• Question: why do airplanes crash

    Asked by jamal to Caoimhe, David on 21 Nov 2014.
    • Photo: Caoimhe O'Neill

      Caoimhe O'Neill answered on 21 Nov 2014:

      Airplane accidents are very very rare – you are more at risk of getting injured crossing the road – so always Stop, Look and Listen! But yes, airplane accidents do happen. Like any accident human error is usually involved somewhere along the line but they are so rare I don’t think we have anything to worry about. Engineers work very hard to make things like airplanes as safe as possible for us all 🙂

    • Photo: David Taylor

      David Taylor answered on 21 Nov 2014:

      Caoimhe is right – travelling in a aeroplane is pretty much the safest way to get around, largely because engineers have studied them so much.
      My favourite TV programme is Air Crash Investigation: they do really good reconstructions showing what happened and how the engineers and scientists go about their investigations.