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Would a slower speed and lower altitude reduce fatal incidents?

I'd like to answer this question by debunking the premise of the question: that most plane crashes happen when planes fall out of the sky, and that it's like rock climbing where the higher you are, ...
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Has any airliner ever collided with a glider?

Yes. (I found this by Aaron Holmes's hint that he searched only English sources.) On 1999 Feb 12 at 3:40 pm, a Grob G103 sailplane F-CGXB (possibly "in wave flight") collided with an Airbus ...
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Would a slower speed and lower altitude reduce fatal incidents?

It would likely create a more deadly situation. In aviation altitude is your friend. Generally speaking altitude in the case of an emergency buys you time to work the problem. Generally you want to ...
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Why are accident rates higher on smaller aircraft?

The amount of resources that go into commercial aviation are really amazing -- the amount of time, talent, money, and effort that have gone into making the airlines the safest mode of travel known to ...
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Are more fatalities in commercial aircraft accidents caused by pilot error than by automated features?

"Automation failure" tend to be lumped in with all other "Mechanical failure" in any statistics. Those statistics are fairly easy to find but absolutely back up the claim that ...
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Will dual-learning in a glider make my airplane learning safer?

Yes learn both, but... not at the same time. As Dave says, there are too many differences to be absorbing simultaneously. It's like a new airline pilot taking a type course on a Dash 8 and an RJ at ...
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Are grass strips more dangerous than tarmac?

Cloud, you are making a huge inference from a few small data points. But in any case, to the basic question, which is actually a very good one: In terms of the chance of getting killed, (what you ...
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Is landing gear-up against the regs?

Landing an aircraft gear up would likely result in a violation of 14 CFR 91.13 (a) - FAR 91.13 - Careless or Reckless Operation unless you are the owner of the aircraft and no one else is on board. ...
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Where is the safest seat in the plane?

Before I start, remember that we're talking about statistics of location in the aircraft, within statistics of survival of an accident (95%), which is itself dependent on a statistic of particular ...
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Are more fatalities in commercial aircraft accidents caused by pilot error than by automated features?

Yes the flight crew is the key factor in the majority of crashes. It's for this reason that two big innovations are largely responsible for the massive drop in fatal accident rates since the 90s (...
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Where is the safest seat in the plane?

There is no general safe or unsafe seat rule - it really depends on the circumstances of any mishap. If the plane runs into a mountain, the rear seats give you more crush zone, so the deceleration is ...
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How safe is the Beechcraft 1900?

I would say that it is a reasonably safe aircraft, but, like most aircraft of that class, often operated in unsafe conditions. The Wikipedia page does not have description for many of the listed ...
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Which is safer? The Piper Tomahawk or the Cessna 152?

From the Wikipedia article on the Tomahawk: Safety record: According to the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association Air Safety Foundation, which published a Safety Highlight report on the Piper ...
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Would a slower speed and lower altitude reduce fatal incidents?

Other answers have explained why height is a good thing. I don't want to elaborate on that, but to focus on one aspect of the question's reasoning. It's implicit in the question that a falling object ...
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Are there any data on the safety rate of gliders vs single-engine GA aircraft?

I had three days to burn so I took a look.) Comparative data was very difficult to find beyond accident counts, so determining relative safety is problematic. No one that I could find tracks or ...
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Has a micro-burst or wind shear caused fatalities on takeoff?

One (of several) incidents that I remember was Pan Am Flight 759. It encountered windshear after takeoff from New Orleans' Moisant Airport July 9, 1982 and crashed, killing all aboard and several on ...
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How was this airline (statistically) never had a fatal incident?

First of all, Ryanair has more than 700,000 flights per year now, but not during their entire 35 year existence. The total number of flights you give is therefore too high. Assuming aircraft ...
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Has a commercial jet airliner ever stalled on takeoff / at low-altitude?

There are two fairly recent airliner crashes I can think of that were the direct result of an aerodynamic stall, one is Air France 447 and the other is Colgan Air 3407. AF447 was at cruise height when ...
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Why are accident rates higher on smaller aircraft?

Another factor: commercial airliners tend to fly at high altitudes, over most bad weather and conditions of poor visibility for most of their flight time. Light planes are typically unpressurized, ...
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Which fighter jet is the safest outside of combat?

There are a number of barriers to labeling a single fighter as the "safest" - your proposed method is probably the best overall picture, but there are some barriers to even that. Differences in use ...
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Brace position - does it really save lives?

The FAA has a study on it you can find here the study is worth reading completely but the important parts of the conclusion seem to be, Current Brace Position This position (head against the ...
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Is this statistic about the fatal accident rate correct?

The passage you're asking about is a paraphrase of something Boeing spokeswoman Julie O'Donnell said. If you follow the citation in the article, you can see exactly what she said, and when she said it....
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Is this statistic about the fatal accident rate correct?

The statistic of 100,000 flights per day is a global one, and globally it is not true that there were no commercial airline fatalities in 2017. Per the Aviation Safety Network, there were 7 fatal ...
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Is the September 11th the only time a plane was crashed into skyscrapers?

Intentionally with a large aircraft, yes. There was however an instance in 1945, where a B-25 Mitchell collided with the Empire State building. This however was an accident. There have been several ...
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How much more dangerous is it to fly in Mexico than Europe?

To answer your title question with some numbers, here are the accident rates (number of accidents per million departures) for the world, Europe and Mexico from 2008 to 2020: (Data from ICAO - ...
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What are the statistical probabilities of commercial aircraft accidents?

Short answer The International Air Transport Association (IATA) publishes each year a report about aircraft accidents in the world. The latest one indicates these average figures: There are 3.3 ...
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Is there a correlation between airport capacity and accident rates?

It is unreasonable to assume that a busier airport has a higher rate of fatalities compared to a smaller airport. There is just no logical reason to think so. The total number of fatalities may well ...
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Is this statistic about the fatal accident rate correct?

The link is not wrong but your math is a bit misguided. Just because an accident occurred on average every XXX,XXX flights does not mean that on flight XXX,XXX+1 there will be another accident, thats ...
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Would a slower speed and lower altitude reduce fatal incidents?

To add to the several good answers here consider the human implications of slower travel: crews will be at the controls for longer. But tired crews are a significant factor in risk. In principle you ...
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How much more dangerous is it to fly in Mexico than Europe?

Short answer Such audits are done by FAA to evaluate whether safety is correctly managed by the Mexican regulator in order to inform US DoT. FAA found there is a problem in how Mexico is organized to ...
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