Missing EgyptAir Jet: Airbus A320 Has ‘Excellent Safety Record'

Despite the Airbus A320's recent involvement with several high-profile incidents in recent years, it is still one of the safest commercial jetliners in the world, NBC News reported.

One of the twin-engine planes takes off every 2.5 seconds somewhere on the planet. A workhorse jet, it is used by most U.S. airlines and more than 6,700 of them are in operation worldwide.

They include EgyptAir Flight MS804 — which vanished from radar and crashed early Thursday while carrying a total of 66 passengers and crew from Paris to Cairo. Airbus said the missing Airbus A320 was made in 2003 and delivered to Egyptair in 2008, adding that the aircraft had accumulated around 48,000 flight hours.

The incident came after an 18-month period in which there have been at least six fatal incidents involving the A320 or its variants.

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