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Delta, plane and airport all ranked safe

GRAPEVINE, Texas -- The crash of a Delta L-1011 at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport Friday marred three of the best safety records in aviation.

The airline, the airplane and the airport all are ranked among the safest in the industry.

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The crash was the first by a major carrier at the airport, which has been a favorite of pilots since it opened in December 1973.

A Delta plane had not crashed since July 1973 when 88 people were killed at Logan Airport in Boston.

Delta has 38 Lockheed L-1011s in service and James Ewing, Delta's director of public relations, said they have an excellent record.

'They are a marvelous airplane,' he said. 'It's incredible to me anything like this might have happened.'

Of the 250 three-engine L-1011s manufacturered from 1968 to 1983, all but three are still flying, Lockheed spokesman Rich Stadler said. Only one had crashed and that was blamed on pilot error.

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