Someone said :
I was in a fancy hotel (night after a gig) and at breakfast I so happened to share my table with a guy who's job it is to audit safety features on commercial airplanes.
After our 15 minute talk it became obvious that statistically, you're safer on an airplane then you are in a bed, or, walking down the street, or going to the bank, and you're several hundred times safer then being in a car.
Agreed. Air crashes are very rare these days, and flying has been by far the safest form of travel for decades, even in the 1960s, 70s and 80s when plane crashes were more commonplace than today.
I think it’s the lack of control over the situation by passengers on an airplane if something does go wrong that causes many people to fear air travel.