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its a difficult one to explain because statistics as you say are not helping you....but you drove to sydney for 12 hours..and within that 12 hours 24 people would have died is road accidents somewhere (on average)...but nobody would have died in a plane.
i know its easy to say but did you check your brakes..and your oil...or your tyre pressure? because they do a LOT more checks before each flight.
OK...so you are giving into the fear...we (and you) know that and without knowing your personality i dont know how you can stop that......for me...it was regular flying that helped and realising nothing was likely to happen...at least not as likely as falling down the stairs (which even with this years air travel problems has still killed more people)....but for you i think a pro is the person to help you....and i'm sure he'll come along soon.......keep talking tho....it will help and although this is a small community you are in good company.
What about all the other planes that flew through the airspace at the same time as the Air Asia flight?
I want to help you so I want you to send me ten bits of evidence to show me that flying is safe.
Then send me ten bits of evidence about what scares you and makes you feel so bad.
Then we'll have something to work on.
I look forward to helping you.
1. Not being in control
Take control of yourself and leave the flying to me
2. I'm scared of air pockets and the plane plummeting for a few minutes
no such things
3. If something bad happens up in the sky and the pilot looses control for example a mechanical fault
In 20,000 hours and nothing like that has happened to me
4. Having to say goodbye to my family knowing I will never see them again
could happen anytime car, electrocution, falling down stairs food poisoning, heart attack
5. Crashing Into the ocean and being alive but all alone or crashing on a desert island and being alone there too
very very unlikely I haven't heard of such an event... would make a great story ...maybe that's where you got the idea???
6. Take off I hate I feel that the movements are very rough on some take offs
7. Crashing into another plane
Air traffic control radar systems show this likely hood and prevent it ... plane have equipment to avoid this
8. Terrorist attacks on the plane like 9/11 and the plane being taken over / bomb on board
How can anyone get into a locked cockpit?
9. I don't like having panic attacks on the plane, which I get often
find a system to deal with your attacks ... staff on board are used to panic attacks so will know what to do
10. Getting blown out of the sky like MH17
I'm scared of that too but it's so unlikely that i don't think about it ... more useful is to not stand behind a horse ... being killed like that is much more likely.
Thanks for your reply Captain Keith ! I do have a couple of queries.
I had a friend who was in a plane and it suddenly dropped for a few moments, is this normal? I don't like the movements the plane makes when it is turning or during take off, this makes me very uneasy.
Regarding the plane crashing into another plane, there was a report here in Australia of two planes nearly colliding (commercial planes) recently http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-09-21/too-early-to-tell-how-close-q...
Regarding the terrorist attacks someone may place the bomb under the aircraft? I know this is very unlikely though and checks are made.
I think I am my own worst enemy I have seen Air Crash Investigation and try to justify this is the reason I should be scared. I also understand the media blows everything out of proportion just to get views.
There movements are normal, planes have to turn and they have to take off.
nearly colliding isn't colliding.
Stop watching Air Crash detective ... and you won't be feeding the fear.
I followed the link ... most of it is hysterical garbage.
You are in control of these things aren't you?
great news well done