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Old Oct 10, 2012, 08:31 AM
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Earlier it was mentioned that you are less likely to be struck by lightning than to be injured or killed by an RC plane. Well, the standard is unexpectedly stiff, as lightning kills some 24,000 and injures about 240,000 people per year worldwide according to the National Lightning Safety Institute's International Lightning Safety Initiative.

There's no way that RC even INJURES 24,000 people per year. But among the reasons for its relative safety is the fact that everyone but the troll treats its hazardous component seriously, realizing that the object is to have fun, not spend the day at the emergency room.

300 people a year choke to death on hot dogs and I'll bet that is more than are killed by RC planes by 200 times. In the United States we've killed an average of about 700 bicyclists per year since 2003. But we don't measure hazard by how many people die. We measure hazard by the potential for injury or death. There definitely IS that potential in RC planes, either electric or IC.
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