The 747-400, the most common passenger version in service, is among the fastest airliners in service with a high-subsonic cruise speed of Mach 0.85–0.855 (up to 570 mph)
In 2003 it was reported there was a 65% jump in the number of birds hitting engines. Thee FAA is studying this as the average jet engine can only handle a strike from birds weighing about 4 lbs. max. So lets understand this, a plane can withstand a lightning strike but not a bird??
It may comfort you to know 95.7 percent of people involved in plane crashes survive.
A average 747 has around 150-175 miles of wiring in it.
On a three hour flight the human body can lose up to 1.5 quarts of water.
On an average day, air traffic controllers handle 28,537 commercial flights, 27,178 general aviation flights (private planes), 24,548 air taxi flights (planes for hire), 5,260 military flights and 2,148 air cargo flights.
Although wings look rock solid they are designed to flex. During takeoff, the wing of the A380 will flex upward as much as 13 feet
Two million passengers in the U.S. board more than 30,000 flights every day.