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Flying is a lot safer than it used to be - back when only the airports in the heavily populated parts of the first world had tarmaced runways, let alone landing aids, and you were likely to attempt your journey in a piston-liner or early jet with relatively marginal performance and safety aids. Back then of course range requirements and lower traffic loads frequently necessitated multi-stop trips ramping up the danger with every landing and take-off.

Since I started writing a short history of each of my models I have been amazed by the variety of ways that aircraft have come to a sticky ending. To that end I've collated together some data to give a representative sample of safety in a bygone time. I'm not sure it says much, but I found it interesting and thought I'd share.

Taking the 654 aircraft in my collection that were built prior to 1990 - 63 have been written off before their service was done. Of these only 17 were written off operating with their initial or primary operator whilst 46 passed into history whilst operating with subsequent (often Third World) airlines. The latter were often written off in the 1990 or 2000s, but almost always operating in a relatively unsophistocated aviation environment like Africa, often with airline of dubious repute!

So that is only 9.6% of my classic collection that ended their service prematurely. That seems actually surprisingly good to me though perhaps model makers avoid aircraft that crashed during the stage of their career highlighted by the model?

The methods of destruction are varied but fall into eleven rough categories and highlight the obvious - that approach and landing is overwhelmingly the most dangerous phase of a flight. The breakdown is thus:

34 LANDING
9 TAKE-OFF
6 CFIT (Controlled Flight into Terrain)
3 WAR
3 FIRE
2 COLLISION
2 UNKNOWN
1 each BOMB / SEA / STORM / SUICIDE

Here's a quick look at the aircraft involved (except those w/o in landing and takeoffs) and their fates:

SUICIDE

Pacific Air Lines F-27A N2770R
The crash in May 1964 was likely the first instance in the United States of an airliner's pilots being shot by a passenger as part of a mass murder/suicide; Francisco Paula Gonzales, 27, shot both the pilot and co-pilot before turning the gun on himself, causing the plane to crash and killing all 44 aboard.

Pacific Air Lines Fairchild F-27 by rstretton, on Flickr

SEA

Delta C&S CV-440 N4809C (Private)
By 1978 she was with Charlie Inc of Florida but was sadly written off on 14th August 1978 when she crashed into the sea near South Caicos.

Delta C&S Air Lines by rstretton, on Flickr

STORM

Quebecair F-27 CF-QBA (American Aviation Enterprises)
She was damaged beyond repair on 24th August 1992 at Miami due to a Hurricane.

Quebecair Fairchild F-27A by rstretton, on Flickr

BOMB

Eastern Air Lines L-188 N5531
A radical left-wing group suggested that terrorist action should be undertaken to mark the US Bicentennial and one person acted upon their instructions planting a bomb in the right wheel well of the aircraft at Boston on 2nd July 1976. The plane was written off on the ground when the bomb exploded.

Eastern Air Lines Lockheed L-188 Electra by rstretton, on Flickr

COLLISION

AOA B-377 N6128A (Aero Spacelines)
Sold to Aero Spacelines in 1963 she was damaged beyond repair in a collision with N402Q.

American Overseas (AOA) B-377 Stratocruiser by rstretton, on Flickr

BKS HS-748 G-ARRW (Necon Air)
Exported to Nepal in 1992, as 9N-ACM, for Necon Air. She was written off in November 1997 after a collision with another aircraft at Pokhara.

BKS HS-748 by rstretton, on Flickr

FIRE

Alaska Airlines B727-090QC N766AS
N766AS flew with Alaska for her whole career which ended rather ignominiously in 1987 when she was destroyed by fire. The mechanic in charge of taxiing aircraft allowed an avionics technician to sit in left seat which deactivated brake pressurization system. Aircraft hit a passenger jet-way and caught fire with 0 fatalities.

Alaska Airlines Boeing 727-100 by rstretton, on Flickr

Seaboard World B707-345C N7322S (Varig)
Sold on after only a year they joined Varig – N7322S becoming PP-VJZ. Sadly she was written off in July 1973 at Paris when an on-board fire caused an emergency landing.

Seaboard World Boeing 707-320C by rstretton, on Flickr

TAAG B707-3347C D2-TOM
An electrical fire in the cargo compartment wrote her off in 1988 at Luanda.

TAAG Boeing 707-320C by rstretton, on Flickr

WAR

Braniff International B707-327C N7100 (Trans Mediterranean)
Sold to Lebanon's TMA the aircraft was unfortunately written off on 7th July 1981, after sustaining extensive damage from Israeli shelling.

Braniff International Boeing 707-320 by rstretton, on Flickr

Cyprus Airways Trident 2E 5B-DAB
The Turkish invasion of Cyprus in 1974 caught all 5 Cypriot Tridents on the ground at Nicosia. One Trident was destroyed whilst 5B-DAB was hit by small arms fire and could not be rescued. She remains parked at the abandoned Nicosia airport to this day, slowly decaying. Cyprus Airways itself was able to restart operations in 1975 from a new strip at Larnaca.

Cyprus Airways Trident 2 by rstretton, on Flickr

Nordair L-1049H CF-NAK (Canairelief Air)
All four of Nordair's Connies were provided to Canairelief Air for humanitarian use in the Biafran airlift. NAK was one of two written off being destroyed by Nigerian Air Force bombing at Uli airstrip on the 17th December 1969.

NORDAIR Lockheed L-1049 Super Constellation by rstretton, on Flickr
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CFIT

Air West B727-193 N2969G (Alaska Airlines)

Hughes Airwest leased her to Alaska in September 1970 and in their service she was written off on 04/09/71 when she crashed near Teardrop Lake in Alaska 32km northwest of Juneau.

Air West Boeing 727 by rstretton, on Flickr

Alaska Airlines DC-3 NC91008
On a positioning flight on 8th August 1954 the aircraft was lost when it struck a mountain 40km northwest of McGrath killing the two pilots.

Alaska Airlines DC-3 by rstretton, on Flickr

BOAC Comet 4 G-APDN (Dan Air)
Sold to Dan air in late 1968 she was lost in a crash near Barcelona on the 3rd July 1970 killing all 112 onboard.

BOAC Comet 4 by rstretton, on Flickr

Mohawk Airlines FH-227B N7808M (TABA)
Her last operator was TABA of Brasil who bought her in 1982 and operated her as PT-LCS until 25th January 1993 when she crashed in the Jungle during a night time cargo flight killing the crew of three.

Mohawk Airlines FH-227 by rstretton, on Flickr

Northeast Airlines Viscount 798 N6598C (Aero Eslava)
Her last operator was Aero Eslava as XA-SCM and she crashed in July 1992 near Mexico City in mountainous terrain.

Northeast Airlines Vickers Viscount by rstretton, on Flickr

United Airlines DC-8F-54 N8047U
She was lost after just over eleven years of service on 18th December 1977 when she crashed into high terrain, whilst operating flight 2860, 25 miles northeast of Salt Lake City airport when in a holding pattern.

United Airlines DC-8F-54 by rstretton, on Flickr

I'll see if I can find the time to look at the aircraft destroyed in take-offs and landings at a later date.
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Thanks Richard, a great read as always!

I was unaware of the Eastern L-188 bombing in Boston back in '76. I'll have to do some more research and get all the details. Very interesting indeed . . .

Thanks again for the education. You are a fountain of airplane/airline knowledge!
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Great photos and interesting history, as always. What tells the story is how the causes of crashes have changed: as the NTSB and industry responded to a given crash, they learned. Now we seem to be down to mostly human error or deliberate malfeasance. I remember in the 80's how wind shear was the biggest cause of crashes in the US.

Of my 150-ish models, the only one I know of that is a writeoff is part of the worst disaster in history: my Dragon Wings Pan Am 747-121 is N736PA, Clipper Victor. I have plenty of models that are of a type and carrier that were involved in a writeoff, but I don't know if the reg numbers are the particular aircraft.

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An interesting theme Richard. When I read the title of this thread, I thought one of your model shelves had collapsed!!
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Very interesting topic! Thank you. I myself have a collection of several aircraft models, real prototypes that crashed or were destroyed.
P.S. If you allow me, I can upload pictures and history of the aircraft.
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An interesting theme Richard. When I read the title of this thread, I thought one of your model shelves had collapsed!!
Same here, as great a thread this is, the title is even better !
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Have to admit that makes 3 of us. I thought iit was a model shelf collapse.
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Lockheed L-749A Constellation N1554V Pacific Northern PNA
June 14, 1960 Lockheed L-749A Constellation tail number N1554V airline Pacific Northern PNA (Pacific North Airline) served a domestic flight route Seattle - Anchorage with a planned stopover in Cordova-Smith (Alaska) All the flight and landing in Cordoba-Smith for refueling held as planned. Permission to take off after they have been given the nod to climb to 10,000 feet, but at an altitude of 9646 feet, they are faced with a mountain of Gilbert and crashed. The probable cause of the accident, did not make full use of navigation aids for route planning, as a consequence of a deviation from the course and flying dangerously close to the mountains. Crew and five people were killed and nine passengers.
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Have to admit that makes 3 of us. I thought it was a model shelf collapse.
I also join the club and makes 4... Thank you for interesting stories, as usual.
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Very interesting topic! Thank you. I myself have a collection of several aircraft models, real prototypes that crashed or were destroyed.
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An excellent article Richard! I've often marveled at how many classics in photos were written of, crashed, etc - seems like ALL of them sometimes - 10% is probably an accurate reflection of the total population.
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Fascinating topic. Thank you for taking the time to do that research and display the results.

RIP to all those lost.

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I'll join as well. Make it 5. As the others have said, very interesting.
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Thanks Richard, a great read as always!

I was unaware of the Eastern L-188 bombing in Boston back in '76. I'll have to do some more research and get all the details. Very interesting indeed . . .

Thanks again for the education. You are a fountain of airplane/airline knowledge!
Here's a photo from Airliners.net of the aircraft 18 days after the bombing:

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Thanks for the picture, Richard. I found an 18 minute video of the wreckage being examined:

Bombed prop jet - Boston TV News Digital Library

I am still looking for info on the responsible group, arrests, outcomes, etc.

Thanks again for starting such an intriguing thread.
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Thank you for a very interesting topic. The United DC-8 crash in December, 1977 reminds me of the mid-air collision of a United DC-8 and TWA L-1049 over New York City in 1960. It was the United DC-8 that ventured out of their holding pattern over Staten Island traveling over 400 mph that caused the collision. According to former FAA inspector, airline captain, and author, Rodney Stich, the major contributing factors to this and other United Airlines distasters were the poor training and piloting technique of United's pilots at that time. Read Rodney's book, "The Unfriendly Skies" published in the 1970's. It is an eye opener. If you cannot find the book, check him out on youtube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P1QbbsSiSk4

Do you have anymore details on the cause of the UAL DC-8 crash in 1977?
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Do you have anymore details on the cause of the UAL DC-8 crash in 1977?
Yeah there is quite a lot of info online:

Wikipedia: United Airlines Flight 2860 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Aircraft Safety Network: ASN Aircraft accident Douglas DC-8-54F N8047U Kaysville, UT
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According to the site aviation-safety. April 30, 1963 Crash-landed; damaged beyond repair. Location:Hachijo Jima Airport (HAC)
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Moving on to the aircraft that crashed on take-off:

Air France Concorde F-BTSC
On 25th July 2000 BTSC was destroyed when she crashed on take-off from Paris after striking debris on the runway. All 109 onboard were killed and the accident heralded the beginning of the end for Concorde operations. Air France ended Concorde operations on May 30th 2003.

Air France Concorde F-BTSC by rstretton, on Flickr

American Airlines CV-990A-30-5 N5620 (Spantax)
This aircraft joined Spantax in 1968 as EC-BNM but unlike many of her sisters her career with them was short as she crashed on takeoff at Stockholm in January 1970 when attempting a three engine ferry journey to Zurich.

American Airlines Convair CV-990 by rstretton, on Flickr

British United BAC 111-201AC G-ASJJ
JJ was the 9th delivered but sadly became the only One-Eleven BUA lost. On 14th January 1969 the aircraft crashed on take-off from Milan Linate after a compressor surge in the no2 engine caused the crew to incorrectly shutdown the number one engine. Fortunately there were no fatalities amongst the 33 passengers and crew.

British United BAC One-Eleven G-ASJJ by rstretton, on Flickr

Continental Airlines CV-440 N90862 (Carga Aéreo Transportada)
Exported to Bolivia in the early 1980s she was lost operating for Carga Aéreo Transportada at Santa Rosa on 20th April 1985 on take off when an engine failed.

Continental Airlines Convair CV-440 by rstretton, on Flickr

Delta Air Lines CV-880-22-2 N8817E (Latin Carga)
Delta kept the faith with their CV-880s until the oil crisis of the early 70s made them very expensive to operate. Sold on to Boeing she passed to Latin Carga (Monarch Aviation) in June 1977 but was written off in a crash at San Jose less than two months later when onboard cargo shifted.

Delta Air Lines Convair 880 by rstretton, on Flickr

Eastern Air Lines CV-440 Metropolitan N9302 (Argosy Airlines)
By 1975 N9302 was still in her basic Eastern colours albeit heavily faded but by 1978 she was with Argosy Airlines when on 12th May she crashed on take off from Columbus into the Ohio River when both engines failed.

Eastern Air Lines Convair CV-440 by rstretton, on Flickr

Overseas National Airways DC-10-30CF N1033F (Korean Air)
N1033F was sold to Korean Air as HL7339, but was written off on 23rd December 1983, at Anchorage, when she collided with a Piper Navajo after trying to takeoff in fog on the wrong runway.

Overseas National McDonnell Douglas DC-10-30 by rstretton, on Flickr

Western Airlines L-188A Electra N7138C (Aerocondor Colombia)
In October 1975 five months after delivery to Aerocondor Colombia as HK-1976 and named ‘El Exportador’ she crashed at Bogota on take-off after she struck a parked aircraft.

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Fantastic post and a very interesting read Richard, thanks!
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Tu-154 SU-AXB EgyptAir
History.
manufacturer Aviacor
Serial number: 73A048
serial (serial) number: 0048
in operation: from December 1, 1973
Was named 'Nefertiti'
Crashed July 10, 1974.
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The Tu-154 carried out training flights at the airport in Cairo, and on board were 6 crew members. Duration of employment was already 3:00 14 minutes when running a pilot-trainee perfected landing on the strip 23 and the missed approach. But when climbing intern due to incorrect speed control has led to the emergence of pitching, which in turn led to an unbalance and loss of control of the aircraft at low altitude. As a result, at 17:30 the car crashed into the ground and completely destroyed. All six people on board were killed.

Reasons.
The probable cause of the accident was caused by mistakes in piloting, which led to an ever-increasing rocking Plane with a lack of clearance to remedy the situation. Could contribute to an inaccurate calculation of the accident the aircraft before takeoff alignment and possible displacement of ballast to the rear.

Consequences.
After a disaster, all the rest in the park 7 EgyptAir airliner Tu-154 (board room SU-AXC - SU-AXI) in March 1975, were returned to the Soviet Union (CCCP-board numbers 85048 - CCCP-85055).
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