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What Plane Do You Feel Safest On?  
User currently offlineFlyABR From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 658 posts, RR: 0
Posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 4461 times:

folks, here is the list of planes i've had the opportunity to fly on so far:

727/737/757/767/A319/A320/DC10/DC9/SAAB340/DASH8

of all those planes, i feel safest on the 757. why? well, while waiting out a nearly 5 hour layover in MSP some time ago, i decided to check out the observation deck. it was interesting to see all different types of planes land and takeoff. but what i found really interesting is that NW 757s almost always took less runway length to get in the air vs even the DC9 or A320 which are considerably smaller aircraft! i'd always thought the 757 seemed to have a powerful takeoff. i guess that sorta confirmed it. anyway, for those reasons i feel very comfortable flying on the 757. the other aircraft just don't seem to have the "KICK" the 57 does...! anyone think i'm crazy? bee nice!

[Edited 2003-09-26 18:51:22]

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User currently offlineAIR757200 From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 1579 posts, RR: 7
Reply 1, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 4419 times:


Well, if it is flying in the U.S. and with F.A.A. oversight, I feel safest on any aircraft that you listed above.



User currently offlineCanadi>nBoy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 4350 times:

For me, it's not so much the aircraft type/equipment I fly on, it's the maintenance procedures and guidelines that the respective carrier has in place and adheres to. With that said, I always feel very secure flying Air Canada, most of the Euro carriers and some of the Asian based ones. Unfortunately, and I hate saying this, but I don't feel as secure flying on the American carriers. I try and avoid them at all costs.

I must say that I do have a quasi-phobia of small, lightweight aircraft, ie Beechcraft, Cessna, etc. Again, these aircraft may be well maintained, but my hesitancy to fly them is still present. Illogical, yes, but as I stated, it's a phobia of mine....kind of a "Buddy Holly Syndrome", if you will.


User currently offlineIflyORL From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 159 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 4327 times:

I think I feel safest on the MD-88. I can't really tell you while but they just feel much safer. I feel least safe on the MD-11 out of pure amount of incidents they have had and also the 777. They are just so big and powerful I feel like we are going to use up the whole runway.

User currently offlineFlyABR From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 658 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 4279 times:

the only real phobia or superstition i have is that i absolutely try to avoid sitting way in the back on planes that have rear fuselage mounted engines (ie...727...DC9...CRJ). i'm always afraid one of those fan blades might pierce the fuselage! and i don't like sitting in the aisle where if you look out the window you see the prop right there, like on say a saab 340. i guess we all have our idiosyncracies don't we... Big grin

User currently offlineContrails From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 1833 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 4225 times:

Anything built by Boeing.


Flying Colors Forever!
User currently offlineDC-10 Levo From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 3432 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 4202 times:

For some reason, I always feel safer flying Boeing. I just think that with all the new technology in Airbus jets, fly-by-wire rubbish, something could happen etc. Boeing's feel much safer. Unfortunately, I've only been on 2 Boeings. Big grin

DC-10


User currently offlineGamps From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 469 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 4178 times:

It appears original poster has equated safety with "having shortest take off roll". I am not sure if I agree with that.

May be the 320s you were watching was loaded with cargo? And 757s were flying empty? Can you please explain how having a short take off roll is "safest"?

I for one, like a long takeoff roll only because everytime someone takes off using half the runway I just pray that there is no tail impact!!

Cheers


User currently offline9V-SVC From Singapore, joined Oct 2001, 1797 posts, RR: 10
Reply 8, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 4177 times:

I feel safer flying on Airbus330 , Boeing 747-400 and Boeing 777 . These 3 are my favourite planes , I havent flown on the A340-500/600 so I cant really judge on those new birds .

Fly by wire rubbish ? Boeing 777 is also fly by wire by the way.



Airliners is the wings of my life.
User currently offlineTxAgKuwait From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 1803 posts, RR: 42
Reply 9, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 4160 times:

I always feel safest, probably for no good reason other than I have been on so many and (obviously) made it back alive....the 737.

Of all the 737 variants, the one I like the best is the -200.


User currently offlineB747FAN From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 82 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 4102 times:

Greetings,

Just check out my Username and that should give you some indication. ha.ha.ha.

I've never had a bad experience on a 747 (100, 200, 300 or 400 ) I just feel like i'm taken care off.

She is my queen, and my queen rules the sky.

B747FAN





) He turns not back who is bound to a star. - Leonardo Da Vinci.
User currently offlineEGGD From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 12443 posts, RR: 34
Reply 11, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 4083 times:

I feel safest on a 747, because its the biggest...

I enjoy smaller planes much more though!


User currently offlineTrnsWrld From United States of America, joined May 1999, 931 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 4031 times:

I know we are entitled to our own points and opinions, but some of the points that were made dont make much sense. Or cant be backed up by real facts For example..
GAMPS stated:
"for one, like a long takeoff roll only because everytime someone takes off using half the runway I just pray that there is no tail impact!!"

Why would an aircraft using only half the runway tailstrike where as one using 3/4 wouldnt?!??!? do you not realize pilots takeoff at certain speeds? If an aircraft has the power to get to that certain V speed only half way down the runway why would it have a greater chance of a tailstrike? I dunno you lost me on that one.

I feel perfectly comfortable flying any airline in the U.S. whether it be a Boeing or Airbus aircraft. As stated before it all comes down to how well the aircraft are maintained and how well the crew is trained. I for one know for a fact that pilots in the U.S. are trained VERY well.

[Edited 2003-09-26 20:09:01]

[Edited 2003-09-26 20:09:54]

User currently offlineJafa From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 782 posts, RR: 4
Reply 13, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 4027 times:

I don't have any compelling reasons, but I feel safest on Boeing aircraft. I have confidence in airbus, but I don't like the loud snap, crackle, & pop sounds the airbus makes on takeoff and landing. I am talking about the interior plastic door panels that snap, crackle and pop when the aircraft is being pressurized. It is most noticable when sitting in the FA jumpseats next to the doors. I feel less safe on widebodies due to the reasoning that they would be a more likely terrorist target than a narrowbody. If I had to pick one airplane I would say the 727. Since those are gone, I will go with the 757.

User currently offlineRkmcswain From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 222 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 3999 times:

CRJ

Why?
I feel like a small plane is easier to control (false)
CRJ's are fairly new, but broken in (so what?)
Seem to have a lot of power for their size. (so what again?)

Obviously, there is NO merit to any of those reasons, they simply exist to calm my subconscious I suppose.

Almost all aircraft accidents are a result of several things going wrong all at the same time - it can happen to a Cessna or a 747.


User currently offlineFlyABR From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 658 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 3976 times:

as you all can tell, i'm certainly no aviation expert...

right or wrong, i guess i'm equating short takeoff distances to having lots of reserve power. the kinda power you might need to avoid something like smashing into the ground during a thunderstorm downburst.

of course maybe the 757 wing allows it to takeoff at a lower speed vs say the much smaller DC9 or even the A320? i don't know...

just seems odd that such a big aircraft (757-200) seems to take less runway than some smaller planes...?


User currently offlineOB1783P From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 326 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 3973 times:

Mr. FlyABR's question is an interesting one, almost purely subjective. Obviously, the operator makes the biggest difference. But I myself feel safer when the engines are under the wings. Just the idea of being "pushed" by the engines of an MD80 as opposed to "carried" by the engines of a 767 is less comfortable. And personally, I feel incomparably safe in 777s and 744s. But I just flew in a series of decrepit 737s and 727s in Peru, and I still felt safe.

I would very much like to make a transpacific journey on China Airlines or on KAL too by the way  Big grin



I've flown thousands of miles and I can tell you it's a lot safer than crossing the street!
User currently offlineLHR340 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2003, 877 posts, RR: 1
Reply 17, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 3929 times:

I feel safer on Airbus aircraft - I flew the 757 and didn't feel safe on it at all so I don't really like flying on them. A320 & A321 are the safest I've felt on a plane.

LHR340



A340 LoVeR! EC-GQK - LHR The Bussiest International Airport & 3rd Bussiest In The World!
User currently offlineCitationX From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 110 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 3927 times:

Those who mention feeling safest in a 747 might want to check the accident rate by aircraft type statistics on www.airsafe.com. The 747 appears to have one of the poorest safety records among mainline air transports.

The 777 and the A330/340 series have not had any fatal accidents since their introductions. The 737NGs have also not had any fatal accidents.

The 777 and A330/340 series represents the state-of-the-art in air transport design and technology integration, so it stands to reason they would be the safest planes to fly.

These planes have benefited most by improved computers and better software integration, allowing for automatic monitoring of systems and flight controls. For instance, the FADEC systems controlling the engines can give pilots and mechanics both real-time and historical performance data, allowing nearly all potential engine failure modes to be accurately predicted and prevented.


User currently offlineFlyABR From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 658 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 3912 times:

jafa,

one thing that i've noticed on NW airbus aircraft is alot of undercarriage clanking and clunking during taxi. don't know what that is, but i've never noticed so much noise on other brand aircraft. doesn't make me feel unsafe...just sounds odd...


User currently offlineGamps From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 469 posts, RR: 1
Reply 20, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 3842 times:

TrnsWrld,

It was not a technical statement, just my opinion! Just like how some fellow posters have mentioned about how they don't feel comfortable sitting at the back in planes with backmounted engines. I guess my reasoning was in addition to the phobia about tail strike, the uneasiness the short take off brings - to the ears, pressed against the seat hard etc. Just my opinion and I did not mean to say that short take off means tail strikes.

Cheers


User currently offlineKilavoud From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 3808 times:

Four engines, it sounds obvious, and a 747-400 for the pleasure of being suspended in the air with many people. Regards. Kilavoud.

User currently offlineSabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 3808 times:

I feel safe on every plane I fly on, otherwise I wouldn't board it.

Patrick


User currently offlineLeviticus From New Zealand, joined Oct 2007, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 3765 times:

I feel safe on the MD80s,90s and the Boeing 747s and 757s

User currently offlineJhooper From United States of America, joined Dec 2001, 6204 posts, RR: 12
Reply 24, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 3720 times:

I feel safest on the 777. It's old enough to be a proven design but not old enough where age is really a factor. Plus I know they put alot into it's design and has all the modern doo dads, etc.




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25 Captain_777 : I feel safest on the plane that I'm on...A310. Why? Because I'm right there while it's flying.
26 ElPelon : if it´s not boeing, i´m not going!!! Just kidding.. I feel safe on any well maintained a/c..
27 Post contains images Scbriml : I feel safest on the last plane that I just got off. Every time! Seriously, you should feel safe on any aircraft flown by any major airline. Having sa
28 Goingboeing : 737 for me. Based on an article I read in Flying magazine a few years ago. They mentioned that you pretty much had to be at or below 10,000 feet 30 mi
29 Tommy767 : Boeing 757 is my personal choice Boeing 737NG I feel are pretty safe. Boeing 767 as well. I do not feel as safe on an MD-80 or 727 b/c they are so low
30 Scbriml : DC-10 Levo, You'd better get some flying in pretty quick, before every plane out there is "fly-by-wire" rubbish!
31 ConcordeBoy : while I rarely feel unsafe on any Western aircraft, I must say that the largest feeling of protection/security comes from the 777 family for me.
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