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Deadliest Air Crashes Worldwide

Following is a list of the 10 air crashes around the world with the greatest numbers of victims killed:
  • March 27, 1977: Two Boeing 747s operated by Pan American and KLM collide at airport on Tenerife in Spain's Canary Islands; 582 killed.
  • Aug. 12, 1985: Japan Air Lines 747 crashes into a mountain on a domestic flight; 520 killed.
  • Nov. 12, 1996: A Saudi 747 collides shortly after takeoff with a Kazak Ilyushin-76 making its landing approach; 349 killed.
  • March 3, 1974: Turkish McDonnell Douglas DC-10 crashes northeast of Paris; 346 killed.
  • June 23, 1985: Air-India 747 crashes off the coast of Ireland; investigators conclude a bomb caused the crash; 329 killed.
  • Aug. 19, 1980: Fiery emergency landing of a Saudi Arabian Lockheed L-1011 at the airport in the Saudi capital of Riyadh; 301 killed.
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  • July 3, 1988: Iran Air A300 Airbus shot down by USS Vincennes over the Persian Gulf; 290 killed.
  • May 25, 1979: American Airlines DC-10 crashes on takeoff in Chicago; 273 killed.
  • Dec. 21, 1988: Pan Am 747 crashes at Lockerbie, Scotland; a terrorist bomb was blamed; 270 killed, including 259 people on the plane and 11 on the ground.
  • Sept. 1, 1983: Korean Air Lines 747 shot down by a Soviet fighter after flying through Soviet airspace near Sakhalin Island; 269 killed.