According to an Associated Press analysis of National Transportation Safety Board data examination air passengers are today far more likely to survive a serious accident than 30 years ago. From 1962 to 1981, 54 percent of people in plane crashes were killed. From 1982 to 2009, that figure improved to 39 percent. This is mainly due to several advances in aviation technology and training.
Much more stronger seats that can withstand forces up to 16 times that of gravity.
Fire retardant materials.
Improved exits. Doors on planes are much simpler to open.
Better crew training.
New and better technology.