What A Let Down: The Worst Planes, Jets, And Helicopters Ever Made

Since the first aircraft took flight in 1903, planes have revolutionized the world. People can travel to different countries in a single day, and international mail has sped up. Despite the many great aircraft out there, the world has terrible planes, too.

Some jets were built to transport people and ended up falling apart. Others were experiments from the government that didn’t pan out or military crafts that ended up shot down. Here are the worst planes, jets, and helicopters ever made.

The Douglas DC-10 Was Accident-Prone

When the Douglas DC-10 first released, it was one of the most poorly-manufactured jets ever. Since the 1970s, it has had at least 55 accidents. These were mainly due to the cargo doors opening outwards instead of inwards, like most planes.

The Douglas DC-10 is seen from above in 1970.
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© Museum of Flight/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images

In 1972, the closed cargo door flew open in the middle of a flight, requiring a redesign. The same thing happened two years later. In 1979, an engine fell off of a wing while the plane was taking off.