This Article from the daily mail makes some interesting (and rather ludicrous) claims, but one stuck out to me specifically. The article argues that higher cancellation rates/lower occupancy on transportation involved in accidents could be evidence that humans have some sort of 6th sense forewarning them of disaster.
...One famous study from the Fifties found that trains involved in accidents often had fewer passengers than the same service the week before. The theory is that commuters have some sense of an approaching accident and alter their travel plans.
Interestingly, the vacancy rate on all four flights that crashed on September 11, 2001, was high. On the Boeing 757 that crashed into the Pentagon, only 64 of 289 seats were taken. Meanwhile, the planes that crashed into the World Trade Centre's North and South Towers were 74 and 81 per cent empty. Indeed, the occupancy rate of all four doomed planes that day was a mere 21 per cent - despite being commuter services.
regardless of whether or not this is related to some sort of "sixth sense", do these claims check out? Does transportation involved in accidents have a lower occupancy? If so, is the data statistically significant enough to show something is going on?