The above viewed aircraft is a stretched “stretch 727” or 727-200. It remains in the heart and souls of many of the older flight crews whose nostalgic strings are often tweaked by this airplane. It is the keynote player in today’s aviation theme: TODAY’S BIG JETS ARE EXTREMELY SAFE! The following information regarding the safety record for commercial air carriers is extracted from an article written by Daniel Michaels and Andy Pasztor and appeared in the December 28, 2011 newsletter published by Curt Lewis and Associates:
The major accident rate in North America, for example, has remained flat at about one in 10 million flights.”
“This year is on course to be the safest ever for commercial aviation, with only
one passenger death for every 7.1 million people carried world-wide.”
“Most of the aviation fatalities in 2011 occurred in Russia, Iran and African countries that have long faced air-safety problems, such as Angola and Congo.”
“With only days left, 2011 appears set to eclipse the postwar record low rate of
passenger fatalities, set in 2004 at one per 6.4 million passengers, according to
Ascend, a consulting firm in London.”
“This year is on course to be the safest ever for commercial aviation, with
roughly one passenger death for every 7.1 million air travelers worldwide.”
Yesterday I commented on what an onerous experience one can encounter as an airline passenger. I now want to point out to all of those folks that harbor even a tidbit of trepidation about getting on the “big jet” to maintain the awareness that there is no safer mode of transportation than the U.S. air carriers. A caveat is as follows: the accident rate in recent years in the smaller jets and turboprop aircraft is much higher than the “big jets.” Although there is a very slightly higher chance of an accident or an incident on the regional airline you still remain hyper-safe compared to travel with a Russian, African, or Indian carrier. Standing applause should be issued to the pilots, air traffic controllers, flight training departments and last, but perhaps most important, the efforts of the many dedicated FAA overseers.
The safety of commercial aviation is verified by the passengers speaking loudly with their wallets and shelling out to get that middle seat (between the two large people). Enjoy it while you still can; we are running out of pilots and running out of fossil fuel is not far behind.