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February 13th, 2013
05:57 PM ET

Traveling by air safer than ever

By Steve Kastenbaum, CNN

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(CNN) – Emergency landings, engines blowing out due to bird strikes, near misses in the air, planes bumping on the tarmac… These stories are reported in the news all the time.

However, a report out this week shows that it has never been safer to fly on a passenger jet anywhere in the world than it is today.

[2:33] “The way the media today lavishes attention on so many minor mishaps and precautionary landings and just really insignificant things involving airplanes, the notion out there is that flying is more dangerous than every when really just the opposite is true,” said Patrick Smith, an experienced airline pilot and creator of the website http://www.AskThePilot.com.

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CNN Radio News Day: February 13, 2013
A California Highway Patrol officer guards a roadblock on Highway 38 near Big Bear Lake, California, on February 13, 2013 during a standoff with the former Los Angeles police officer Christopher Dorner.
February 13th, 2013
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