Part 2 of 2
So, are old airplanes more dangerous than new ones? Well, the long and the short of that is no.
Here in the US of A, we have nationwide aviation regulations issued by the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) and the NTSB (National Transportation Safety Board). Regulations apply to every single commercial passenger aircraft in North America and airplanes in the airspace. All planes must be in top shape and must be functioning properly. In other words, every single airplane is under the same maintenance regulations as any other airplane, given that they’re from the same place. ————————————————————
So a 737-400 series from the 80’s is as safe as a 737 MAX from 2018. (The types of planes pictured above) While older planes require more upkeep than newer ones, they are under the same expectations as newer ones. Equally safe.
Statistics show this too. For the most part, crashes are a mix of newer and older aircraft. A lot of maintenance and design flaw caused crashes are actually newer aircraft. Newer planes can actually have unpredicted flaws that are unique to newer models. When the DC-10 was released, it had a cargo door that opened outward instead of inward. The latch mechanism for said doors would often not close properly, resulting in an explosive decompression later in the flight. —————————————————
So the answer is no, airplanes (under the same regulations) are equally safe, no matter the age. (Although if you’re flying on a plane that’s from pre WWI, that might be a bit more concerning)
So I have have no clue who took the pictures. I spliced two together, and if either of them are yours, please dm me to claim.
#737200 #737original #737 #737max #boeinglovers #boeing #oldvsnew #av #avlover #aviation #aviators #aviationgeek #aviationdaily #aviationlovers #aviationphotography #fly #flight #b737 #boeing737 #spotting #spotter #planespotting #loveplanespot #megaplane #aviationphysics #thephysicsofflight #✈️ #🛩