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Safest locations
Last updated: 25 January 2017

Which part of an aircraft is the safest location in case of a deadly accident? This list shows all fatal jetliner accidents operating on passenger flights, with at least one surivor.
The safest location - the part of the aircraft where most occupants survived - has been obtained from official aircraft accident investigation reports. For some accidents the official report could not be obtained, and in some cases the report did not give any information on the safest location (listed as "unknown").
Please note that the crashworthiness aircraft and survivability of accidents in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s is hardly comparable to recent accidents.

Phase Number of accidents
Rear36
Center21
Front30
Based on analysis of 65 accidents.

  Date Type Occupants Survivors Phase Safest location
1 27-AUG-1959 de Havilland DH-106 Comet 4 50 48 Approach
2 20-OCT-1960 Tupolev Tu-104A 68 65 Approach
3 19-JAN-1961 Douglas DC-8-21 106 102 Takeoff
4 16-MAR-1961 Tupolev Tu-104B 51 46 En Route
5 10-JUL-1961 Tupolev Tu-104B 94 93 Approach
6 11-JUL-1961 Douglas DC-8-12 122 105 Landing
7 21-DEC-1961 de Havilland DH-106 Comet 4B 34 7 Initial Climb unknown
8 03-JUN-1962 Boeing 707-328 132 2 Takeoff unknown
9 20-AUG-1962 Douglas DC-8-33 105 90 Takeoff
10 13-JUL-1963 Tupolev Tu-104B 35 2 Approach
11 23-NOV-1964 Boeing 707-331 73 23 Takeoff unknown
12 08-MAR-1965 Tupolev Tu-124V 39 9 Initial Climb
13 20-MAY-1965 Boeing 720-040B 127 6 Approach unknown
14 08-NOV-1965 Boeing 727-23 62 4 Approach
15 11-NOV-1965 Boeing 727-22 91 48 Approach rear
16 11-NOV-1965 Tupolev Tu-124V 64 32 Approach
17 15-FEB-1966 SE-210 Caravelle VI-N 80 78 Approach unknown
18 04-MAR-1966 Douglas DC-8-43 72 8 Approach center
19 05-MAR-1967 Douglas DC-8-33 90 39 Approach front
20 30-JUN-1967 SE-210 Caravelle III 80 56 Approach front/rear
21 05-NOV-1967 Convair CV-880 127 126 Takeoff unknown
22 06-NOV-1967 Boeing 707-131 36 35 Takeoff
23 20-NOV-1967 Convair CV-880 82 12 Approach rear
24 07-FEB-1968 Boeing 707-138B 61 60 Landing
25 16-FEB-1968 Boeing 727-92C 63 42 Approach unknown
26 07-MAR-1968 Tupolev Tu-124 49 48 Takeoff
27 08-APR-1968 Boeing 707-465 127 122 Initial Climb front/center
28 20-APR-1968 Boeing 707-344C 128 5 Initial Climb
29 12-JUN-1968 Boeing 707-321C 63 57 Approach
30 02-AUG-1968 Douglas DC-8-43 95 82 Approach
31 05-JAN-1969 Boeing 727-113C 62 14 Approach unknown
32 13-JAN-1969 DC-8-62 45 30 Approach front
33 26-JUL-1969 SE-210 Caravelle VI-N 37 4 Approach
34 12-SEP-1969 BAC One-Eleven 402AP 47 2 Approach
35 21-SEP-1969 Boeing 727-64 118 91 Approach
36 29-JAN-1970 Tupolev Tu-124V 38 27 Approach
37 01-APR-1970 SE-210 Caravelle III 82 21 Approach
38 02-MAY-1970 DC-9-33CF 63 40 En Route rear
39 27-NOV-1970 DC-8-63CF 229 182 Takeoff front
40 07-DEC-1970 BAC One-Eleven 424EU 27 8 Approach
41 28-DEC-1970 Boeing 727-2A7 55 53 Landing front/center
42 23-MAY-1971 Tupolev Tu-134A 83 5 Landing
43 25-JUL-1971 Tupolev Tu-104B 126 29 Approach
44 06-SEP-1971 BAC One-Eleven 515FB 121 99 Initial Climb
45 21-JAN-1972 DC-9-32 5 4 Approach
46 18-APR-1972 Vickers Super VC10-1154 107 64 Takeoff unknown
47 14-JUN-1972 Douglas DC-8-53 87 5 Approach
48 28-NOV-1972 DC-8-62 76 15 Initial Climb unknown
49 08-DEC-1972 Boeing 737-222 61 18 Approach rear
50 20-DEC-1972 DC-9-31 45 35 Takeoff
51 23-DEC-1972 Fokker F-28 Fellowship 1000 45 5 Approach
52 29-DEC-1972 Lockheed L-1011-385-1 TriStar 1 176 75 Approach front/rear
53 22-JAN-1973 Boeing 707-3D3C 202 26 Landing
54 19-FEB-1973 Tupolev Tu-154 100 34 Approach
55 31-MAY-1973 Boeing 737-2A8 65 17 Approach
56 30-JUN-1973 Tupolev Tu-134A 85 83 Takeoff
57 11-JUL-1973 Boeing 707-345C 134 11 Approach front/center
58 22-JUL-1973 Boeing 707-321B 79 1 En Route
59 31-JUL-1973 DC-9-31 89 1 Approach
60 08-AUG-1973 Yakovlev Yak-40 31 30 Takeoff
61 07-DEC-1973 Tupolev Tu-104B 75 59 Approach
62 01-JAN-1974 Fokker F-28 Fellowship 1000 42 4 Approach
63 26-JAN-1974 Fokker F-28 Fellowship 1000 73 7 Takeoff unknown
64 30-JAN-1974 Boeing 707-321B 101 4 Approach center
65 15-MAR-1974 SE-210 Caravelle 10B3 96 81 Taxi
66 02-MAY-1974 Yakovlev Yak-40 38 37 Takeoff
67 11-SEP-1974 DC-9-31 82 12 Approach rear
68 20-NOV-1974 Boeing 747-130 157 98 Takeoff
69 24-JUN-1975 Boeing 727-225 124 11 Approach rear
70 15-AUG-1975 Yakovlev Yak-40 28 5 Approach
71 20-AUG-1975 Ilyushin Il-62 128 2 Approach
72 01-SEP-1975 Tupolev Tu-134 34 7 Approach
73 24-SEP-1975 Fokker F-28 Fellowship 1000 61 36 Approach
74 30-OCT-1975 DC-9-32 120 45 Approach
75 09-FEB-1976 Tupolev Tu-104A 115 91 Takeoff
76 05-APR-1976 Boeing 727-81 57 56 Landing unknown
77 27-APR-1976 Boeing 727-95 88 51 Landing front
78 27-MAR-1977 Boeing 747-121 396 61 Taxi unknown
79 30-MAR-1977 Yakovlev Yak-40 27 19 Approach
80 04-APR-1977 DC-9-31 85 22 En Route rear
81 27-MAY-1977 Ilyushin Il-62M 70 2 Approach
82 21-SEP-1977 Tupolev Tu-134 53 24 Approach
83 27-SEP-1977 DC-8-62H 79 45 Approach
84 19-NOV-1977 Boeing 727-282 164 33 Landing
85 21-NOV-1977 BAC One-Eleven 420EL 79 33 Approach
86 02-DEC-1977 Tupolev Tu-154A 165 106 Landing
87 18-DEC-1977 SE-210 Caravelle 10R 57 21 Approach
88 11-FEB-1978 Boeing 737-275 49 7 Landing rear
89 01-MAR-1978 DC-10-10 200 198 Takeoff
90 08-MAY-1978 Boeing 727-235 58 55 Approach unknown
91 19-MAY-1978 Tupolev Tu-154B 134 130 En Route
92 26-JUN-1978 DC-9-32 107 105 Takeoff
93 15-NOV-1978 DC-8-63CF 262 79 Approach
94 17-DEC-1978 Boeing 737-2A8 132 131 Takeoff
95 23-DEC-1978 DC-9-32 129 21 Approach
96 28-DEC-1978 DC-8-61 189 179 Approach rear
97 14-MAR-1979 Boeing 727-2D3 64 19 Approach
98 17-MAR-1979 Tupolev Tu-104B 119 61 En Route
99 07-OCT-1979 DC-8-62 154 140 Landing
100 31-OCT-1979 DC-10-10 88 16 Landing unknown
101 23-DEC-1979 Fokker F-28 Fellowship 1000 45 4 Approach
102 03-FEB-1980 Yakovlev Yak-40 37 36 Landing
103 27-FEB-1980 Boeing 707-309C 135 133 Approach
104 12-APR-1980 Boeing 727-27C 58 3 Approach
105 07-AUG-1980 Tupolev Tu-154B-1 168 167 Approach
106 19-NOV-1980 Boeing 747-2B5B 212 198 Landing
107 27-JUL-1981 DC-9-32 66 36 Landing
108 29-AUG-1981 Yakovlev Yak-40 34 31 Approach
109 16-NOV-1981 Tupolev Tu-154B-2 167 68 Approach
110 13-JAN-1982 Boeing 737-222 79 5 Initial Climb rear
111 23-JAN-1982 DC-10-30CF 212 210 Landing unknown
112 09-FEB-1982 DC-8-61 174 150 Approach
113 25-MAY-1982 Boeing 737-2A1 118 116 Landing
114 22-JUN-1982 Boeing 707-437 111 94 Landing
115 13-SEP-1982 DC-10-30CF 394 344 Takeoff front/center
116 29-SEP-1982 Ilyushin Il-62M 77 70 Landing
117 16-JAN-1983 Boeing 727-2F2 67 20 Approach
118 11-MAR-1983 DC-9-32 50 27 Landing
119 29-APR-1983 SE-210 Caravelle VI-R 100 92 Approach
120 02-JUN-1983 Fokker F-28 Fellowship 3000RC 61 58 Takeoff
121 02-JUN-1983 DC-9-32 46 23 En Route center
122 14-SEP-1983 Hawker Siddeley HS-121 Trident 2E 106 95 Taxi
123 27-NOV-1983 Boeing 747-283B 192 11 Approach unknown
124 28-NOV-1983 Fokker F-28 Fellowship 2000 72 19 Approach
125 07-DEC-1983 Boeing 727-256 93 42 Takeoff unknown
126 30-AUG-1984 Boeing 737-2H7C 116 114 Taxi
127 11-OCT-1984 Tupolev Tu-154B-1 179 5 Landing
128 23-DEC-1984 Tupolev Tu-154B-2 111 1 En Route
129 01-FEB-1985 Tupolev Tu-134AK 80 22 Initial Climb
130 02-AUG-1985 Lockheed L-1011 TriStar 1 163 29 Approach rear
131 12-AUG-1985 Boeing 747SR-46 524 4 En Route rear
132 22-AUG-1985 Boeing 737-236 137 82 Takeoff front
133 28-JAN-1986 Boeing 737-2A1 72 71 Takeoff
134 22-JUN-1986 Tupolev Tu-134A 59 58 Takeoff
135 02-JUL-1986 Tupolev Tu-134AK 94 40 En Route
136 20-OCT-1986 Tupolev Tu-134A 92 22 Landing
137 12-DEC-1986 Tupolev Tu-134A 82 10 Approach
138 03-JAN-1987 Boeing 707-379C 51 1 Approach
139 04-APR-1987 DC-9-32 45 22 Approach
140 19-JUN-1987 Yakovlev Yak-40 29 21 Landing
141 04-AUG-1987 Boeing 737-2A1 33 32 Landing
142 16-AUG-1987 DC-9-82 (MD-82) 155 1 Takeoff front
143 15-NOV-1987 Douglas DC-9-14 82 54 Takeoff rear
144 18-JAN-1988 Tupolev Tu-154B-1 143 132 Landing
145 24-JAN-1988 Yakovlev Yak-40 31 4 Initial Climb
146 27-FEB-1988 Tupolev Tu-134AK 51 31 Approach
147 28-APR-1988 Boeing 737-297 95 94 En Route not relevant
148 02-AUG-1988 Yakovlev Yak-40 37 8 Takeoff
149 31-AUG-1988 Hawker Siddeley HS-121 Trident 2E 89 82 Landing
150 31-AUG-1988 Boeing 727-232 108 94 Takeoff front/center
151 09-SEP-1988 Tupolev Tu-134A 90 14 Approach
152 15-SEP-1988 Boeing 737-260 104 69 Approach rear
153 17-OCT-1988 Boeing 707-338C 52 19 Approach unknown
154 19-OCT-1988 Boeing 737-2A8 135 2 Approach
155 25-OCT-1988 Fokker F-28 Fellowship 1000 69 57 Initial Climb
156 11-DEC-1988 Ilyushin Il-76M 78 1 Approach
157 08-JAN-1989 Boeing 737-4Y0 126 79 Approach front
158 10-MAR-1989 Fokker F-28 Fellowship 1000 69 45 Initial Climb
159 07-JUN-1989 DC-8-62 187 11 Approach
160 17-JUN-1989 Ilyushin Il-62M 113 92 Takeoff unknown
161 19-JUL-1989 DC-10-10 296 185 Landing center
162 27-JUL-1989 DC-10-30 199 124 Approach
163 03-SEP-1989 Boeing 737-241 54 41 En Route
164 20-SEP-1989 Boeing 737-401 63 61 Takeoff front/center
165 21-OCT-1989 Boeing 727-224 146 15 Approach
166 13-JAN-1990 Tupolev Tu-134A 71 44 En Route
167 25-JAN-1990 Boeing 707-321B 158 85 Approach rear
168 14-FEB-1990 Airbus A320-231 146 54 Approach rear
169 11-MAY-1990 Boeing 737-3Y0 120 112 PBT
170 14-SEP-1990 Yakovlev Yak-42 129 125 Approach
171 02-OCT-1990 Boeing 757-21B 122 76 STD
172 24-OCT-1990 Yakovlev Yak-40S2 31 20 Approach
173 03-DEC-1990 Douglas DC-9-14 44 36 Taxi front
174 01-FEB-1991 Boeing 737-3B7 89 67 Landing rear
175 20-FEB-1991 BAe-146-200A 72 52 Landing
176 23-MAY-1991 Tupolev Tu-154B-1 178 165 Landing
177 26-JUN-1991 BAC One-Eleven 402AP 53 49 Landing
178 20-JAN-1992 Airbus A320-111 96 9 Approach rear
179 22-MAR-1992 Fokker F-28 Fellowship 4000 51 24 Takeoff front/rear
180 31-JUL-1992 Yakovlev Yak-42D 126 19 Takeoff
181 14-NOV-1992 Yakovlev Yak-40 31 1 Approach
182 21-DEC-1992 DC-10-30CF 340 284 Landing
183 05-MAR-1993 Fokker 100 97 14 Initial Climb
184 26-APR-1993 Boeing 737-2A8 118 63 Takeoff
185 01-JUL-1993 Fokker F-28 Fellowship 3000 43 2 Approach
186 23-JUL-1993 BAe-146-300 113 57 Takeoff
187 26-JUL-1993 Boeing 737-5L9 116 48 Approach
188 28-AUG-1993 Yakovlev Yak-40 86 4 Takeoff
189 14-SEP-1993 Airbus A320-211 70 68 Landing center/rear
190 26-OCT-1993 DC-9-82 (MD-82) 80 78 Landing
191 13-NOV-1993 DC-9-82 (MD-82) 102 90 Approach
192 26-APR-1994 Airbus A300B4-622R 271 7 Approach center
193 01-JUL-1994 Fokker F-28 Fellowship 4000 93 13 Landing
194 02-JUL-1994 DC-9-31 57 20 Approach rear
195 18-SEP-1994 BAC One-Eleven 515FB 39 34 Approach
196 05-NOV-1994 Yakovlev Yak-40 31 25 Landing
197 29-DEC-1994 Boeing 737-4Y0 76 19 Approach
198 10-JAN-1995 Douglas DC-9-14 52 1 Approach
199 24-JUN-1995 Tupolev Tu-134A 80 64 Landing
200 13-NOV-1995 Boeing 737-2F9 138 127 Landing
201 03-DEC-1995 Boeing 737-2K9 76 5 Approach
202 05-DEC-1995 Tupolev Tu-134B-3 82 30 Initial Climb
203 20-DEC-1995 Boeing 757-223 163 4 Approach unknown
204 13-JUN-1996 DC-10-30 275 272 Takeoff front/center
205 26-OCT-1996 Yakovlev Yak-40K 37 32 Landing
206 14-FEB-1997 Boeing 737-2C3 52 51 Landing
207 08-MAY-1997 Boeing 737-31B 74 39 Landing
208 29-JUL-1997 BAC One-Eleven 203AE 55 54 Landing
209 06-AUG-1997 Boeing 747-3B5 254 26 Approach front/center/rear
210 03-SEP-1997 Tupolev Tu-134B-3 66 1 Approach
211 15-DEC-1997 Tupolev Tu-154B-1 86 1 Approach
212 28-DEC-1997 Boeing 747-122 393 392 En Route not relevant
213 05-MAY-1998 Boeing 737-282 88 13 Approach
214 29-AUG-1998 Tupolev Tu-154M 91 21 Takeoff
215 11-DEC-1998 Airbus A310-204 146 45 Approach front/center/rear
216 01-JUN-1999 DC-9-82 (MD-82) 145 134 Landing front/rear
217 22-AUG-1999 MD-11 315 312 Landing
218 24-AUG-1999 MD-90-30 96 95 Landing
219 26-AUG-1999 Yakovlev Yak-40 33 31 Landing
220 31-AUG-1999 Boeing 737-204C 103 40 Takeoff unknown
221 21-DEC-1999 DC-10-30 314 298 Landing unknown
222 30-JAN-2000 Airbus A310-304 179 10 En Route front/center/rear
223 17-JUL-2000 Boeing 737-2A8 Advanced 58 3 Approach unknown
224 31-OCT-2000 Boeing 747-412 179 96 Takeoff front/rear
225 03-MAR-2001 Boeing 737-4D7 8 7 STD not relevant
226 24-NOV-2001 Avro RJ.100 33 9 Approach unknown
227 16-JAN-2002 Boeing 737-3Q8 60 59 Approach
228 15-APR-2002 Boeing 767-2J6ER 166 37 Approach front/rear
229 04-MAY-2002 BAC One-Eleven 525FT 77 6 En Route
230 07-MAY-2002 Boeing 737-566 62 48 Approach
231 08-JAN-2003 Avro RJ.100 80 5 Approach
232 06-MAR-2003 Boeing 737-2T4 103 1 Initial Climb
233 22-JUN-2003 Canadair CRJ-100ER 24 23 Approach not relevant
234 08-JUL-2003 Boeing 737-2J8C 117 1 Approach
235 25-DEC-2003 Boeing 727-223 163 22 Takeoff
236 30-NOV-2004 DC-9-82 (MD-82) 163 138 Landing
237 20-APR-2005 Boeing 707-3J9C 169 166 Landing not relevant
238 23-AUG-2005 Boeing 737-244 98 58 Approach front/rear
239 05-SEP-2005 Boeing 737-230 117 17 Initial Climb
240 10-DEC-2005 DC-9-32 110 2 Landing
241 09-JUL-2006 Airbus A310-324 203 78 Landing
242 27-AUG-2006 Canadair CRJ-100ER 50 1 Takeoff front
243 01-SEP-2006 Tupolev Tu-154M 148 120 Landing
244 10-OCT-2006 BAe-146-200A 16 12 Landing
245 29-OCT-2006 Boeing 737-2B7 105 9 Initial Climb
246 07-MAR-2007 Boeing 737-497 140 119 Landing center/rear
247 17-MAR-2007 Tupolev Tu-134A-3 57 51 Landing
248 28-JUN-2007 Boeing 737-2M2 78 73 Landing
249 16-SEP-2007 DC-9-82 (MD-82) 130 40 Landing unknown
250 15-APR-2008 DC-9-51 94 91 Takeoff
251 30-MAY-2008 Airbus A320-233 124 121 Landing center/rear
252 10-JUN-2008 Airbus A310-324 214 184 Landing unknown
253 20-AUG-2008 DC-9-82 (MD-82) 172 18 Takeoff front
254 24-AUG-2008 Boeing 737-219 90 25 Approach
255 25-FEB-2009 Boeing 737-8F2 135 126 Approach center/rear
256 30-JUN-2009 Airbus A310-324 153 1 Approach rear
257 24-JUL-2009 Ilyushin Il-62M 173 157 Landing center/rear
258 12-NOV-2009 Canadair CRJ-100ER 15 14 Taxi
259 12-MAY-2010 Airbus A330-202 104 1 Approach
260 22-MAY-2010 Boeing 737-8HG (WL) 166 8 Landing front/center
261 16-AUG-2010 Boeing 737-73V (WL) 131 129 Landing front/rear
262 24-AUG-2010 Embraer ERJ-190 96 52 Landing
263 04-DEC-2010 Tupolev Tu-154M 171 169 Landing
264 01-JAN-2011 Tupolev Tu-154B-2 134 131 STD
265 09-JAN-2011 Boeing 727-286 105 27 Approach
266 04-APR-2011 Canadair CRJ-100ER 33 1 Landing unknown
267 20-JUN-2011 Tupolev Tu-134A-3 52 5 Approach unknown
268 08-JUL-2011 Boeing 727-022 (WL) 115 38 Landing
269 20-AUG-2011 Boeing 737-210C 15 3 Approach
270 07-SEP-2011 Yakovlev Yak-42D 45 1 Initial Climb front
271 25-DEC-2012 Fokker 100 71 70 Approach
272 06-JUL-2013 Boeing 777-28EER 307 304 Landing
273 28-NOV-2016 Avro RJ.85 77 6 En Route