The Ten Worst Passenger Planes Still In Service

This post taken from article at jalopnik.com, see original here.

I edited the text a bit, cut out reference to Jalopnik readers.

 

I don’t know if this is a good list or bad, but it’s a starting point for me to look up the planes and find out more about the crashes they’ve had.

 

The Ten Worst Passenger Planes Still In Service

3/25/13

Raphael Orlove

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10.) Embraer EMB-120

Google Continental Express Embraer and the first thing to come up is the time one of the Brazilian planes broke up in flight, killing 14. Not that aging South American turbo-props are very enjoyable when they’re running right, either.

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9.) Yak-42

If you’re looking to ride some seriously old-ass planes, you can’t beat the beacons of the Soviet era still in service today.

The top of the entry door is chest high on a 6’0″ man. And of course, it has the horrible Soviet seats that fold flat forward with little provocation. And the rear stairway that rattles in flight as if it’s about to pop open at any moment.

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8.) Tupolev Tu-154

The Tu-154 is basically how you’d imagine a Soviet plane. It’s strong and has plenty of power.

However, this plane has a lot of mechanical faults: fires on take-off, engines exploding, electrical failures, etc. At the time it was built it was a fine plane, despite it being a shoddy Soviet airliner, in 1972. Nowadays it is obsolete, too expensive to update, and more often than not improperly maintained. It shouldn’t be used in 2013.

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7.) American Eagle’s Super ATR

It’s massively outdated, and the existing fleet is really starting to fall apart. At 5’6″ have to duck getting on and most of the time you can’t even bring a carry on aboard because 4 bins available are already full before anyone gets on. I understand that turbo props can be more cost efficient for some flights, but these are old and feel like they’re shaking the plane apart. 11 of the 508 built have been destroyed in crashes that resulted in the deaths of over 190 people.

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6.) Boeing 737-200

These things were first built in 1967 and have approximately one crash every 500,000 hours of flying. You don’t have to worry though, these are mostly only flown in the third world today. Well, unless you’re in northern Canada, because First Air and Canadian North still run them.

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5.) Saab 340

It’s old, inefficient, noisy, and smells.

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4.) Boeing 757

757s have a lot of power and are the only narrow body airliner that can cross the Atlantic with a decent payload, so they’re not going anywhere.

It takes forever to unload, they have few upgrades in their cabins, and they have fewer gate options at a lot of airports because they’re high off the ground, leading to some longer tarmac delays for gate availability. They are slowly being replaced by A321s and the longer 737 models, but Delta is still running the old Northwest fleet on some big routes. Good riddance to these when they finally disappear.

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3.) DC-10

The DC-10 doesn’t have crashes like it did in the ’70s, when poor maintenance and design flaws could lead to the exciting words “uncontrollable engine failure,” but that doesn’t make us like it. A DC-10 also killed the Concorde.

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2.) MD-80

Delta and America Airlines still have over 100 of these old things in their fleets, and they remain as cramped, inefficient, and slow as ever.

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1.) Ilyushin Il-62

It still uses manual flight controls, no power assist to move those flight control surfaces. If some ice gets in a hinge, it’s just your muscles that will break it loose. It also has a history of failed thrust reversers and exploding engines that damage neighboring engines.

Enjoy your next flight East, comrade!

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