Figures show flying is safer in US

This article can be used to identify the use of language statistics and how the data can be misrepresented.

With this article there can be a detailed discussion as to what these figures actually represent compared to the headline of the article. These data seem to represent only private flights.

Further questioning could examine what standards of measurement were used to determine whether and incident is an accident and when does an incident become an accident?

A useful discussion could develop around factors which may skew the results but not mentioned in the article, such as, what is the ratio of private planes to population in the US and Australia?

(Written by Brian Andrews, BTeach student, University of Tasmania, 2001)

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