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Inflight Medical Emergency

Graham Marshall - Friday, May 31, 2013

The chance of being on a flight which is disrupted by a medical emergency are just over 1 chance in 600.

According to the New England Journal of Medicine, medical emergencies occur on 1 in every 604 flights in the USA.

That works out at about 44,000 medical emergencies each year in the USA alone.  .

Only about 0.3 per cent of medical emergencies result in a fatality however.

And in 75 per cent of emergencies, a trained health professional on board came forward to help once the call for assistance was made by the Pilot.


So your odds of surviving a on-board medical emergency seem pretty good. 

Across the World, there are nearly 95,000 commercial flights made each day and on average, about 157 of these flights are affected by a medical emergency.

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