Is flying safe? What is the safest plane? Ask the Captain

What is the safest airplane?  

– KD, BC

Any of the airplanes flown by the major airlines built in the U.S., Europe, Canada, or Brazil are safe, and modern airliners are full of safety features.

When you board an airliner, you enter a highly regulated world, crewed by highly trained people, separated by highly trained air traffic controllers that is full of safety features. Many of these safety features are not obvious to the typical passenger.

The design and certification of airliners require redundancy of critical systems, very often with multiple backup systems. An example is hydraulic systems, which powers the flight controls, retraction and extension of the landing gear, and the moveable panels on the front and back of the wing (slats and flaps). There are three independent hydraulic systems or two hydraulic systems with a standby system for use if one fails. Larger airplanes have four independent systems. The means if one system is lost it does not affect the ability to control the aircraft.