...Most of the airline people I've talked to says they like the MD-11. As a longtime MD-11 watcher here at SJC, it was well liked and never had a very serious incident, tho there were some delays at the beginning when American Airlines started flying SJC-NRT. They started using the 777 now, on May 1,1999 out of SJC. I think the economics is the biggest factor. Overall it is a very beefy plane, but I think it may be a number of factors all added up, plus the freighters company's snap the MD-11's up like hotcakes when they become available anyways. If you were to read the NTSB page and check the incident/accident page, you'll find similar reports on what happend to the Swissair MD-11 to be very common with all types of aircraft with no crash. Though I am no expert, I don't feel the MD-11 is any different than the rest of the planes, just maybe a few more highly publicized incidents than the rest. It's also the media, they love to harp on things ad-nausem. Don't belive everything you read.