I would say the Airbus A340 is probably in the top, as there has only been 2 hull-loss, and these didn't happen while it's in the air. One is the Air France that caught fire during Mx in 1994 in CDG
, and the other is th SriLankan, when Colombo Airport was attacked by the Tamil Tiger in 2001. There were 2 landing gear problem in flight, and 1 hydraulic problem on the ground, causing a steering difficulty and collided during taxi on the ground.
The second would probably be the A330, but I'm not 100% sure about this. There has been, to date, 4 hull-loss, and only 1 was fatal (where all 7 POB died), and that was during the test flight in Toulouse in 1994. And the other 3 hull loss was a Malaysian, where rust-proofing material in the cargo-hold leaked, and the aircraft judged to be damaged beyond repair, and the other 2 is SriLankan, at the same time as the A340 was destroyed. The other incident that occured in-flight was Air Transat flight 236 where it went empty on the tanks, and the other was a minor incident while landing in Guam.
That would be my shot at the top two. I don't know whether it's actually the right planes meant by the news you heard
Edit: The B777 also has a perfect (or near perfect, with 2 mechanical-related incident in flight) record with no hull-loss. The Boeing 717 also has had no hull-loss so far (2 mechanical- related incident in flight), and as is the A319 and A321.
[Edited 2004-10-21 15:51:53]