Matt D From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 9502 posts, RR: 50 Reply 3, posted (13 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 552 times:
777x is right, we need more specific parameters. As an example, one could argue that the 727 is more dangerous than the MD-11 because it has had more crashes. But, when you factor in the fact that about 1600 more 727's were built than MD-11s, and that the 727 was in service for 26 years when the MD-11 came out, I could probably turn that around and say that flight for flight, the MD-11 is FAR riskier than the 727....
Isn't it interesting how data like that can be misinterpreted if some of the parameters are missing?
Wannabe From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 675 posts, RR: 3 Reply 6, posted (13 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 525 times:
Somewhere on one of the other aviation pages, I remember seeing a chart that showed passenger fatailities per million passenger miles for each model jetliner. I think this would be the most telling of all statistics. I do remember that when I read this chart, the MD80 had the best record of all. I looked for the chart today but couldn't find it. If I do, I'll post the url.
According to their stats, the safest aircraft in the world is the Saab 340 turboprop (surprising, being a small aircraft and all) with 0.33 fatal events per million flights (3 events in 9 million + flights).
The safest jet aircraft is the Boeing/MD-80 with a rate of .40 fatal events per million filghts (8 events in 20 million flights). YES. THE MD-80 THAT IS SUPPOSEDLY UNAIRWORTHY. Perhaps we should deliver this information to all the idiots who are calling for the MD-80s to be grounded or even scrapped.
Other safe jets:
Boeing 737-3/4/500: 0.41
Boeing 757: 0.56
Boeing 727: 0.66
Airbus A320: 0.67
The worst rate of current aircraft (out of bad luck if you ask me) is the Boeing/MD-11 with a rate of 4.29 fatal events per million flights (3 events in only 0.7 million flights mind you). That number will drop in the future.
Other jets that didn't fare well:
Fokker F.28: 2.35
Airbus A310: 1.85
Boeing 747: 1.55
Airbus A300: 1.0