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If I recall, law enforcement comes in around 13th, far down on the bell curve.
 

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The rate of fatal injuries for aircraft pilots and flight engineers is 57.1
Why would this class be so high if the airline safety record is near perfect? A small population size of pilots, maybe?

though the rates [of illness] for these jobs are higher for government versus private workers
I am so surprised. Whoda thunk it?
 

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Rugerer said:
The rate of fatal injuries for aircraft pilots and flight engineers is 57.1
Why would this class be so high if the airline safety record is near perfect? A small population size of pilots, maybe?
I think it may be on the way it's presented. It doesn't say 'professional pilots' just 'pilots' so that would include general aviation and all those pilots who fly home-built or experimental aircraft.

As for airline safety, it all depends on if you're presenting the statistics according to "total miles traveled" or "per journey." Every flight has a takeoff and landing, which is where most accidents occur; the number of miles traveled on a particular journey is almost unimportant. Do we worry 10x less about a 300 mile flight than one that travels 3,000 miles?

According to Wikipedia (which may be accurate as this isn't a contentious subject), deaths per billion km is at 0.05, far safer than the next safest, bus travel, at 0.4. However, when rated by deaths per journey, air travel is far more dangerous than bus, rail, van, car, or even foot travel.
 

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Fallschirmjäger said:
It doesn't say 'professional pilots' just 'pilots' so that would include general aviation and all those pilots who fly home-built or experimental aircraft.
I thought that too, but "flight engineers" would surely be professional, wouldn't it?

Now I'm curious to see "passenger-mile" numbers compared to "per journey" numbers.
 

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Funny, I've been to a lot of farms and never been disarmed for "farmer safety". (In fairness, I've yet to be disarmed for "officer safety" yet - and have had LEO encounters while OC - I still bet a farmer never disarms me, but a LEO, .... that's only a matter of time.)
 

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I grew up on a farm, and can attest to it being dangerous:

1. My dad's only sibling (brother) was killed when a tractor rolled over on him.
2. My grandpa lost his left arm completely, got it caught in a manure spreader wheel, spent several hours trapped before a neighbor spotted him out in the field.
3. Lost a classmate in 7th grade, tractor rolled over on him.
4. Guy who ended up being a buddy, lost a younger brother, got caught in the tractor PTO shaft.
5. My mom had her leg chewed up on a silage auger.
6. Had a brother had his knee chewed up on an auger as well.
7. I got stuck just above my eye, in the socket with a pitchfork, when I was about 6. Scared the crapped out of me.
8. Me again, got my arm chewed up pretty good with a chain saw, cutting brush. (I was pushing the tree over the fence), older brother running the saw.

Also, lots of neighbor's getting hurt as well.
 
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