I would fly with MA60 as it sound like a good airplane. All the crashes ware associated with the place it was operated from. Those in Philipine are because the airport it self was dangerous and hitting wild boar, I guess ATR would hit it too if it was operated there, as with merpati, it was determine that the pilot was at to blame as operating MA60 mix up with Fokker 100 operating manual. None of the crashes ware because the defect in the plane it self, unlike Q400 who have a fail landing gears.
So it is kind of bias to blame one a good airplane just because it was made in China. Yes a good airline should put more concern about safety and not only focusing on profit alone, one of the safety that need to be dealt seriously was the pilot training and aircraft maintenance.
As for MA60, it is a good value and reliable airplane as good as ATR or better safety design compare to Q400.
most of china product never border about quality.....why....please MA60 read and update all the comment and accident to improve this aircraft. why all of this happen...l really confident one day MA60..will success...
This airplane is a piece of junk. China does not know how to make a airplane. They are only good in copying some else design and fabrication. It seems that they cannot copy from Boeing or AirBus on the airplane design yet. It is a horrible incident.
As a passenger with my family on the flight that overshot the runway at Caticlan, I would never fly this type of plane ever again. Maybe, it was pilot error - who knows? Zest never contacted us afterwards to check on our well-being. Will never again fly MA-60.... will never again fly Zest.
The fall of Merpati MA-60 aircraft to the waters of the Kaimana, West Papua, on Saturday (07/05/2011) is the fifth time for an aircraft accident made in China these. This accident is also the most fatal accidents have ever experienced MA-60 aircraft since the first time operated by Sichuan Airlines in 2000.
The first accident occurred on January 11, 2009. At that time, Xian MA-60 belong to Zest Airways flight 865 with 22 passengers and 33 crew members have undershot on Runway 06. The accident occurred when the plane landed at P Godofredo Ramos Airport, Philippines.
Landing gear and propeller aircraft suffered severe damage. Three people were injured. However, there were no fatalities.
The second accident occurred on June 25, 2009. At that time, Xian MA-60 belong to Zest Airways passenger flight number 863 with 54 people with 5 crew had overshot on landing at P Godofredo Ramos Airport. No injuries in the accident.
The third accident occurred on November 3, 2009. Xian MA-60 UM-239 owned by Air Zimbabwe hit five wild boar during takeoff from Harare International Airport. The plane managed to stop the takeoff process. However, gastric plane was badly damaged in a collision.
Meanwhile, on December 7, 2010, the fourth accident occurred at Rangoon International Airport. Xian MA-60 aircraft at that time also skidded while landing.
The accident is the latest and worst crash Merpati MA-60 type in Kaimana, West Papua, on Saturday (05/07/2011) afternoon. The plane crashed and sank. Until this story was written, already 15 people were found dead.
From the Antara news agency revealed, PT Merpati Nusantara Airlines (Merpati) never stop operating (grounded) MA-60 aircraft made by Xian Aircraft of China following the damage to the rudder (wing section) back of the plane.
"Grounded we do because no crack (crack) on the rear wing," said (late) President Bambang Bhakti dove after a hearing with Commission XI DPR-RI at the parliament building on Wednesday (10/6/2009), in an interview.
Based on the facts above we can conclude that the Xian MA60 is , very reliable aircraft, re-engineerd by top chinese engineers, very comfortable, has met the regulations of CCAR Part 25 and FAR Part 25 and is certified by Civil Aviation Authority of China (CAAC).
Go ahead fly with Xian MA 60.
(I personally would NOT)
Judge a product by its quality and not by hate or bias, actually Avic Ma60 is an airwothy aircraft. The crash in Indonesia may be due to very bad weather and poor visibility. Nobody like accident, even Boeing and Airbus do have accident too.