Why is flying safer than driving, and why do planes crash?

It certainly seems that flying is not as safe as it seems, since you would never know when a catastrophe may occur on the plane. But when you drive, you are in control of the wheel, although you're not in control of other drivers. Also, when a plane crashes, it would take away more lives than any other... show more It certainly seems that flying is not as safe as it seems, since you would never know when a catastrophe may occur on the plane. But when you drive, you are in control of the wheel, although you're not in control of other drivers.

Also, when a plane crashes, it would take away more lives than any other accident, since it would snatch lives from both the plane and sometimes the ground too. You're more likely to die on a plane than a car, if this is true. When a car crashes, wouldn't there be more injuries than death?

The fact that planes crash here and there at some times in the year totally baffles me. It just doesn't make any sense whatsoever that planes crash. I understand why cars crash, always due to driver error, but in planes, there should be no such things as "plane crashes," "pilot error," "Controlled Flight Into Terrain," "Inclement weather causing crashes," "Mid-air collisions", or other factors since pilots are highly trained and the planes are well-maintained.

So why do planes crash, if it's called the safest form of transportation?
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