|Photo by Aero Icarus|
There are various sources that peg the odds of dying in a plane crash somewhere in the range of one in a couple million for any given flight, but perhaps the risk published by the national safety council tells a better story. They publish information about what the odds of dying from a particular cause over the course of a lifetime on their website here (helpfully, they note that the overall odds of dying by any cause is 1 in 1).
Odds of dying by "Air and Space Incidents": 1 in 8,357
Odds of dying by "Choking from Inhalation and Ingestion of Food": 1 in 3,649
Odds of dying by "Motor Vehicle Crash": 1 in 112
...and there you have it. Getting on a plane is objectively much safer than things we do every day, like drive to work or eat anything at all.
Of course, there is also the subjective experience, which is often feel that things we don't have control in (like being a passenger in a flying metal tube) are more dangerous than things that we feel we have control over (like pilot a metal cube on a highway with thousands of other metal cubes that act completely on their own). Hopefully, being able to look at the actual odds can help us more rationally judge the risk (and control our fear, if the recent news is bothering you) when we do need to take the next trip on a plane.