KLM apologizes after tweeting: ‘The fatality rate for seats in the middle of the plane is the highest.’

WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:

  • Dutch airline KLM issued an apology after its regional Twitter account in India tweeted about the seat location in a plane you are most likely to die in a crash.
  • Citing a 2015 article by Time magazine, KLM India tweeted: “The fatality rate for seats in the middle of the plane is the highest.”
  • According to The Washington Post, KLM India deleted the tweet roughly 12 hours after it was posted.

Dutch airline KLM issued an apology after its regional Twitter account in India tweeted about the seat location in a plane you are most likely to die in a crash.

Citing a 2015 article by TIME magazine, KLM India on Wednesday tweeted: “According to data studies by Time, the fatality rate for seats in the middle of the plane is the highest. However, the fatality rate for the seats in the front is marginally lesser and is least for seats at the rear third of the plane.”

The June 2015 TIME article read: “The analysis found that the seats in the back third of the aircraft had a 32% fatality rate, compared with 39% in the middle third and 38% in the front third.”

According to The Washington Post, KLM India deleted the tweet roughly 12 hours after it was posted, after the newspaper contacted the airline.

KLM wrote that the airline “apologizes for any distress the tweet may have caused” and “will be reviewing our Twitter protocol to better ensure appropriate content.”

KLM India also tweeted an apology, saying:

“The post was based on a publicly available aviation fact, and isn’t a KLM opinion. It was never our intention to hurt anyone’s sentiments. The post has since been deleted.”

that it wasn’t sharing an opinion and did not want to hurt anyone.

US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) communications manager Lynn Lunsford told the Post that there is no clear data on the issue of what parts of a plane would be safest in a crash.

“Many people have tried and failed to produce a scientifically defensible answer to this question,” Lunsford said. “There are too many variables, and this is the important one — so few accidents — that a simple answer is probably not statistically defensible.”

KLM India has an ongoing weekly trivia game about the aviation industry and the tweet was posted as part of it. The airline asks its followers questions about the trivia and gives prizes to winners from Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

Source: Business Insider

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