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1 minute that will convince you flying is safer than ever

Joss Fong is a founding member of the Vox video team and a producer focused on science and tech. She holds a master's degree in science, health, and environmental reporting from NYU.

With TransAsia flight 235 crashing in Taiwan this week, after a year of several horrifying accidents, it may seem like plane crashes are becoming more frequent. But while the images of the wreckage tend to stick in our minds and amplify our visceral fear of heights, flying has actually become much safer over recent decades.

Further reading: 2014 was a surprisingly safe year for air travel