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B707 Safety Record - Another Time, Another Place  
User currently offlineJustloveplanes From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 1228 posts, RR: 1
Posted (11 years 8 months 4 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 4173 times:

I did some reviewing on the clipper heritage web site http://www.panam.com/ and found that 12 707's were lost in some incident or other with Pan Am over the years (probably something like one every two years).

Though not as good as today's standards, I'm feel sure it was still much better than auto safety of the day, which was probably much worse then even in a relative sense. We've come a long way safety wise. Any safety stats out there, jet versus auto for 50's through today?

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User currently offlineOB1783P From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 329 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (11 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 4064 times:

Hi Just:

Even at the time, PanAm's safety record with the 707 was not the greatest. Try to read the book SKYGODS for some deeper insight.

Another carrier with bad "luck" with the 707 was Air France.

Just compare the record of PanAm and Air France to that of Lufthansa or BOAC, or TWA for that matter. You can do that at


But you are absolutely right: the progress in safety is amazing with the newest generation.

I don't know when flying became safer than driving. But it was probably in the prop days. Driving is also getting safer, or at least I hope so...

I've flown thousands of miles and I can tell you it's a lot safer than crossing the street!
User currently offlineGreg From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (11 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 4049 times:

It is said that not a single Pan Am destination in the Pacific does not have a 707 carcass laying around.

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