Pilots Live Longer Study Proves

Pilots live longer on average than people in England and Wales, a new survey reveals.

British Airways has completed a major study on the life expectancy and causes of death of its flight crew from 1950 to 1992.

The results show the mortality rate for British Airways’ pilots was 61 per cent of that for the England and Wales population as a whole. For flight engineers the figure was even lower at 56 per cent.

The research studied 6,209 male pilots and 1,153 male flight engineers employed by the airline for at least a year, and compared their death rate with the overall population of England and Wales.

In terms of life expectancy for those aged 55 to 65, longhaul pilots and flight engineers live four to five years longer. For shorthaul pilots the advantage is two to three years.