|Quoting AFGMEL (Reply 48):|
Well I did a check of midairs since 1970. Mind you, it was quick and nasty, but this is the list that I have come up with.
I still maintain that it's statistically insignificant as you will see by the operators involved. If we are to compare QF we can remove these from the stats if you like.
|Quoting TG992 (Reply 8):|
Officially, Qantas claim they've never lost a jet aircraft (a Constellation of course, not being a jet). All up, they've had ten fatal accidents, the last in 1951, with the total loss of 78 souls.
Since then, the safety record has been exemplar
|Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 51):|
I don't quite get your point re comparing the list of midairs to QF's safety record since QF hasn't had any midairs.
|Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 43):|
The much lower density of air traffic in Australia is another factor. Less risk of mid-air collision which was the cause of several major fatal accidents involving US carriers in the propeller and early jet era.
|Quoting AFGMEL (Reply 54):|
The fact is that QF have had very few incidents. There must be a reason for that. Weather and traffic density are not the reason, because most accidents are not as a direct result of those two things
|Quoting SSTsomeday (Reply 52):|
In that case, Kudos to Qantas' marketing, because I understood that they had never had a fatality. In fact, I believed Dustin Hoffman in "Rainman" when he insisted "Qantas never crashed..."
|Quoting AFGMEL (Reply 54):|
The fact is that QF have had very few incidents. There must be a reason for that. Weather and traffic density are not the reason, because most accidents are not as a direct result of those two things and in any case, bad weather is a problem here with our tropical climate up north to the thundery south. Only difference is that QF doesn't have the snow factor here very ofter, but they do taking off and landing in North America and Europe. In places like LHR QF aircraft are just as vulnerable as anyone else.
|Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 55):|
And at one time QF only operated a single aircraft type which was unusual -- first the 707 (plus a lone DC-4 to serve Norfolk Island) and later nothing but 747s for several years after the 707s were retired. Having only one type to fly and maintain must make it easier to avoid errors and probably enhances skills for both pilots and maintenance staff.
|Quoting Jbernie (Reply 56):|
It doesn't matter how many flights you fly or where, each take off / flight / landing has the same probability as any other.
|Quoting Airbusted (Reply 59):|
If Qantas ha wanted to preserve their record by not having had a hull loss with the bkk overrun then they would insist to repair the aircraft regardless of cost rather than write it off. if it cost an extra 20 of 30 million then that is well worth it to maintain the record of never having lost a jet hull.
|Quoting Prebennorholm (Reply 13):
Finnair DC-3s fell from the sky like a hailstorm in the 60'es killing several dozen people
|Quoting VHXLR8 (Reply 63):|
Domestically, MEL-SYD is one of the world's busiest air corridors (within the top 5)
|Quoting ImperialEagle (Reply 66):|
The Caravelle was operated by many different operators who lost them with alarming regularity back in the day, yet UA had a fleet (of twenty something?) of them and operated them a good ten years or so untill they retired them, without a loss. Given the amount of cycles and hours UA could put on an aircraft for the size of their operation, this was quite an accomplishment.
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