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“Thank God men cannot as yet fly and lay waste the sky as well as the earth!” —Henry David Thoreau

Links index: Airlines & Aviation Industry, Airline Safety, Air Travel …

Top 10 Most Dangerous Airlines in 2009 – 2011

  1. Air New Zealand
  2. Korean Air
  3. Finnair
  4. Continental Airlines
  5. Air France
  6. American Airlines/ NWA
  7. Emirates Air
  8. Qatar Airlines
  9. Air India
  10. Yemenia

[Awaiting possible rating: ______]

[NOTE: The above is a dynamic list which considers past crashes as well as future potentials – updated periodically. Unlisted airlines ARE NOT necessarily safe.]


WHY Air NZ is the most dangerous Airline in 2009 – 2011:
See links below for the answer!

[FEWW Blog]

[MSRB Blog]

Related News Links:

[Consortium News Blog]

[Air Travel]

See also:


Air Travelers Don’t Seem to Get the Message!
One of the planes grounded in an Argentine airport after volcanic ash from the Puyehue Volcano erupted in early June 2011 disrupted air travel throughout the region.
Credit: Reuters

49 Responses to “Airlines”

  1. bob m. said

    Just when you thought…

    Apple iPad software glitch grounds ‘several dozen’ American Airlines flights

  2. Laura said

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  4. Tim W. said

    Airbus A320 airliner has crashed.

    Germanwings airliner crashes in French Alps – 24 March 2015

    An Airbus A320 airliner has crashed in the French Alps between Barcelonnette and Digne, French aviation officials and police have said.

    The jet belongs to the German low-cost airline Germanwings, a subsidiary of Lufthansa.

    The plane had reportedly been en route from Barcelona to Dusseldorf and was carrying 142 passengers and six crew.

    Both Airbus and Germanwings have said they aware of the reports but cannot yet confirm them.

  5. feww said

    Panel fell off JetStar Airbus A320 flying from Auckland to Christchurch, NZ

  6. feww said

    A380 wings to be checked for cracks

    Twenty Airbus A380s will have to undergo checks for cracks in their wings, the safety regulator has said.

  7. steve p said

    Fascinating site!

  8. Beth said

    The mid-air emergency took place when the A330-200 carrying 147 passengers and 11 crew was flying from Manila to Sydney.

    The new aircraft ran into trouble when the pilots noticed flames in the flight deck and passengers experienced a very strong burning smell coming from the cockpit.

  9. PFT said

    [Thank you for kind words. Moderator]

  10. Clayton said

    QANTAS is involved in another air safety investigation after a near miss involving one of its aircraft, a Boeing 767, with a Virgin Blue Boeing 737 over Melbourne’s northern outskirts on Sunday.

  11. te2ataria said

    Air New Zealand Luck running Out!

    “Christchurch Airport emergency services were placed on standby this morning after an Air New Zealand Boeing 737 jet from Auckland reported problems with landing gear.”

  12. glory said

    [glory, glory … Moderator]

  13. feww said

    Australian survives United Airlines plane drama

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    Airline News

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    Another Close Shave Over Lake Taupo

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  37. te2ataria said

    Another Air NZ Flying Coffin Catches Fire Mid-air

    Posted by te2ataria on September 2, 2009
    Will You Be So Lucky Next Time?

    Air New Zealand Flight NZ535, a Boeing 737, carrying 95 passengers, was forced into an emergency landing at Wellington airport today.

    plane_engine_fire Image

    Air New Zealand Flight NZ535 may have looked like this after it caught fire. Source of the image.

    The plane, flying from Auckland to Christchurch, reportedly ran into trouble “about 10 minutes” after takeoff, according to a passenger.

    “He said jetstream coming over the engine on the aircraft’s right-hand side turned from white to grey, then black. The smell of burning rubber filled the cabin, causing panic among the passengers, he said.” NZPA reported.

    The plane was diverted to Wellington airport for an emergency landing.

    “It was pretty scary. A few people were panicking. . . not screaming, but just a bit fidgety, looking around at everyone,” the passenger told Radio New Zealand. “A few of us were wondering what was going on. I’m a bit religious, and I was definitely saying a few prayers on the way down, I’ll put it that way.”

    A naked Air NZ spokeswoman said the plane had to be diverted to Wellington because smoke was detected.

  38. msrb said

    Airspeed systems failed on US jets
    August 7, 2009

    WASHINGTON (AP) — On at least a dozen recent flights by U.S. jetliners, malfunctioning equipment made it impossible for pilots to know how fast they were flying, federal investigators have discovered. A similar breakdown is believed to have played a role in the Air France crash into the Atlantic that killed all 228 people aboard in June.

    The discovery suggests the equipment problems are more widespread than previously believed. And it gives new urgency to airlines already scrambling to replace air sensors and figure out how the errors went undetected despite safety systems.

    The equipment failures, all involving Northwest Airlines Airbus A330s, were brief and were noticed only after safety officials began investigating the Air France crash — on a Rio de Janeiro to Paris flight — and two other recent in-flight malfunctions. The failures were described by people familiar with the investigation who spoke only on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to comment publicly.

    While a car’s speedometer uses tire rotation to calculate speed, an airplane relies on sensors known as Pitot tubes to measure changing air pressure. Computers interpret that information as speed. And while a car with a broken speedometer might be little more than an inconvenience, many airplane control systems rely on accurate speed information to work properly.

    Like the fatal Air France flight, the newly discovered Northwest incidents and the two other malfunctions under investigation all involved planes with sensors made by the European electronics giant Thales Corp. The Air France crash called into question the reliability of the sensors and touched off a rush to replace them.

    Many companies, however, simply replaced them with another Thales model. As it became clear the problem was more widespread, Airbus and European regulators told companies to replace at least two of the three sensors on each plane with models made by North Carolina-based Goodrich Corp. The planes are allowed to continue flying while the switch is made.

    Thales officials declined to comment. The company has previously said its sensors were made to Airbus specifications.

    The Northwest incidents were discovered when Delta Air Lines, which merged with Northwest last year, reviewed archived flight data for its fleet of 32 Airbus A330s, the people close to the inquiry said. All of the incidents took place in the Intertropical Convergence Zone, which extends from 5 degrees north of the equator to 5 degrees south, and all the planes involved landed safely, they said.

    Aviation experts said the discovery could provide clues to what caused Air France Flight 447 to crash into the Atlantic en route from Brazil to France on June 1, and what might be done to prevent future tragedies.

    French investigators have focused on the possibility that Flight 447’s sensors iced over and sent false speed information to the computers as the plane ran into a thunderstorm at about 35,000 feet.

    An important part of the investigation focuses on 24 automatic messages the plane sent during its final minutes. They show the autopilot was not working, but it is unclear whether the pilots shut it off or whether it shut down because of the conflicting airspeed readings.

    Three weeks after the Air France crash, the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board announced it was investigating two other A330 flights that experienced a loss of airspeed data.

    The most recent was on June 23, when a Northwest flight hit rain and turbulence while on autopilot outside of Kagoshima, Japan. According to an NTSB report, speed data began to fluctuate. The plane alerted pilots it was going too fast. Autopilot and other systems began shutting down, putting nearly all the plane’s control in the hands of the pilot, something that usually happens only in emergencies.

    In May, a plane belonging to Brazilian company TAM Airlines lost airspeed and altitude data while flying from Miami to Sao Paulo, Brazil. Autopilot and automatic power also shut down and the pilot took over, according to an NTSB report. The computer systems came back about five minutes later.

    ”These two cases we know were dealt with effectively by the crew, and we think this happened in Air France and maybe wasn’t dealt with effectively,” said Bill Voss, president of the Flight Safety F,oundation in Alexandria, Va., an aviation safety think tank.

    Morgan Durrant, a spokesman for the only other U.S. airline that operates A330s, US Airways, said it had not seen similar problems in its 11-plane fleet of the jetliners.

    Delta/Northwest and US Airways recently completed replacing older Thales tubes with new Thales tubes. The companies say they are now replacing them with Goodrich tubes.

    In June, the Air France pilots’ unions urged its members to refuse to fly Airbus A330s and A340s unless their Thales sensors had been replaced.

    The Federal Aviation Administration hasn’t issued a safety directive, but spokeswoman Laura Brown said the agency hopes to have one soon.

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  44. msrb said

    Air India flight lands in Delhi under emergency conditions

    NEW DELHI: An Air India flight from Delhi to Hyderabad, with 74 people on board, on Monday landed at the IGI Airport here under emergency conditions as the pilot suspected technical trouble, airport sources said.

    Emergency drill, including positioning of fire brigades and ambulances, was followed after the pilot informed the air traffic control (ATC) that he wanted to land as the cockpit panel had signalled problem with the hydraulic system of the Airbus A-320, t he sources said.

    The Delhi-Hyderabad-Tirupati flight, IC-942, made a “normal and safe” landing at 1141 hours and went “on its own power” to the bay earmarked for it where all the 68 passengers and six crew members disembarked, an airline spokesperson said.

    The pilot decided to return to Delhi instead of flying to Hyderabad, after being on air for about 30 minutes when the indication about hydraulic problem appeared on the panel.

    The aircraft was being examined by Air India’s technical personnel, the Air India official said, adding that a separate aircraft was arranged to take the passengers to their destination. – PTI
    Copyright The Hindu Business Line

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