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.

The Aviation Safety Network says there were a total of 23 deadly incidents involving jetliners and 475 fatalities last year. That's the safest air travel has been since 1945. But Smith says there is no escaping the fact that at some point a horrific deadly crash will take place.

[4:14] “When that inevitable accident happens, I hope that at least we take the time to step back and acknowledge just how much safer we are today."

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