There's something weird going on with this poll: if you look at the previous polls, there are typically between 500 and 1,500 votes per poll, with the highest being just over 2000 (a poll that ran during the Farnborough Air Show, a very busy time for the site). This poll, with five days to go, already has 12,500 votes! Something's very fishy here...
Yellekc From United States of America, joined May 2006, 30 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 3555 times:
Quoting ThePRGuy (Reply 7): Statistically anyone that votes for Boeing is a moron, as they, statiscally don't build the safest aircraft.
It would have to be Airbus I think...
Statistically statistics can be skewed to promote any viewpoint. Are you comparing all aircraft built in Boeing's 90 year history vs. Airbus's 36 years? Then of course Airbus would seem better, more modern technology. Are Boeing military aircraft included? Are you citing all crashed, or just ones caused by manufacturing defects?
"There are three types of lies - lies, damn lies, and statistics."
I believe all manufacturers build great safe aircraft, and yes this poll is stupid.
CYatUK From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2006, 812 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 3555 times:
I am not intending to vote but since the safety of planes is mentioned, I could not help mentioning that on 14th August (one year since Helios B737-300 crash), a local Cypriot newspaper has published some details which (they claim) are to be included in Greek CAA report, due to be published in early September.
The accident is believed to be due to human error as the pilots did not realise that the cabin altitude was increasing (pressurization switch was left on manual by engineer the previous night when testing the back door). However, the newspaper claims that the report will also be criticizing Boeing for not installing a separate alarm to alert pilots for failing cabin pressure (the alarm is the same as for other problems that may occur during flight).
Similar problems have occurred with the 737-300 series operated by other airliners (I think Astraeus was the most recent one when there was rapid decompression when the plane was flying at high altitude).