Plane Crash: Should You Be Scared of Flying?

For some people, traveling by air is fun and they wish to do it every day. As a travel blogger with over 200 flights, 800 hours in the air which translates into spending a full month in the skies, thoughts of dying in a plane crash send shivers down my spine any time I am airborne. In a way to squash those fears, I normally take a long break from my travels to deal with my mental shift in a way to build the confidence to fly again.

If trains and buses could take me to every one of my destinations, I bet I would never take flights.

After reading through safety statistics and been told chances of dying in a plane crash is one in eleven million, compared to car accident which is one in five thousand; it is obvious driving is more dangerous than flying but I am still terrorized by the mere thought of boarding a plane. And I believe I am not alone.

I have pieced together some facts gathered from my flying experiences that may help some of us deal with aviophobia. Check them out:

1) If you’ve ever been in a car, then keep flying

If you have been enjoying yourself in cars comfortably without fears of dying, then you have every reason not to be afraid of plane crash. As said earlier, chances of dying in a plane crash is one out of 11 million while that of car accident is one out of 5000.

Per statistics, a person has to take flight every day for 55,000 years before experiencing a fatal accident. Research has also proven that, one is more likely to die by falling off a ladder or out of bed, food poisoning than from a plane crash.

2) Turbulence won’t bring the plane down

Airplanes pass through turbulence every day but we don’t hear of turbulence causing planes to crash. At cruising altitude, it just doesn’t happen. And in other stages of flight it’s, at most, very, very rare. It takes a lot more than bumps along the way to down a plane.

Turbulence generated by thunderstorms could cause accidents. The updrafts and sudden wind shifts can be so violent that a big thunderstorm can bring an airplane down, especially if it happens near the ground. But the good news is that, pilots have been trained long ago to fly around storms.

Modern airplanes have sophisticated radar detection that allow pilots to navigate around thunderstorms so it’s no more a worry to be scared of thunderstorms.

Turbulence can however cause serious accidents onboard or even kill in some instances. To remain safe from such accidents, passengers are advised to always have seat-belts fastened.

3) Engine Failure? Don’t be worried!

If one engine breaks down, the other is enough to take the aircraft to its destination. Dual engine failure is almost unheard of but if all engines happen to fail, that isn’t the end. The speed at which aircraft travels is capable of landing at the nearest airport. Some planes may have as much as 20 to 30 minutes to land with failed engines.

Some people kill their fears of flying by taking alcohol. Yes, it’s really fun when you are onboard drunk. But drinking alcohol onboard may not be the best option for you. Our next article will discuss the dangers of being drunk on the plane.

Share with us in the comment box below how you kill your fears of flying.

Ethiopian Airlines Baggage allowance

Ethiopian Airlines affords its passengers some baggage allowance. Baggage allowance is simply the quantity of luggage or baggage that a passenger can carry onboard a commercial plane for free.

Ethiopian Airlines baggage allowance is divided into categories.

Carry-On Allowance

Business: Up to 2 pieces, each with a maximum weight of 7 kg.

Economy: 1 piece with a maximum weight of 7 kg and a maximum sum of dimensions equal to 118 cm (46 in.) In addition, passengers may also carry free of charge items of personal effects for use in flight, such as; handbag (laptop bag), pocketbook or purse, small camera and/or a pair of binoculars, reasonable amount of reading material for the flight, Infant’s food for consumption in flight and Infant’s carrying basket.

Ethiopian Airlines PHOTO: Jetphotos
Ethiopian Airlines PHOTO: Jetphotos

Checked Baggage Allowance

Economy: Up to 2 pieces, each with a maximum weight of 23 kg (50 lbs.) and a maximum sum of dimension equal to 158 cm (62 in.).

Cloud Nine: Up to 2 pieces, each with a maximum weight of 32 kg (70 lbs.) and a maximum sum of dimension equal to 158 cm (62 in.) ShebaMiles Gold, ShebaMiles Silver, and Star Gold: up to 3 pieces.

Ethiopian Airlines extra baggage charges

Excess Luggage Rate of Sporting Equipment

With the excess luggage rate of excess sporting equipment, the price ranges from $100 to $200 depending on patronized class and size of equipment.

Excess Baggage Charge to carry Television

With the excess luggage rate of excess baggage charge to carry television, the price ranges from $80 to $200 depending on class patronized and television size.

Ethiopian Airlines vs Kenya Airways: Which is best and safer to fly?

Ethiopian Airlines founded on December 21, 1945, and started its official business of flight operations on April 1946. Kenya Airways was founded in late 1977 immediately after the dissolution of the East African Airways. The airline is headquartered in Embakasi, Nairobi, Kenya. Just like Ethiopian Airlines, Kenya Airways is the flag carrier airline of Kenya.

Akesse Sanza on Kenya Airways
Akesse Sanza on Kenya Airways

The two airlines are some of the finest of Africa’s airlines.

If you are having difficulties choosing between these airlines, see some of the reviews from passengers.

“I’m planning a trip from Edinburgh to Malawi in September 2015. In my planning, the cheapest flight options are coming up as these two. Either: Edinburgh – Amsterdam – Nairobi – Lilongwe on Kenya Airways or Edinburgh – (either LHR or Frankfurt) – Addis Ababa – Lilongwe on Ethiopian. For the long haul portion, Kenya is on a 777 and Ethiopian is on a 787 Dreamliner. I have flown Amsterdam – Nairobi return on Kenya Airways 777 back in 2008 and it was, quite frankly, awful. Cramped, terrible IFE (the kind of not-quite-on-demand type), not great service, and the seat in front seemed slightly broken so that the guy in it could recline it so far and shove himself so far back I could hardly make out my IFE screen because of the angle the screen ended up at (never mind what that did to my knees). So, I’m kind of biased against Kenya, based on one really bad experience.” Said Ddootsie.

“I flew Kenya airways from Schiphol to Nairobi a month ago on the 777. I quite liked the flight and I’m a grumpy traveler. The seats are 9 across, which is much nicer than Emirates 10 across in economy. The service and food quality was fine; the FA gave me 2 small bottles of wine every time I asked for a drink. The IFE wasn’t Emirates standard; but whose is? but overall it was ok. I had no problems with the flight, the crew or the service. Still it’s up to you.” Said Rick.

“Well, Ethiopian airlines drove a rousing start to my holiday vacation to my beloved mother land Ghana, Accra with an amazing promotional fare. The surprise continues with the professional and passionate cabin crew service aboard Ethiopian Boeing 787, coupled with the unique features of this beautiful Bird: best entertainment options…personalized charging points…. its. Pin drop silence flight with best economy class services…. all in all, I have to confess, I had the best in flight experience ever and they are an airline of my choice and dare to recommend them.” Said Mae K.

“I fly a lot in Africa and would chose Ethiopian over Kenya every day. Ethiopian have come down a bit but are still better than Kenya. However, the flight staff of Kenya Airways can make a big difference. They are giving a great service (in general), something a bit rare these days and in contrast to the ground staff. Plus, I clearly prefer Addis over Nairobi airport. So I would rather choose Ethiopian.”, said Phil.

“I think what is most important is to have all flights on one ticket and to book whenever possible directly with the airline. This is even more important in Africa. Ethiopian is member of Star Alliance; Kenya of Sky Team. Personally I would prefer Star Alliance but it depends on you and if you are a miles member of any alliance airline. With regards to your booking, try not to mix different alliance members. If anything should go wrong with a flight and you are within an alliance the solution can be easier than if you are flying different segments with different alliance members.” Said Georg-R.

“Booked today with Ethiopian via Frankfurt. Single ticket, guaranteed connections, 2 x 23Kg hold bags per person. Thanks for the input!” said Erica.

When did the Ethiopian Airlines crash?

The Ethiopian Airlines crash which occurred on March 10th, 2019 is the deadliest air crash involving an Ethiopian Airlines aircraft.

Ethiopian Airlines dispatches all-female crew for its historic Argentina flight
Ethiopian Airlines dispatches all-female crew for its historic Argentina flight

The Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 crashed in an Ethiopian town called Bishoftu six minutes after it took off from the Addis Ababa Bole International Airport in Ethiopia and heading to the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Kenya.

There were no survivors as 157 onboard (149 Passengers, 8 Crew) the Boeing airline were all killed. The majority of passengers were Kenyans (32), followed by Canadians (18) and 9 Ethiopians.

On 13 March 2019, the FAA announced that new evidence found on the crash site and satellite data on Flight 302 suggested that the aircraft might have suffered from the same problem which the aircraft operating Lion Air Flight 610 had suffered from. Investigators discovered the jackscrew that controlled the pitch angle of the horizontal stabilizer of Flight 302, was in the full “nose down” position. The finding suggested that, at the time of the crash, Flight 302 was configured to dive, similar to Lion Air Flight 610.

Ethiopian Airlines Accra Ghana offices; location, working hours and contacts details

Ethiopian Airlines has two offices in Accra, Ghana.

The Accra City Office

Address/ location: Cocoa House Ground Floor, Kwame Nkrumah Avenue, Accra

Mailing Address: GP 3600 Accra Ghana

Email: Area Manager’s, [email protected] (Genet W/Michael) or [email protected]

Phone:  +233 24 242 6303, (233-302)664856/7/8

Fax:   (233-302) 673968

Working hours:      Mon – Fri Morning 08:00 – 12:00; Afternoon 14:00 – 17:00 Sat 09:00 – 13:00

Ethiopian Airlines boeing 737 max 8
Ethiopian Airlines boeing 737 max 8

The Airport Office

Kotoka International Airport

Phone: +233 24 242 6303, (233 302) 775168/778993

E-mail         [email protected]

Working hours:      Mon – Fri 08:00-12:00

Ethiopian Airlines careers: Vacancies and how to apply

Ethiopian Airlines is one of Africa’s finest and most preferred airlines. This is as a result of its reasonable and affordable cost of flights and the quality of services provided on board.

Flight attendant serves passengers with breakfast inside an Ethiopian Airlines ET314 flight to Eritrea's capital Asmara, from the Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia July 18, 2018. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri
Flight attendant serves passengers with breakfast inside an Ethiopian Airlines ET314 flight to Eritrea’s capital Asmara, from the Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia July 18, 2018. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri

The Airline offers numerous employment opportunities and career options available for Pilots, Cabin Crew, and Engineers responsible for maintenance. To apply,

  1. Visit the homepage of the Ethiopian Airlines
  2. Click on vacancies
  3. Read through the available jobs
  4. Follow instructions and apply accordingly.

Ethiopian Airlines online check-in steps

Online check-in also known as web check-in, is simply when air passengers confirm their travel on a flight by means of using the internet and print out their boarding passes. Online check-in is available with 36 hours to 2 hours before the departure of all flights; domestic and international.

Ethiopian Airlines dispatches all-female crew for its historic Argentina flight
Ethiopian Airlines dispatches all-female crew for its historic Argentina flight

Passengers flying on Ethiopian Airlines can check-in online by following the steps below:

  1. Go to CHECK-IN ONLINE or click “web check-in” from the quick links section on the homepage to begin web check-in.
  2. Enter your name as it appears on your ticket (Passenger receipt). Also, enter the city of the beginning of your travel and Reservation Locator (PNR) or your Frequent Flyer Number and click “Continue”. This will locate your reservation and display your itinerary.
  3. Select your sex (if not entered before) and the leg of the flight you would like to check-in at the moment and click “Select or Change Seat”.
  4. On the next screen, you can change the seat that was assigned to you at the time of booking your flight. If no change is required proceed to the next step by clicking “check baggage”.
  5. The next page shows the “hazardous materials” information. Please read that and confirm if you do carry any of the listed materials.
  6. Follow onscreen instructions and print your boarding pass.

 

How to check Ethiopian Airlines ticket status

To check your ticket Status on the Ethiopian Airline, follow these steps:

  1. Visit the homepage of the Ethiopian Airline
  2. Click on Manage your booking
  3. Enter the booking reference number
  4. Enter the last Name on Ticket
  5. Click on the red button titled “Retrieve Booking” to display the necessary information on your air ticket status.
Flight attendant serves passengers with breakfast inside an Ethiopian Airlines ET314 flight to Eritrea's capital Asmara, from the Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia July 18, 2018. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri
Flight attendant serves passengers with breakfast inside an Ethiopian Airlines ET314 flight to Eritrea’s capital Asmara, from the Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia July 18, 2018. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri

Ethiopian Airlines is one of Africa’s finest and most preferred airlines. This is as a result of its reasonable and affordable fares and the quality of services provided on board.

Is Ethiopian Airlines safe?

Ethiopian Airlines, as the name suggests is the official and state-owned airline of the Ethiopian government. It was founded on December 21, 1945, but began operations on April 1946.

Although Ethiopian Airlines is the finest on the African continent, its safety is being questioned as a result of a disastrous air crash that the airline was involved. The Ethiopian Airlines crash happened on March 10th, 2019. The plane took off from the Addis Ababa Bole International Airport in Ethiopia and was heading to the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Kenya. However, the plane crashed about six minutes of take-off in an Ethiopian town called Bishoftu.

Flight attendant serves passengers with breakfast inside an Ethiopian Airlines ET314 flight to Eritrea's capital Asmara, from the Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia July 18, 2018. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri
Flight attendant serves passengers with breakfast inside an Ethiopian Airlines ET314 flight to Eritrea’s capital Asmara, from the Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia July 18, 2018. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri

Ethiopian Airlines is still safe to fly, however, if you doubt the safety of the airline, here are reviews on flights by passengers cited by Jetsanza.com on Quora.

“Yes, it is safe. Ethiopian Airlines is one of the safest in the world. The ET302 incident is an unfortunate one. It probably has something to do with the Boeing 737 Max 8. These planes are now suspended until the safety issue is cleared. So yes, it is safe. Fly Ethiopian!” said Helen Bekele

”It is safer now, than ever, to fly Ethiopian because they are more likely to take extra precautions about their flying standards now. Checks will be in place, pilots extra careful and overall would be a lot safer and more rigid than ever post this incident… which is true for most airlines post cases like this. However, do your research and take an informed decision… it is worth paying more money, if possible, to ensure and guarantee a safe flying experience. Fly safe!” said Preethi Rajkumar.

How much is Ethiopian Airlines ticket to Dubai

An Ethiopian Airlines flight from the Kotoka International Airport, Accra, Ghana to Dubai, United Arab Emirates ranges from a cool $400 to $10,000 for a return trip depending on class patronized.

Ethiopian Airlines PHOTO: Jetphotos
Ethiopian Airlines PHOTO: Jetphotos

Here is how to book a ticket online:

  1. Go to the website and select flight booking and depending on your trip go ahead with the choices provided.
  2. Choose a one-way, round-trip or multi-city flight and key in the origin and destination city, number of passengers, class of travel, departure date and in case of a round-trip, date of return as well.
  3. Customers who have a promo code could fill the same before hitting enter to get the best prices on flights. The Sheba Miles members could book a flight using their miles.

Ethiopian Airlines as the name suggests is the official and state-owned airline of Ethiopia. It was first founded on December 21, 1945 but began operations on April 1946.

The Ethiopian Airline is one of Africa’s finest airlines and most preferred airline by most Africans and visitors alike because of some of these benefits;

  1. Arrival Services

All passengers who arrive by Ethiopian airlines are welcomed by Customer Relations Officers who guide them through the luggage and passport control area and also through the transit exit depending on passenger’s plan.

  1. Flight Booking

Flight booking, particularly with Ethiopian Airlines, is very simple and convenient. Travellers can book a flight online and choose their preferred seat with the help of a digital map provided online by the airline.

  1. Lounges for Relaxation

For passengers who can afford for cloud nine services, plus gold and silver cardholders, have lounge services at their disposal.  Delicious meals, choice reading materials and wireless connection are some of the services one can and would enjoy on the lounge of the Ethiopian Airlines.

  1. The airline is disability-friendly

Ethiopian Airlines has many facilities for differently-abled passengers, unaccompanied minors, pregnant ladies, passengers travelling with pets, and services for customers with disabilities, like wheelchair assistance, seat assignments, and many more.