Who amongst us doesn't want to live forever.
It's a desire hardwired in all organisms, not just in humans.
Although overall flight safety is probably higher than crossing the road in Edison, New Jersey or driving down New Jersey Turnpike in rush hour, yet there's a deep-seated fear in all of us about plane crashes.
World's Safest Airlines
So which are the world's safest airlines?
The bad news first.
The world's safest airline is not Air India.
No, none of the American airlines figure in the Top-10 either.
Now, isn't that depressing?
After all, America is where modern aviation took flight in the early part of the 20th century.
The world's safest airline in 2012 turned out to be Finnair, according to Jacdec (Jet Airliner Crash Data Evaluation Centre).
JetBlue is the only American airline to make it to the Top-20 safest airlines (No-14).
Here's the list of Top-10 safest airlines in 2012:
Jacdec's ranking is said to be based on safety calculations that include all hull loss accidents and serious incidents in the last 30 years of operations in relation to the revenue passsenger kilometers (RPK) in the same time.
The ranking also takes into account international safety benchmarks such as the IOSA Audit and the USOAP country factor.
Jacdec added a time weightening factor that increases the effect of recent accidents and weakens the impact of accidents in the past.
Note to All Über-Paranoid Flyers - To allay your fears about a plane crash, the next time you fly you might want to pick one of the above airlines.