Travel Site Disputes the Accuracy of a Recent Airline Safety List

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Business class travel website and travel experts, Lets Fly Cheaper say they disagree with the findings from a recent airline safety list.

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We felt their findings were a little off in regards to airline safety. The accuracy of their data has no substantial relation to an airline’s actual safety record

Recently, an article was published on Business Insider titled “The 10 Most Dangerous Airlines in the World” but after a dispute by one of the ten airlines on the list, it was changed to “5 Airlines with The Most Safety Concerns” The original article went viral to various news media outlets, bloggers and travel forums. The data for the article was provided by a study conducted by a European group called Jet Airliners Crash Data Evaluation Center (JACDEC). The study claimed to use data from a 30 year period combined with the amount of aircraft hull damages and loss of life. The website titled their report “2012 Safety Rankings

The travel experts at Lets Fly Cheaper analyzed the JACDEC data against data from the National Transportation Safety Board website who is responsible for investigating a majority of the world's aviation accidents. Lets Fly Cheaper came to the conclusion the JACDEC data could be very misleading to the traveling public and could, unintentionally harm the reputation of many of the airlines at the bottom of the list. “We felt their findings were a little off in regards to airline safety. The accuracy of their data has no substantial relation to an airline’s actual safety record. It’s based more on a damaged airplane and dead passengers with little to no reference on why or how the airplane was damaged resulting in death. The fact their information went viral can certainly tarnish many of these airlines reputations. Many of them have extremely safe records and have had no history accidents caused by a lack of the airlines actual safety” says Lets Fly Cheaper Marketing Director and Blogger, Sean Delanty.

Delanty wanted to specifically point out a few airlines that made it on JACDEC’s bottom five on the safety list. He makes a reference to GOL Airlines, a Brazilian low-cost airline. The JACDEC data for GOL reports the airline suffered one hull loss and 154 deaths which put them at the bottom of the JADEC safety list. In 2006 during a flight from Manaus, Brazil to Rio de Janeiro, a GOL 737 experienced a mid-air collision with a private jet, traveling at the same altitude. The NTSB investigation determined the cause was due to an outage on the private jet’s TCAS (traffic collision avoidance system) during the flight, which ultimately lead to the collision, killing all 154 on board the GOL jet. The private jet made an emergency landing, suffering only damage on one of the airplanes wing tips. “Here we have an accident which had absolutely nothing to do with the safety at GOL or lack thereof. Labeling them as an unsafe airline is very misleading and unfair to GOL’s reputation” says Delanty.

Another concern of the validity of the JACDEC ranking from Lets Fly Cheaper is the case of a 1985 Air India 747 crash, which put that airline in the bottom three of the JACDEC list, based solely on the 1985 accident. An investigation into the accident revealed that a sophisticated bomb, built into a Sanyo stereo receiver brought down the airliner, killing all 329 on board. “Here we have a crash that was caused by someone other than Air India themselves. It was one isolated incident, that came at a time when the technology to detect bombs like this one wasn’t widely available, for them to be at the bottom as the least safest airline in the world based off of one terrorist act is an extremely misleading accusation to make, based on the actual facts of the event. To us, it looks like JACDEC calculated the number of publicized airline crash fatalities and drew their own conclusions without doing any relevant research on actual airline safety” says Delanty.

Lets Fly Cheaper discovered the bottom of the list lacks airlines which have had actual incidents that were safety related in nature. “In our research, we found airlines in Russia, Cuba, South America and parts of Africa who had numerous accidents, many resulting in fatalities due to insufficient crew safety and poorly maintained airplanes. Since 1983 some of those airlines suffered more accidents that resulted in deaths than any of the airlines in the JACDEC data base” says Delanty. Lets Fly Cheaper also discovered some of those airlines are banned from flying into some countries due to them having questionable safety standards.

Lets Fly Cheaper.com is a low fare specialist, focused on supplying cheap business class flights to international destinations worldwide. They also specialize in blogging about travel and commercial aviation related topics. To book the lowest fare contact one of their travel agents at 1-800-240-0461 or go to http://www.letsflycheaper.com

Sean Delanty, Director of Marketing
Lets Fly Cheaper
800-240-0461
http://www.letsflycheaper.com

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