DC-9CAPT From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 1, posted (13 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 757 times:
MD-80 series aircraft are prolific and very safe. The recent crash of the Alaska Airlines MD-83 led to a series of mandated inspections on all horizontal stabilizers. Other than that, I don't like to comment on something that isn't officially released yet.
That aside, there have been very few other incidents involving the MD-80 series aircraft--it has proved reliable and is used around the world. It is similar in design to the DC-9 with 2 X 3 seating in coach--it is just stretched out. On the flight deck, the MD-80 series comes with an overhead EFIS, and its avionics are up-to-date.
The MD-80 you fly on will, most likely, be powered by two PW JT8D-217 A/Cs that produce 20,000 lbs of thrust.
Richie From Switzerland, joined Dec 1999, 143 posts, RR: 0 Reply 2, posted (13 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 729 times:
I can absolutely stand to the above.
As in every 'strange' aircraft accident, suddently people start to see stange things with the type. And when you finally read the accident repost, you see that none of the other reported 'incidents' were real.
The MD80 is a very fine design. It has, as every aircraft type, some particularities when flying it, due to it's layout, but these are very well manageable. It is a very fine piece of machinery, and would Boeing not have bought Douglas, we would still be ebjoying to see more MD90s coming out of Long Beach.