6 January 2010
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Q.In ten years, witch of plains or boats over the world crashed most
A.Boats have crashed more than aeroplanes over the last 10 years. Statistically, aeroplanes are the safest form of transport (deaths per passenger mile).
Q.Why are plane cabin lights dimmed for night landings?
A.Aeroplane cabin lights are dimmed on taking off/landing to accustom the passengers' eyes to the dark in case there is an emergency and the power fails.
Q.What does the average jumbo jet weigh?
A.A Boeing 747 jumbo jet weighs up to 402,900lbs when empty and up to 870,000lbs with passengers and cargo on takeoff. It has 152 windows.
Q.how many planes are in the sky throughout the world on average at any one time
A.There are around 14,000 commercial passenger aircraft in the world, with 3,500 being in the air at any time. There are 50,000 commercial takeoffs a day.
Q.Do planes often get struck by lightening
A.Aeroplanes are not earthed & are, on average, struck by lightning twice per year. However, the metal casing protects the passengers from the electricity.