Elon Musk Says Air Turbulence Is Not a Big Deal

The Tesla CEO is building capsules that carry humans to space.

It is one of the reasons that lead some people to give up air travel. For many people, it is one of the causes of their fear of flying.

"While turbulence is normal and happens often, it can be dangerous," warns the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). "

Its bumpy ride can cause passengers who are not wearing their seat belts to be thrown from their seats without warning."

From 1980 through 2008, U.S. air carriers had 234 turbulence accidents, resulting in 298 serious injuries and three fatalities.

"In recent years turbulence caused more than one third of air carrier accidents," said  the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).

Elon Musk, however, believes that you should not be scared of turbulence because the plane is not going to crash.

Elon points out that the wings of an airplane can withstand extremely powerful forces. 

It started with a tweet: "Airplane wings aren't some rigid chunks of metal: in fact, they probably have a bit more flex than you'd expect.

This is the behavior of a Boeing 747's wing in a turbulence," the user posted on Oct. 14, with a video showing a wing of an airplane.

Musk seems to agree with what the user expressed.

"People should never fear turbulence," Elon Musk said. "Commercial airliner wings can handle insane amounts of bending."