Crash Course

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Published: January 29, 2015 2:30:05 AM

There is now an app that tells fliers the probability of their flight crashing

This is probably the most bizarre and macabre app that has been made available in recent times. It is called ‘Am I Going Down’ and despite the name, its meant to calm nervous fliers by calculating just how unlikely it is that the flight they are booked on, will crash. The app is quite credible since it is based on calculations and flight statistics on previous crashes involving airlines and specific aircraft. It was developed by an English company Vanilla Pixel, which claims that their intention was to create an app that demonstrates that flying is in fact extremely safe.

To use the app, passengers key in their flight information and the app calculates the odds based on the type of aircraft, the airline’s safety record and the number of crashes on that particular route. The app even calculates when you could expect to crash—for example, if you flew from New Delhi to New York every single day, you wouldn’t expect to crash for another 10,000 years or so. The developers have keyed in over 10 million routes and it was released recently on Apple’s iTunes. However, the timing could not have been worse. It came out shortly after the AirAsia flight QZ8501 crashed in the sea. The problem may be with the name. Nervous fliers, and there are plenty of them, will not want to know that there is a chance, however remote, that a flight will crash.

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