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B707 Safety Record - Another Time, Another Place

Sun Aug 08, 2004 7:57 pm

I did some reviewing on the clipper heritage web site http://www.panam.com/ and found that 12 707's were lost in some incident or other with Pan Am over the years (probably something like one every two years).

Though not as good as today's standards, I'm feel sure it was still much better than auto safety of the day, which was probably much worse then even in a relative sense. We've come a long way safety wise. Any safety stats out there, jet versus auto for 50's through today?
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RE: B707 Safety Record - Another Time, Another Pla

Mon Aug 09, 2004 5:05 am

Hi Just:

Even at the time, PanAm's safety record with the 707 was not the greatest. Try to read the book SKYGODS for some deeper insight.

Another carrier with bad "luck" with the 707 was Air France.

Just compare the record of PanAm and Air France to that of Lufthansa or BOAC, or TWA for that matter. You can do that at


But you are absolutely right: the progress in safety is amazing with the newest generation.

I don't know when flying became safer than driving. But it was probably in the prop days. Driving is also getting safer, or at least I hope so...
I've flown thousands of miles and I can tell you it's a lot safer than crossing the street!
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RE: B707 Safety Record - Another Time, Another Place

Mon Aug 09, 2004 5:27 am

It is said that not a single Pan Am destination in the Pacific does not have a 707 carcass laying around.