|Quoting Speedbird747BA (Reply 7):|
many aircraft incidents are related to maintenance, or lack thereof, and that is one controllable factor.
I can't argue that. However, your original question pertained to four specific airlines: DL
, and AA
(and their regional counterparts). Looking back on all four of their track records (with regard to safety), I can recall a few incidents:
- Recently, a DC-9 suffered a hydraulic failure (I think) upon landing, and was unable to stop before colliding with a parked A319. The A319 survived, along with both aircraft's occupants. The DC-9, sadly, was written off. In the late 80s (I think it was 1987), an MD
-80 was lost on takeoff due to an incorrect flap setting. Also, there was a runway collision between a DC-9 and a 727 in DTW
(can't remember when, but I saw photos of it). More recently, a CRJ of Pinnacle was lost on a ferry flight when the pilots accidentally stalled the engines and subsequently lost control of the plane. Maintenance played a role in one of those accidents.
- besides 9/11, an A300 was lost due to excessive force on the rudder, causing the tail to separate inflight. I believe AA
and Airbus are still at odds over who's to blame; An MD
-80 overran a runway in LIT
during bad weather; A 757 was lost in 1995 in Colombia when the aircraft struck a mountain during its final approach; An ATR-72 was lost in 1994 due to icing while in a holding pattern (and another one was written off in SJU
a couple years ago after a rough landing in strong crosswinds - no loss of life). So far, maintenance hasn't played a part in any of those incidents.
- recently, a pilot accidentally landed a 757 on a taxiway at EWR
. Hardly a maintenance issue
. Besides that, the last major incident I remember about CO
happened in the 60s, I think - and I think it involved a DC-9 and a Cessna. Or was it a 720? (Cue in backup from aviation historians!) Either way, maintenance did not play a role in the accident.
- Comair had a couple of crashes. One was pilot/ATC error, and the other was due to icing. ASA lost a Brasilia in 1995 (now *that* was a maintenance issue - the propellor separated from the engine). Delta mainline suffered an L1011 loss after flying through a microburst (back in 1986, I believe), and a couple years after that, a 727 was lost on takeoff due to an incorrect flap setting. Both of those accidents happened at DFW
, and neither was related to maintenance (or a lack thereof).
That's all I can recall for now. If anyone can remember anything else (relatively recent) about these four airlines, please pitch in
. Point is, when it comes to AA
, or NW
, I really don't see much of a difference when it comes to maintenance and/or safety.
Now, I've never flown on CO
, so I can't tell you anything about what to expect inflight. But having flown on AA
many times, I can say that I'm probably more partial to AA
. But the segments I flew were relatively short, and the service was essentially the same. Internationally, I've heard DL
has totally revamped their product, but I couldn't tell ya. Hope that helps a little bit.