WALL STREET JOURNAL’S FOOLISH STORY IS WELL REFUTED BY AIR CHARTER SAFETY FOUNDATION

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ARTICLE: Charter Leader Challenges WSJ Aviation Safety Claims

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Abraham Lincoln is alleged to have said

“You can fool all the people some of the time and some of the people all the time but you cannot fool all the people all the time.”

Proof of that aphorism is demonstrated by this exchange of headlines between an October 24 Wall Street Journal article and the reply by the Air Charter Safety Foundation President, Bryan Burns, in AINOnLine.com dated November 12 (attached).

The numbers cited by the WSJ were intended to create the impression that travel by charter business aircraft was increasingly unsafe; the figure cited was “140 people have died in non-airline commercial aircraft crashes during the first 10 months of this year.” That is a number likely to scare anyone considering such a flight.

Mr. Bryan has replied with the following winnowing of the facts: every fatality cited by the newspaper involved aircraft operating internationally in “…places like Nepal, Russia, Sudan, Brazil, Ukraine, Nigeria and Pakistan.”

The foolish writing/research by the WSJ has been carefully refuted, thanks to Mr. Burns. The US aviation safety record for all forms of air transportation is exemplary and attains such high performance because of the dedicated aviation professionals who operate, pilot and maintain those aircraft.

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