The safety of an airliner is not determined just by the manufacturer, but also by the operator and maintainer. Some aircraft are operated accident free by one operator but not by another, and lightning does strike twice (ie. TAM Fokker 100s).
It always seems to be tempting fate by naming 'safest airliner' or 'safest airline' titles.
B747skipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (12 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 2817 times:
I hate statistics -
A person who stays home will never be killed by a car on the streets -
Compare the early statistics of DC-10 and L-1011, both types were quite comparable, and looked bad for the DC-10...
Bad airlines, bad pilots, bad airplanes...
I do not know where the answer is, look at statistics...
I am a pilot with airplanes having 3 crewmembers - pilot, copilot, engineer, and with 4 engines... anything less than 3 crewmembers and 4 engines looks bad to me - but dont worry, I retire in 6 years... then everyone will be with only 2 pilots and 2 engines...
I personally avoid what is called "commuter-express-connection" type planes.
In a few words anything smaller than 737, DC9 or A320...
Elwood64151 From United States of America, joined Feb 2002, 2477 posts, RR: 5
Reply 14, posted (12 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 2691 times:
I love it when people ask which aircraft/airline/whatever is safest. The fact of the matter is, you're safer in an airplane than you are alone in your house with the doors locked and the gas turned off and the burglar alarm on.
No one aircraft is safer than any other. There haven't been any fatalities with the 717, but that doesn't mean it's safer than the A318, the 735/6, or the F.100.
Were I to place my bet on safest aircraft? I wouldn't. There's no one right answer. If you consider the number of crashes, then I'm sure there are a couple of designs that have not crashed. If you're talking a ratio of passengers to crashes, then I'm sure the 777 is numero uno. If you're talking copies to number lost in peacetime, then we're talking DC-3, easily.
There's just no right answer.
Those who fail to learn history are doomed to repeat it in summer school.
Backfire From Germany, joined Oct 2006, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (12 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 2504 times:
I'm aware of the Dominican Republic accident, but the aircraft was not at fault. It was essentially a failure to check the aircraft was airworthy before departure.
The 757's pitot tube had been blocked while on the ground, and not cleared prior to take-off, which meant that it was unable to provide correct information to the crew -- the pilot responded to the information given, with the resulting loss of the aircraft.