2 million flights ended in a major accident last year.

That’s why some folks in western Mass. said they will still jump on a plane without fear.

“To be honest it doesn’t scare me. I think of it as a roller coaster. I love when they take off and I love when they land,” Corey Boileau, from West Springfield, said.

Jodie Resenswyke, visiting West Springfield from Long Island, N.Y. told 22News, “I feel like it’s safer to be in a plane than it is to be in a car today. Although there have been some incidences I still think flying is safer.”

Global aviation leaders have plans to meet to discuss safety and security concerns raised by the Malaysia airlines shoot-down.

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