Even if I maitain my vote for the Mercure, I would like to point something.
After the analysis of the causes, you will discover that the vast majotity of the recent accidents is not due to the plane, but to the human factor (pilot or control or ground staff)
In the past, frames and engien were not as reliable as today. And certification was "easier".
Today, most of the technical failures don't end in a crash.
Here are a few examples were the plane is not at fault.
The Fine Air DC8 in MIA, Singapore Airline in Taiwan, AF A320 in Habsheim (the one in the trees), Fedex DC10 that had a fire on board, the SAS accident in Linate, or the most recent, the collision between a DHL 757 and a Tupolev near ZRH last summer.
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