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June 20, 2013 Aviation, Headline News No Comments Email Email

egtmedia59Air travellers would be wise to ensure they fly on Boeing or Airbus aircraft, in terms of safety. Well-known aircraft such as the Boeing 777 and Airbus A380 rank highly in terms of safety, according to, the world’s first airline safety and product rating website.

The Australia-based site has cautioned travellers to steer clear of the LET410, Antonov AN-12, Ilyushin 76, and CASA 212 aircraft, saying these have the worst crash records over the past 10 years.

LET is Czech and CASA is Spanish. The other two are Russian. which rates 425 airlines for both safety and product has completed a comprehensive analysis of the crash records of 55 different aircraft in active service.

Editor Geoffrey Thomas said the site had looked at the records only for the past 10 years as they were relevant to today’s travellers.

“The crash records of aircraft that dominated the 1970s and 1980s but are no longer in passenger service are irrelevant today,” he said.

“We only looked at aircraft that are carrying passengers in 2013.”EGT_Artical Banner B 250x250

“We have used the Boeing database which is an industry standard and supplemented that with our own records and those of and Ascend,” he said.

The survey also ignores piston-powered planes and those smaller aircraft used mainly for charter work.

“Clearly flying on pure jet powered aircraft is far safer, as seven out of the 10 aircraft with bad crash records are turboprops.”

“Aircraft such as the 777, A380, A340, 717 and 787 have never had a fatality,” Thomas said.

He added that while some aircraft such as the Twin-Otter have a high crash record it did not mean that it is a dangerous aircraft.

“It’s actually a great aircraft but you have to look also at which airline is operating them and how and where they are flying.

“For instance operating into mountainous regions in a third world country with limited navigation aids can be dangerous.”

In the case of the early models of the 737 there are over 2000 of these planes flying and they often do over five flights a day.

Statistics 2003-2012

Worst Crash Record                  Fatal Crashes

LET 410                                    20

Ilyushin 72                                17

Antonov AN-12                        17

Twin Otter                                18

CASA 212                                11

DC-9/MD80                             10

B737-100 / 700                        10

Antonov 28                               8

Antonov 32                               7

Tupolev 154                              7


Best safety record

Boeing 777                                0

Boeing 717                                0

Airbus A380                              0

Airbus A340                              0

Boeing 787                                0

Boeing 767/757                         0

Embraer 135/145                       0

CRJ 700/1000                            0

Airbus A330                              2

Airbus A320                              5

Boeing 737NG                          5

Edited by : Peter Needham

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