The past 10 years have been the safest in history for the US aviation industry with a remarkable tenfold improvement in safety rates.
A more experienced workforce has helped the industry learn from past mistakes: New planes and engines are designed with prior mistakes in mind. Investigations of accidents have led to changes in procedures to ensure the same missteps don’t occur again.
Other improvements, like computer technology, has led to a greater assurance of safety.
US Passengers have more than a 99.99% chance that they will reach their destination safely.
The worldwide aviation industry is also improving.
(READ the AP story in the SF Chronicle)