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Old 09-23-2005, 05:19 PM
BruceZ BruceZ is offline
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Default Re: Probability of dying (no poker content)

When parachute-jumping off a plane

When bunjee jumping
When riding a bike
Travelling by plane

anyone know a website with tehse stats?


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I read a couple of these stats in an article about thrill-seeking in Men's Health magazine about 15 years ago. Parachute jumping was listed at 1 death per 100,000 jumps, with most of the deaths being caused by the plane crashing since that tended to kill everyone (I don't know why they didn't use their chutes). Bungee jumping is extremely safe if run by certified individuals. I believe it is comparable to roller coasters which are 1 death per 100 million rides. Hang gliding was listed as 1 death in 4000 flights per year.

Large commercial airliners have very safe records with death rates of 1 in some millions, but smaller charter planes can be much more dangerous, at least an order of magnitude and perhaps more than one order of magnitude, even when they appear to bear the name of a large airline.

I found a stat for driving in the US in this article as 1.5 deaths per 100 million miles driven. Here are some more odds of dying in various ways.
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