How safe is flying on a plane?

Well, I was considering flying somewhere within a month or 2 but yesterday I read this article http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/23940276/ and now I'm just considering driving the 13 hours there where I need to go. The plane was much quicker and that's why I was considering it, but after reading that article and... show more Well, I was considering flying somewhere within a month or 2 but yesterday I read this article http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/23940276/ and now I'm just considering driving the 13 hours there where I need to go. The plane was much quicker and that's why I was considering it, but after reading that article and never having been on an airplane before I'm sort of stuck. Can anyone give me some advice on this or tell me some of their experiences when flying? If this helps the duration was estimated at 4 hours. Thanks in advance for anyone who answers.
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