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Originally posted by grantbeed
That's a bad record if ever I saw one. Roughly 1754 people killed within 16 years.
According to the BBC and aviation expert Paul Duffy the Tu-154 has an average safety record for its type and length of service especially considering its heavy use in the most demanding conditions often with poor air traffic control; of the 28 aircraft lost to accident few appear to have been due to technical failure.
Statistically, the Tu-154 has one of the poorest safety records. However, Tupolev 154's chequered safety record owes more to errors than technical problems
The plane which has crashed in western Iran was a Tupolev-154, a model with a chequered safety record.
But this may owe more to errors than to technical problems.
The Tu-154 has for 25 years been the backbone of Russia and the Soviet Union's air transport system.
It has carried half the number of all passengers flown by Aeroflot and its successors in that time, with that number peaking at 137 million per year in 1990.
A total of 923 have been built, and approximately 530 remain in service in Russia.
The aircraft entered service in 1972 and was "modernised" in 1986, with new engines and equipment to improve its fuel consumption and flight operations.
The Chinese Government decided late last year to withdraw the 154 fleet from its airlines by 1 July, and so this and several others were sold back to Russia.
It returned to the factory where it had been built, in Samara, and received a complete overhaul, although it is not yet clear whether this covered the engines.
Since its service entry, some 28 154s have been lost in accidents, a figure about normal for the quantity, years of service and technology of the type.
The accident record of the 154 compares quite well with the 68 727s lost of over 1,600 built.
However, the comparison is not totally valid - a 727 generally flies more often than a 154, and the 154 flies in a region with not so good air traffic control and navigation equipment, and in very difficult weather conditions.
The 154 accidents include several that have little relation to the aircraft.
In 1982, an aircraft landing at Omsk in Russia in a heavy snowstorm - normal for Russian winters - hit six snowploughs that had not been told to leave the runway as the aircraft landed.
And about five have been shot down by enemy or terrorist attacks in Lebanon, Georgia and Afghanistan during the civil wars in those countries.
One landed safely in a field after its cargo of cigarettes caught fire but was completely burnt.
Another ran out of fuel five miles short of the runway when the state airline of an almost bankrupt country decided to carry less fuel from its base, where the price was high.
Up until July 2001, only two Tu-154 accidents had involved technical failure.
The 154M is likely to remain in service in Russia and the CIS for another 10 or 12 years.