A husband and wife App development firm named Vanilla Pixel has launched an iPhone app to reassure nervous flyers. Using publicly available statistics, the App is intended to calculate the likelihood of a plane crash. The app takes safety statistics for every airline, aircraft model, and airport, and uses this information to calculate the odds of any given flight “going down”.
App users can simply input the details of their planned journey, leaving the app to calculate just how likely it is that the plane will crash. As an example, those traveling from New York JFK to London Heathrow on a British Airways Boeing 747-400 will find that they have a 1 in 9,283,062 chance of a crash, with a crash only likely should they take the same flight every day for 25,433 years. In addition, the App ranks worldwide airlines and aircrafts based on their records.
‘Am I Going Down?’ has been created primarily for those who have a fear of flying, with the statistics showing that while air crashes may make the headlines, the likelihood of issues occurring on any given flight is actually very low. This app is also likely to appeal to anybody who has an interest in flight safety statistics, crash statistics or in comparing various airlines and aircraft.
Co-founder at Vanilla Pixel and lead developer on the project, Nic Johns stated, “Our inspiration for this new app was personal, and stemmed from a fear of flying. Our aim is to help to reassure those who are worried about the safety risks involved when flying, proving – through the use of statistics – that airline travel is actually very safe.”
The ‘Am I Going Down?’ app is available from the Apple AppStore for US$0.99/GB£0.79. For more information or to download the app, visit http://appstore.com/amigoingdown