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  • Astonishing Statistic

    Posted by Jonathan on June 28th, 2012 (All posts by )

    But wait! There’s more…

    The Boeing 777 was introduced in 1995. Around one thousand of them have been built. Yet no 777 has been involved in a fatal accident.


    4 Responses to “Astonishing Statistic”

    1. Ginny Says:

      Thanks. We take so much for granted.

    2. Bill Brandt Says:

      I was reading that the diameter of that engine is as wide as the fuselage of a 737. Boeing charters a huge Russian transport to ferry those engines from the east coast to the west coast – only plane that can hold the engine.

    3. Cousin Dave Says:

      Here’s another statistic for you: Excluding third-tier operators in Alaska, there have been absolutely zero airline passenger fatalities in the U.S. since the Colgan Air crash in Buffalo, 3-1/2 years ago. As recently as the late 1980s, it wasn’t unusual to see 5-6 major airline crashes in the U.S. each year.

    4. Michael Kennedy Says:

      Engine design, for autos and airplanes, is a huge engineering challenge. The B 29 was almost abandoned during development because of problems with the engines. I’m sure that is why there are no B 29s flying today although DC 3s and B 17s are still fairly plentiful. There is one flying B 24 and I have been up in it.

      More on engine design here.