A former Ghana Airways pilot, Michael Yaw Foli, has intimated that air travel is still more safer than travelling by road.
He said traveling by air is the “safest mood of transportation”, adding that the “percentage of accident is very low compared to a road accident.”
The experienced pilot, who spent 40 years in the profession before retiring, said the routine maintenance protocols which precede every air travel, reduces the chances of aviation accidents.
Mr. Foli was speaking in relation to two plane accidents in the last five months, which claimed the lives of all passengers.
Last Sunday, March 10, 2019 an Ethiopian Airline flight crashed minutes after takeoff, killing all the 149 passengers and eight crew aboard on Sunday.
A spokesperson for Ethiopian Airlines said among the dead in the crash are 32 Kenyans and 17 Ethiopians.
According to authorities, the victims include 18 Canadians; eight each from China, the United States and Italy; seven each from France and Britain; six from Egypt; five from the Netherlands and four each from India and Slovakia.
This has sparked great concern among travelers, especially those who travel via planes.
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However, Mr. Foli said “the possibility of an aviation accident is rare,” when compared to traveling by road.
He explained, in an interview with Myjoyonline.com, that the process used in recruiting pilots is very rigorous and ensures that only those vested in discipline and science are allowed to fly planes.
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