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Shortest Lived Airliners?  
User currently offlineKaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 13265 posts, RR: 34
Posted (14 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 1450 times:

Some time ago, while thumbing through the Jet Airliner Production List, I came across a Convair 880 belonging to Delta Airlines, which crashed within a month of delivery, while training at ATL. I wondered if this could be the shortest lived airliner. But it wasn't; there are others, one lasting only a day:

3/3/53 Canadian Pacific Comet 1A; delivered 2/3/53 and crashed in India. CF-FUN

26/6/88 Air France A320-100 at Habsheim. Delivered 23/6/88 (3 days old). F-GFKC

1/10/66 West Coast Airlines DC9-10. Crashed PDX; delivered 16/9/66 (15 days). N9101

23/5/60 Delta CV880. Delivered 6/5/60. Crashed ATL.

11/7/61 United DC8-12. Delivered 16/6/61. Ran off runway at DEN. 25 days.

30/5/61 (NB, barely 2 months before the above). KLM DC8-53, PH-DCL, crashed into sea shortly after t/o from LIS. Delivered 1/5/61 - 29 days old.

In addition, a Braniff 707-227 crashed on a dry riverbed during a pre-delivery test flight.

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User currently offlineTeva From France, joined Jan 2001, 1881 posts, RR: 15
Reply 1, posted (14 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 1388 times:

In addition to that list, there is an aircraft still flying, but that had a few problems after a few month of operations: the first AF 747-400 (F-GITA)
This aircraft found the Tahiti lagoon so beautiful that she didn't hesitate to enjoy sea...
(Last Xmas, an Hawaiian DC10 had the same idea...)
BTW, if you have a picture , do not hesitate to put it on A.net!

Ecoute les orgues, Elles jouent pour toi...C'est le requiem pour un con
User currently offlineAFa340-300E From France, joined May 1999, 2084 posts, RR: 25
Reply 2, posted (14 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 1360 times:


F-GITA was eventually repaired and was brought back to service.

Best regards,
Alain Mengus

User currently offlineRIX From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 1895 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (14 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days ago) and read 1321 times:

Well, CP Comet1A crashed during delivery flight take-off in Karachi, Pakistan. See http://surf.to/comet for more details.

User currently offlineL-1011-500 From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 368 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (14 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 1295 times:

There was the prototype Airbus A330 that crashed a few years back during training flights in France. Believe it killed both the pilot and co-pilot.

User currently offlineTravellin'man From United States of America, joined May 2001, 530 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (14 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 1265 times:

The Swissair MD-11 which crashed at Peggy's Cove in 1998 couldn't have been too old.
How about the Gulf Air A320 that crashed near Bahrain last year?

It is not enough to be rude; one must also be incorrect.
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