Best and Worst Aircraft Crash Rates Revealed

SYDNEY, June 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

Air travelers should seek out the Boeing 777 and Airbus A380.

AirlineRatings.com, the world's first airline safety and product rating website has cautioned travelers to steer clear of the LET410, Antonov AN-12, Ilyushin 76, and CASA 212 aircraft which have the worst crash rate over the past 10 years.

AirlineRatings.com 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 that AirlineRatings.com had only looked at the records for the last ten years as they were relevant to today's travelers. 

"The crash rates of aircraft that dominated the 1970s and 1980s but are no longer in passenger service are irrelevant today," said Mr Thomas. "We only looked at aircraft that are carrying passengers in 2013."

"We have used the Boeing database which is an industry standard and supplemented that with our own records and those of Aviation-Safety.net 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 ten aircraft with bad crash rates are turboprops."

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

However, Mr Thomas said that while some aircraft such as the Twin-Otter have a high crash rate 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," said Mr Thomas.

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

Statistics 2003-2012




Worst Crash Rate

Fatal Crashes

LET 410

20

Ilyushin 72

17

Antonov AN-12

17

Twin Otter

18

CASA 212

11



Best safety record




Boeing 777

0

Boeing 717

0

Airbus A380

0

Airbus A340

0

Boeing 787

0



About Geoffrey Thomas:

Geoffrey is a world renowned award-winning writer, author and commentator. He has won 35 international and national aerospace awards for his work.
He is available for interview. 

Contact:
Geoffrey Thomas
+61 417 936 610
Geoffrey.thomas@airlineratings.com

SOURCE AirlineRatings.com



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