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The risk related to aviation is also highlighted in this graphic depicting mortality in the US Air Force. In this branch of the US military, air flight is a primary mode of operation. Deaths from air crashes, though, are not at the top of the list of causes of death. They represent only 10% of all deaths observed in the Air Force.

In general, the risks from air travel are perceived to be higher than they actually are.

Sources: US Air Force AL/AOP

Powell KE, Fingerhut LA, Branche CM, Perrotta DM. Deaths due to Injury in the Military. American Journal of Preventive Medicine 2000; 18(3S):26-32.