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28 must have been only the number with high fatalities, the figure I find is 59; but either way, it's airplanes, not flights. While others noted non-construction-related factors impacting Tu-154s in a special way, I note that the ratio does not stand out compared to similar-aged or older airplane families. Check the stats here: for example, of 856 Boeing 707 built, 164 were lost in the past 52 years.

(I remember reading somewhere that the overwhelming majority of ships built throughout history finished their life by sinking -- which, again, shouldn't be shocking, because the danger of ship travel should be calculated in terms of trips, not ships.)

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Sun Apr 11th, 2010 at 06:40:30 AM EST
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