Airline excuses tweeting about your possibilities of enduring an airplane crash

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A KLM local account erased and excused a tweet about your possibilities of enduring an airplane crash.


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Dutch airline company KLM’s Indian branch apologized on Wednesday for tweeting about the effect of your option of seat on your possibilities of enduring a aircraft crash. The since-deleted preliminary tweet cheerily notified us that “Seats at the back of a plane are the safest!” prior to delving into death rates.

“According to data studies by Time, the fatality rate for the seats in the middle of the plane is the highest,” the tweet said. “However, the fatality rate for the seats in the front is marginally lesser and is least for seats at the rear third of a plane.”

The “data studies by Time” it pointed out originated from a 2015 post’s conclusion that the back middle seats had the greatest survival rate (28%), based upon the Federal Aviation Administration’s 1985-to-2000 mishap database. The post likewise kept in mind that the scenarios of the crash are a much larger aspect than your option of seat.

The airline company erased the tweet about 12 hours after it was published, according to The Washington Post, and later on tweeted an apology.

“We would like to sincerely apologise for a recent update. The post was based on a publically available aviation fact, and isn’t a @KLM opinion,” it wrote. “It was never our intention to hurt anyone’s sentiments.”


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In an emailed statement, the FAA noted that the data KLM cited was questionable.

“Many people have tried and failed to produce a scientifically defensible answer to this question,” an FAA spokesperson wrote. “There are too many variables, and this is the important one — so few accidents — that a simple answer is not possible.”

KLM declined to add further comment.

First published at 5:07 a.m. PT.
Updated at 7 a.m. PT: Adds KLM response.



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