So the two pilots of Flight 370, especially Captain Zaharie, were experienced flyers – albeit First Officer Fariq was less familiar with the Boeing 777-200. But what about the plane itself? Well, the 777 family of Boeing air transportation was first introduced into commercial service in 1995, and its safety record is excellent.
In fact, a mere 0.4 percent of the leading aviation manufacturer’s 777 series have ever crashed or had critical incidents. This figure also compares very well with those of other types of passenger jet. Boeing has produced 1,412 of these planes in total, and up until 2016, just six of them had been written off owing to fires, crashes or attacks.
That said, those six events include the fateful Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17. This Amsterdam-to-Kuala Lumpur jet was shot down with an anti-aircraft missile by pro-Russian rebels in Ukraine on July 17, 2014. And, tragically, that incident resulted in the loss of all 298 passengers on board, leading to international uproar. The alarming event took place just four months after the disappearance of Flight 370.