Aircraft Pilots and Flight Engineers
Aircraft pilots and flight engineers shoulder one of the most perilous professions, bearing the responsibility for the safe operation of various aircraft. Their role encompasses flying and navigating airplanes, helicopters, and other aircraft, making critical decisions based on flight data, weather reports, and air traffic control instructions. They also perform pre-flight checks and ensure that all safety protocols are meticulously followed, reflecting their commitment to safety.
This profession exposes pilots and flight engineers to a wide array of hazards and risks. These include the challenges of high altitudes and low oxygen levels, turbulence and severe weather conditions, potential mechanical failures of aircraft components, fatigue and stress from extended flight hours, radiation exposure during flight, and contact with hazardous chemicals and gases within the aircraft cabin. There’s also the ever-present risk of collision with other aircraft and the looming threats of terrorism and hijacking. The fatal injury rate for these professionals is strikingly high, standing at 48.6 fatalities per 100,000 workers. The most common causes of injury and death encompass aircraft crashes, in-flight medical emergencies, exposure to hazardous chemicals and gases, collision with other aircraft, pilot error, mechanical failure of aircraft parts, weather-related incidents, and the ongoing threat of terrorism and hijacking.