SafetyDude From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3795 posts, RR: 16 Posted (12 years 3 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 1595 times:
Ok I have a question.
11/12 AA A300 flight crashes.
9/11 AA and UAL have planes hijacked.
July 96 TWA Flight 800 crashes
March 92 USAir plane crashes
Jan 90 Avianca (is that US?) crashes
June 75 Eastern plan crashes
Feb 65 ANOTHER Eastern plane crashes
March 62 AA plan crashes
Dec 60 UAL and TWA planes collide midair
Feb 59 AA Plane crashes.
Most of these are just NY Crashes. There are a few exceptions (Egyptair and Swissair) is it me or do the US airliners have bad fate?
Penguinflies From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 980 posts, RR: 0 Reply 4, posted (12 years 3 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 1541 times:
Maybe it is proportional to the amount of flying that is done. 700 million Americans flew last year and the numbers are projected to increase year over year.
700 MILLION people, that's just under 3996 flights each day on a 480 seat 747 @ 100% load factor for a year.
or that is 14752 flights each day on a 130-seat MD-80 with a 100% load factor for a full year.
think about that, just the sheer numbers of planes.
Then you have the private planes, VFR, IFR and all those fortune 500 companies that have FLEETS.
Couple of points
US Air had 5 crashes in 5 years
also the reporting of crashes here is higher (since the government here gets involved in airline crashes)
If you gather ALL the crashes (including the TU-154s, the Yaks, South America, Australia, Africa, Asia, and Europe) I bet you will find that the proportional amount of crashes occur (i would gather that flight completion ratio of the US-bsaed airlines is actually higher than other airlines).
Lax From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 2290 posts, RR: 3 Reply 7, posted (12 years 3 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 1509 times:
Well, for Heaven's Sake !!!!
You've consolidated 42 YEARS worth of airliner travel, and listed a just a handful of accidents!
And you're concentrating on JUST U.S. airlines during this forty-plus-year period. There are bound to be several US crashes in that amount of time. And hundreds more besides, both US and Intl.! That list is just a drop in the bucket for the years spanned.
ContinentalEWR From United States of America, joined May 2000, 3762 posts, RR: 14 Reply 8, posted (12 years 3 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 1501 times:
The US Airline market is the largest in the world, but your post is idiotic and stupid. There are airline crashes all over the world. China Airlines, SAS in Milan, Singapore Airlines........Come on. Be a little more intelligent or don't post.
Trickijedi From United States of America, joined May 2001, 3266 posts, RR: 5 Reply 9, posted (12 years 3 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 1486 times:
Well, if you break the numbers down it all boils down to simple statistics. It's also the same reason someone says driving a green car is safer than driving a red car. It probably didn't occur to them that there are more red cars on the road than green cars so relatively speaking, green cars get into less accidents. It's an accurate statement but without all the facts, it can be misleading.
Its better to be on the ground wishing you were in the air than be in the air wishing you were on the ground. Fly safe!
N202PA From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1551 posts, RR: 3 Reply 12, posted (12 years 3 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 1465 times:
For those who don't know, some background information about these particular crashes, and others...
We know about American 587.
We also know about the 9/11 hijackings.
TWA 800 crashed into the Atlantic off Long Island. All aboard killed.
In '92, a USAir F-28 overran the runway at LaGuardia, crashing into Flushing Bay after being improperly de-iced. 27 of 51 on board killed.
In 1990, an Avianca 707 crashed into a wooded suburban area on Long Island while on approach to JFK. Bad weather led the aircraft to be put into a holding pattern, after which, difficulty communicating between the flight crew and ATC caused a serious underestimate of the fuel exhaustion danger the aircraft was in. While circling, the plane ran out of fuel and crashed. [As a side note, one of the passengers was found to be carrying illegal drugs in his body]
In 1989, a USAir 737-400 overran the runway at LaGuardia, crashing into the East River. The aircraft's rudder trim had been improperly set at full left, causing the aircraft to lose control. 2 out of 63 aboard killed.
An Eastern 727-200 crashed on approach to JFK in 1975 after encountering severe windshear just before reaching the runway. Microburst was so severe, pilots flying the exact same approach under same conditions in the simulator afterwards could not find a way to save the aircraft. Intense fire after impact. 115 of 124 on board killed.
Eastern DC-7 crashed on approach to JFK after taking evasive action to avoid a PA 707 that ATC had placed on a converging track. All 84 aboard killed.
In 1962, an American 707 crashed on takeoff from JFK into Jamaica Bay after a rudder servo malfunction that caused the rudder to stick in a turn after the aircraft rotated. The 707 plunged into the shallow water of the bay (approx. inches-to-feet), and broke up. All 84 aboard killed.
A United DC-8 and TWA Constellation collided over Brooklyn after the United jet oversped and entered the traffic pattern at an incredibly high rate of speed. The crippled TWA aircraft struggled and crashed into a military airfield, while the United jet crashed into an urban area in Brooklyn. The only survivor of the crash, an 8 year old unaccompanied minor, died the next day. All 84 on the United jet were killed, as were all 44 on the TWA aircraft, plus 6 on the ground.
In 1959, an American Electra crashed into the East River on approach to LaGuardia after the crew misinterpreted an altimeter reading. 64 of the 73 aboard were killed.
In 1957, a Northeast DC-6 stalled and crashed after takeoff from LaGuardia. The aircraft crashed into Riker's Island, a state prison, and caught fire. 21 of 101 aboard were killed.