Airlines are dangerous and terrifying for a variety of reasons. Crashes, hijackings, security breaches, poor safety standards, unruly passengers, pilots who fly under the influence –these are just a few of the things that will make you feel like William Shatner in Nightmare at 20,000 Feet. Every year the European Commission for Transport publishes a list of airlines banned within the EU; there are many airlines on the list, a lot of which are from Africa (21 of the banned airlines are from the Democratic Republic of Congo alone), but, in Asia, a whopping 57 of them are from Indonesia.
Several factors are taken into consideration in determining which airlines are the most dangerous, including audits from the Federal Aviation Administration, International Civil Aviation Organization, and the airlines' fatality record. In 2014, Malaysia Airlines was involved in two major tragedies; Flight MH370 went missing over the Indian Ocean in March carrying 239 people, and flight MH17 was hit by a ground-launched missile as it flew over Ukraine. However, due to its overall performance and safety record, Malaysia Airlines still earned 5 out of 7 stars on AirlineRating’s scale. Of course, that’s not going to change the fact that the general public thinks Malaysia’s planes are “flying coffins.” Here are 10 of the world’s most terrifying airlines.
9 Philippine Airlines
8 Kenya Airways
7 SCAT Airlines
6 Susi Air
5 Daallo Airlines
4 Tara Air
3 Lion Air
2 Nepal Airlines
1 Kam Air
An airline based in Kabul… no, that doesn’t sound dangerous. Highway 1, the 65-kilometer stretch of Taliban-controlled highway between Jalalabad and Kabul, has long been considered one of the most dangerous highways in the world. It makes sense, then, that Afghanistan would also be home to the most terrifying airline. Kam Air has been operating since 2003, providing domestic passenger services and regional international services. Kam Air is not allowed in U.S. or European airspace. In the past 12 years the airline has experienced a host of issues, including bomb threats, a tail strike, and a crash that killed 96 passengers and eight crew members. There is nothing friendly about flying the skies above Kabul.
Sources: <strong> </strong>NBCnews.com, WSJ.com, DailyMail.co.uk
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