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A320 has record of safety: expert

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 01:30

Experts tout the safety record of the Airbus A320 after a deadly crash in the French Alps. Julie Noce reports.

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Airline industry officials are looking into the safety record of the Airbus A320 after 150 people died in Tuesday's crash in the French Alps. The cause of the crash of Germanwings flight 4U9525 is still unknown. Investigators are analysing information from one of the two cockpit voice and data recorders found amongst the debris. Experts say the plane itself has a solid history of safety. (SOUNDBITE) (English) UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA AVIATION SAFETY EXPERT MICHAEL BARR SAYING: "All right so, in the last 15 years the airbus 320 has had 12 accidents. Now, two of them are under investigation now, the one that happened today and the one that happened in Indonesia in December of 2014. That leaves us 10. Of the 10 eight were human errors. Of the remaining two, one was Sully Sullenberger's accident in New York where he hit the Canadian birds you know so, that wasn't one. And the other one actually happened here at LAX in 2005 I think it was, when the nose gear of the airplane was having a problems as they landed with the nose wheel 90 degrees. So, nose wheel cock, probably mechanical error. Birds, nature. So what do we have? The majority of accidents on the airbus 320 are human errors, training of the crews." Together with the rest of the A320 family of twin-engined, single-aisle jets more than 6,000 are in use several times a day.

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A320 has record of safety: expert

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 01:30