The recent tragedy is still unfolding that involved a Cessna 525 Citation carrying the pilot and five passengers. All were family members and friends and the plane presumably crashed into Lake Erie shortly after taking off from Burke Lakefront Airport in Cleveland during a spate of inclement winter weather. Authorities have now turned the focus from a rescue to a recovery, however, as debris continues to wash onto shore on the waves.
Maybe your car was hit by a drunk driver while you were on the way to work, and you bounced off the windshield. Maybe you tripped on a broken concrete step and hit your forehead. Maybe a piece flew off a defective tool and struck you in the face.
Many people are so afraid to fly that they will go out of their way to drive to avoid air travel. What's odd about that is the fact that statistically you are more likely to suffer a fatal or serious injury on the highways rather than in an airplane. At least while we are sitting in our cramped seat thousands of feet above the earth, we don't have to deal with the main hazard of the roadway, the tractor trailer.