PhilB From Ireland, joined May 1999, 2915 posts, RR: 13
Reply 6, posted (13 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 9711 times:
Well it isn't Qantas after the Bangkok accident and it certainly isn't El Al (remember Amsterdam and a certain 747 crash?).
This is an unanswerable question - as Iwrite every time it comes up.
Just as Concorde was thought to be the safest aircraft until last July (it wasn't, until then one hadn't crashed but there had been many safety incidents), it is statistically now relatively unsafe on the basis of percentage of airframe losses.
You have to define this question in terms of:
Loss of life
non fatal injuries
major airframe damage
minor airframe damage.
An airline might injure a few dozen passengers one year, according to the statistics (but they may all be hurt in one turbulence incident) and that- until then - very safe airline slips down the ratings.
Had the Qantas 747 at Bangkok carried on a few yards further at a somewhat faster speed, there would have been deaths. The accident preserved the Qantas safety myth in the public mind and Qantas spent a fortune and bucked their insurer's decision to scrap the aircraft so that they could continue their record of not losing a jet hull. Yet the report slams the CRM and the company standards and training.
EIPremier From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 1550 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (13 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 9701 times:
P.S. Whats the deal with Midwest Express getting a "D"? I was kind of surprised by that.
All they look at is the number of accidents compared to the number of departures. Midwest Experss has only had one fatal accident, but they are a small and relatively young airline, so their "accident rate" is calculated to be higher than other carriers.
V Jet From Australia, joined May 1999, 719 posts, RR: 2
Reply 18, posted (13 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days ago) and read 9576 times:
" The accident preserved the Qantas safety myth in the public mind and Qantas spent a fortune and bucked their insurer's decision to scrap the aircraft so that they could continue their record of not losing a jet hull."
Mac From United States of America, joined May 2001, 293 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (13 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 9574 times:
Southwest Airlines has one of the best safety records if not the best. However, I don't know if Southwest would be catagorized as one of the industries major airlines compared with Quantas, United, El Al and the rest.