Surviving Holiday Air Travel December 29, 2008 By Freakonomics Time‘s Amanda Ripley reminds us that last week’s crash of a Continental Airlines Jet in Denver wasn’t especially unusual. That’s because, as is typical of plane crashes, everyone survived. In this case, flight attendants and passengers worked together to evacuate the plane quickly after it veered off the runway during takeoff, crashing into a ditch and bursting into flames. Levitt blogged recently about the surprisingly good odds of making it out of a plane crash (as high as 19 in 20, according to government statistics). But if flying is so safe, would you do it without a pilot?