How to Get Capt. Sully Sullenberger as Your Pilot and Other Tips for Picking the Safest Flight

"Please do not think I exaggerate when I say that I do not know a single professional airline pilot who wants his or her children to follow in their footsteps," he said. "I am worried that the airline piloting profession will not be able to continue to attract the best and the brightest."

So are there any airlines to avoid?

Yes, Nance said, but mostly in Africa, maybe Russia and some other developing nations.

"This is worse than trying to find out what doctors to avoid," he said.

Perhaps the easier thing to do, is to check out the European Union's list of airlines that are banned from operating in European airspace. Most of these airlines don't actually fly to Europe, but it's a good starting point for concern.

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