What Are the Safety Ratings for a Boeing 767?


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The Boeing 767 is rated fifth in safety among major passenger airplane models currently in operation by the air travel website Fear of Flying. It is considered one of the safest planes of its kind, with approximately 15,000,000 flight hours between accidents.

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What Are the Safety Ratings for a Boeing 767?
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The Boeing 767 has accumulated eight hull-loss accidents since its debut in 1981, as reported by aviation safety statistics website Aviation Safety Network. Hull-loss accidents are defined as crashes that destroy the aircraft beyond repair. These accidents have resulted in a total of 569 fatalities, most of which occurred in two crashes that occurred during the 1990s. Of the 44 total incidents reported involving Boeing 767 airplanes, only four resulted in fatalities due to an accidental crash. Approximately 6.1 percent of the passengers aboard Boeing 767 airplanes during a fatal crash incident survived the crash.

The Boeing 767 has also been involved in seven hijacking incidents during its service life, according to Aviation Safety Network. The most notorious of these incidents were the 9/11 hijackings, in which two Boeing 767 aircraft were used to destroy the World Trade Center buildings in New York City. Since the acts were deliberate crashes of the airplanes involved rather than accidents, deaths resulting from these incidents are not included in Aviation Safety Network's accident fatality number for the plane.

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