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The Hard Truth About Malaysia 370

No amount of rules can completely eliminate the risk of flying.

It might not be what we want to hear.

Photographer: Goh Chai Hin/AFP/Getty Images

Modern aviation may be the safest complex system ever devised. Each day, 100,000 flights take off and land with prosaic regularity. Accidents are so rare that, almost by definition, they mean something unprecedented has happened.

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