Still Remain Boeing 777 the safest plane ever to fly

Still Remain Boeing 777 the safest plane ever to fly


Anurup Pathak – 4th August, 2016

Boeing is an American multinational corporation that designs, manufactures, and sells the modern aircraft, rockets, and satellites worldwide. Boeing is among the largest global aircraft manufacturers, is the second-largest defense contractor in the world based on 2013 revenue, and is the largest exporter in the United States

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Emirates Flight EK521 Boeing 777 from Trivandrum Crash-lands in Dubai

The flight EK521 Boeing 777-300 operating as Emirates Air crash landed and burst into flames at Dubai International Airport after declaring an emergency carrying 282 passengers and 18 crew on board from different nationalities. Auspiciously, Emirates has confirmed that all 300 passengers and crew on board the flight are safe. Most of them Indian, with 24 Britons and 11 people from the United Arab Emirates.

Even through this accident the fifth Boeing 777 to be written off in five years, it still remains one of the modern equipped and the safest aircraft to ever fly. During the 21 years in service only six Boeing 777s have been written off because of fire, crash or disappearances, including the Emirates flight EK521 being the sixth .

As per the report, only 0.4% of the 1,412 Boeing 777s have been involved in crashes or incidents that left the plane damaged beyond repair. In comparison to the 4% of the 1,522 Boeing 747s ever made that have been written off over the years; the 747 itself is considered an incredibly reliable and safest aircraft.

The first accident of Boeing 777 was noted in 2008, it was operating as British Airways Flight BA-38 which suffered a sudden loss of power due to the failure of engine on landing and was crash landed on the runway of Heathrow Airport London. The cause of the incident was eventually noted back to a design fault in Rolls-Royce’s Trent turbofan engine, which allowed ice to build up in the fuel-lines. Nearly 50 people were injured and no one died in the crash.

As followed to the first incident, the second incident took place in 2011, when an EgyptAir Flight 777 caught fire while parked at a gate at Cairo Airport. Fortunately, all passengers onboard were able to evacuate, and only a few people were injured. Egyptian investigators believe the fire was caused by a short circuit and was fed by the pilot’s onboard oxygen supply

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