Re: High tech jets = High risk jets?

From:         carvalho@phoenix.Princeton.EDU (Tassio A. Carvalho)
Organization: Kindergarten
Date:         29 Dec 95 22:22:23 
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Airam J Preto <airam@cs.man.ac.uk> wrote:
>Do you really think that the nationality of the crew makes any difference in
>terms of proficiency and professionalism?

     A few years ago Boeing conducted workshops with several
airlines in the world to improve safety. They had found that
while the accident rates with widebodies were similar in
all regions of the world, the accident rates with narrowbodies
split the world in half. Some regions had accident rates
with narrowbodies similar to the US rate (which is similar to
the overall widebody rate). Other regions had an accident
rate with narrowbody aircraft that was 4 to 5 times higher.
     Two factors may contribute to a higher accident rate:
(i) crews in narrow body aircraft have (on average) less
experience and (ii) some parts of the world have poor
navigation aid. Their numbers showed that either (i) or (ii)
did not contribute to an increased rate, but the combination
of both factors proved hazardous.
     The fact that the widebody accident rates are similar
across the board support the NO answer for this question.