Since the metro jet crash I’ve been a little more concerned about becoming an airline pilot, should I be worried?
Answer by Leon Wilde:
No. If we are talking about a part 121 job in the USA.
Worrying doesn't do any good. In this case it would be unwarranted.
If you are thinking about other aviation jobs, like flying MD-80's in Africa, the odds change considerably. I had a good friend, with tens of thousands of hours die in a crash in Africa. Best they can figure out, they had an engine fire shortly after takeoff (prob due to bad maintenance)
He had a non-US trained first officer who panicked and pulled the wrong fire handle, killing the only good remaining engine only a couple thousand feet from the ground.
It is a mistake anyone could make, but generally experienced pilots do not, as they have practiced it untold number of times in the simulator.
I have had engine problems, small electrical fires, and massive failures due to a lightning strike. Due to my training and that of the other pilot, most didn't require declaring an emergency, or even priority handling thanks to our training, experience, and operating specs.
This is true of both the regional and major US carriers operating under part 121. Part 135, 91, or other areas vary, but in general the US carriers are pretty good.
Heck, we haven't even lost an airplane in war in how long?
If I were you, I would be more worried about the expense of training, crappy pay and life at the regionals. Once you get there, the most dangerous part of your day will be the drive to work.