We flew from the Sao Paulo International Airport of Sao Paulo Guarulhos and flew into the secondary airport in Rio called Santos Dumont. Santos Dumont is likely the smallest airport I have ever flown into as it was created with land that was "reclaimed" from the sea back in the 1930's. Now I know that is not all that comforting to me in terms of "reclaiming" land from the ocean and landing planes on to it. However, it was a smooth landing even if the seats on WebJet planes, a local Brazilian airline, are extremely small. I thought my seat arrangements on the flight from New York to Sao Paulo a month ago were bad, but these seats would barely fit a large child, let alone a large man like myself. Back to the airport and its safety.
|The Santos Dumont runways "Reclaimed from the Sea"|
Worldwide averages show the following accidents:
|Deaths per billion passenger-journeys||Deaths per billion passenger-hours||Deaths per billion passenger-kilometres|
|Bus: 4.3||Bus: 11.1||Air: 0.05|
|Rail: 20||Rail: 30||Bus: 0.4|
|Van: 20||Air: 30.8||Rail: 0.6|
|Car: 40||Water: 50||Van: 1.2|
|Foot: 40||Van: 60||Water: 2.6|
|Water: 90||Car: 130||Car: 3.1|
|Air: 117||Foot: 220||Bicycle: 44.6|
|Bicycle: 170||Bicycle: 550||Foot: 54.2|
|Motorcycle: 1640||Motorcycle: 4840||Motorcycle: 108.9|
In the United States, facts show that the likelihood of a fatal accident, is more than eight times greater when driving all of the way than when flying. Now I did not perform the actual research so I cannot really provide "Assurance" despite my background as an auditor, however these are pretty much in line with my "expectations" (another form of audit procedure). Any way you dice it, motorcycles are the most dangerous, including in Sao Paulo, where an average of one Motorcyclist dies each day from an accident.
At that rate, I would take the odds of landing on this "reclaimed land". Besides, I'm in Rio, and the "Juice was worth the Squeeze" into the small plane and runway. Now we are sitting in the Executive Lounge thanks to Ryan's Gold Status at Marriott. Beaches and Caipirinhas await!