Air Disasters

The popularity of travel by air, larger planes with more passengers and hundreds of daily flights have all led to a dramatic increase in the number of accidents and deaths in the past 30 years.
March 3, 1974
Turkish Airlines: A McDonnell Douglas DC-10 crashes northeast of Paris, killing 346 people.
March 27, 1977
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Pan American, KLM: Two Boeing 747s collide at the airport on Tenerife, part of Spain's Canary Islands. A total of 582 people are killed.
May 25, 1979
American Airlines: A McDonnell Douglas DC-10 crashes while taking off in Chicago, killing 275 people.
Aug. 19, 1980
Saudi Arabian Airlines: A Lockheed L-1011 has a fiery emergency landing at Riyadh airport. A total of 301 people are killed.
September 1983
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Korean Air Lines: Flight 007, a Boeing 747, is shot down by a Soviet fighter after flying through Soviet airspace near Sakhalin Island. A total of 269 people are killed.
June 23, 1985
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Air India: A Boeing 747 crashes off the coast of Ireland, killing 329 people. Investigators conclude a bomb caused the crash.
Aug. 12, 1985
Japan Air: Flight 123, another Boeing 747, crashes into a mountain on a domestic flight, killing 520 people.
July 3, 1988
Iran Air: An Airbus A-300 is shot down over the Persian Gulf by the U.S. naval vessel USS Vincennes, killing 290 people.
Dec. 21, 1988
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Pan American: A Boeing 747 crashes in Lockerbie, Scotland. A total of 259 people onboard and 11 others on the ground are killed. The cause of the crash is believed to be a terrorist bomb.
April 26, 1994
China Airlines: An Airbus A300-600 carrying 272 people crashes tail-first while trying to land at the airport in Nagoya, Japan, killing 264 people.
Jan. 8, 1996
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Cargo plane: At least 350 people are killed when a Russian- built Antonov-32 cargo plane crashes into a crowded market in the center of Zaire's capital, Kinshasa.
May 10, 1996
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ValuJet Airlines: A McDonnell Douglas DC-9 jet with 110 people onboard crashes in the swampy Everglades near Miami International Airport. There are no survivors.
July 17, 1996
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TWA: Flight 800, a Boeing 747, explodes in a fireball over the Atlantic Ocean after taking off from New York's Kennedy Airport en route to Paris. All 230 people onboard are killed.
Nov. 12, 1996
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Saudi Arabian Airlines: A Boeing 747 collides shortly after takeoff with a Kazak Ilyushin-76, making a landing approach. The crash, India's worst, kills 349 people.
Aug. 6, 1997
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Korean Air Lines: Flight 801 carrying 254 people from Seoul crashes into a hilly area near Guam's airport. Only 26 people survive.
Sept. 26, 1997
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Garuda Airlines: An Indonesian Airbus A-300-B4 crashes in northern Sumatra. The crash, in a mountainous area about 30 miles south of the city, takes the lives of all 234 passengers
Feb. 2, 1998
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Cebu Pacific Air: A McDonnell Douglas DC-9 crashes into a remote mountain in southern Phillipines, killing all 104 people onboard.
Feb. 16, 1998
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China Airlines: Flight CI642 crashes at Taipei's international airport killing 196 people in the aircraft and seven on the ground. The plane was en route from Bali, Indonesia, and was carrying Sheu Yuan-dong, Taiwan's central bank governor.
Sept. 2, 1998
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Swissair: A McDonnell Douglas MD-11, Flight 111, from New York to Geneva crashes off Nova Scotia as it prepares to make an emergency landing in Halifax. All 215 passengers and 14 crew members are killed.
Dec. 11, 1998
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Thai Airways: An Airbus A-310 crashes on a domestic flight during its third landing attempt at Surat Thani, Thailand, killing 101 people. Forty-five people aboard survive.
Oct. 31, 1999
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EgyptAir: A Boeing 767 begins its ascent from New York's JFK International Airport en route to Cairo, Egypt. Less than one hour after departure, Flight 990 with 217 people mysteriously crashes, killing all.
Jan. 30, 2000
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Kenya Airways: An Airbus A-310 crashes into the Atlantic Ocean shortly after takeoff from Abidjan, Ivory Coast, to Lagos, Nigeria. Ten people survive, but 169 die.
April 19, 2000
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Air Philippines: A Boeing 737-220 crashes on approach to Davao, Philippines, killing all 131 aboard.
July 25, 2000
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Air France: A chartered Concorde supersonic jet crashes outside Paris. It's the first disaster involving the SST. All 109 passengers are killed and four people on the ground die.
Aug. 23, 2000
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Gulf Air: An Airbus A-320 reportedly attempts two landings at Manama airport before circling around a third time and crashing in the Persian Gulf, about four miles north of the Bahrain coast. All 143 passengers aboard are killed.
July 3, 2001
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Vladivostokavia: A three-engine Tupolev-154 jet crashes while trying to land at Irkutsk, a Siberian city about 2,600 miles east of Moscow, killing 145 people.
Sept. 11, 2001
United Airlines and American Airlines: Terrorists hijack four commercial jets. Two planes are suicidally crashed into the World Trade Center twin towers, causing them to collapse. Another plane crashes into the side of the Pentagon and the fourth crashes in a field in Pennsylvania. In total on the four flights, 266 people are killed, and about 3,000 people are killed on the ground.
Oct. 8, 2001
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Scandinavian Air Systems: An MD-87 airliner preparing to take off collided with a private jet on the runway of Milan's Linate airport, plowed into a building and burst into flames, killing at least 114 people.
Nov. 12, 2001
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American Airlines: Flight 587 - a twin-engine Airbus A300 on its way to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic - crashes within minutes after lift off from JFK Airport and crashes into a Queens neighborhood five miles away, killing all 260 on board. At least five people die on the ground.
Feb. 12, 2002
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Iran Air Tours: All 117 people on board an Iranian passenger plane - a Russian-built Tupolev-154 - were killed when the aircraft crashed into a mountain while trying to land in western Iran.
April 15, 2002
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Air China: A Boeing 767-200 en route from Beijing was approaching Pusan's Kimhae Airport in rain and fog when it hit a mountainside near a residential area in South Korea's second largest city. Police said 54 of the 166 people aboard survived.
May 4, 2002
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EAS Airlines: At least 148 people are killed when a Nigerian twin-engine EAS Airlines jet crashes in a working-class neighborhood about half a mile from the airport after taking off with 76 people aboard. It tears a three-block swath through mosques and homes and scatters corpses and debris through the area.
May 7, 2002
China Northern Airlines, EgyptAir A China Northern Airlines plane with 112 people aboard crashes into the water off northeastern China after the captain reports a fire in the cabin. The official Xinhua News Agency says there is little chance anyone survived. It was the day's second crash. Earlier, an EgyptAir Boeing 737 with 62 passengers and crew crashed as it was landing at Tunis airport. At least 20 people were on board.
July 1, 2002
Bashkirian Airlines, DHL delivery service Over 70 people are believed to have been killed in a rare midair collision of a Bashkirian Airlines Tu-154 from Moscow bound for Barcelona, Spain, and a Boeing 757 from the DHL delivery service. The Russian passenger jet and the two-pilot cargo plane collided over Germany near the Swiss border. There are conflicting reports on who was aboard the Russian jet, but recent information says there are 44 children among the dead.