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Shortest Lived Airliners?

Sat Nov 10, 2001 4:04 am

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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RE: Shortest Lived Airliners?

Sat Nov 10, 2001 4:37 am

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)
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(Last Xmas, an Hawaiian DC10 had the same idea...)
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RE: Shortest Lived Airliners?

Sat Nov 10, 2001 5:09 am


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

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RE: Shortest Lived Airliners?

Sat Nov 10, 2001 7:09 am

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

Sat Nov 10, 2001 9:59 am

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.
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RE: Shortest Lived Airliners?

Sat Nov 10, 2001 11:51 am

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?
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