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Worst and recent plane crashes

Updated on September 3, 2014

Plane Crash

Listed below is a list of the recent and worst plane crashes

Recent plane crashes

  • July 24, 2014: The Swiftair MD-83 flight operated by Air Algerie plunged to the ground in Mali killing all the 116 passengers. It is believed that the deaths were so instant that none had the time to suffer.
  • July 23, 2014: Flight GE222 operated by TransAsia Airways of Taiwan crashed into a residential area in the Taiwan Strait between China and Taiwan, while trying a second attempt at landing. All 58 passengers and crew were killed.
  • July 17, 2014: The Boeing 777 Flight MH17 operated by Malaysian Airlines was shot down over Ukrainian territory held by rebels by a surface-to-air missile while en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur. All 298 passengers including the crew were killed. The Ukrainian government accused the rebels of shooting down the plane, while the rebels placed the blame on the government forces.
  • March 08, 2014: A Boeing 777-200 Malaysia Airlines plane with 239 passengers disappeared from the radar while going from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. Flight MH370 vanished when flying over the waters between Vietnam and Malaysia. Even after more than 4 months of costly search and rescue operations, the plane has still not been found.
  • February 16, 2014: A small passenger flight carrying 18 people crashed due to bad weather over snow covered mountains in Nepal killing all. The plane was flying to Jamia from Pokhara.
  • February 11, 2014: All 77 passengers aboard an Algerian military transport flight were killed when it crashed into a mountain. It was one of the worst air disasters in North Africa in quite some time. The plane wreckage was found near eastern Algeria neighboring Ouled Gacem village.
  • November 17, 2013: A Boeing 737 belonging to Tatarstan Airlines went into an almost vertical dive, crashed into the runway and burst into flamesupon landing at Kazan, Russia. All 6 crew members and 44 passengers were killed.
  • November 13, 2013: Flight TM 470 operated by Mozambique Airlines flying from Maputo to Luanda crashed at a game park in Namibia. All the 27 passengers and 6 crew members were killed.
  • October 16, 2013: Loa Airlines ATR-72 turboprop plane flying from Vientiane to Pakse ran into stormy weather and crashed and sank into the Mekong River near south Laos. All 44 people on board were killed.
  • June 03, 2012: All 147 people travelling aboard Dana Air operated McDonnell Douglas MD-83 plane were killed when it crashed into a building in Lagos, Nigeria, while preparing for landing.
  • May 14, 2012: A privately owned Dornier plane, flying to Jamsom from Pokhara, crashed when trying to land at a mountain airstrip in Northwest Nepal. Out of the 21 onboard, 15 people were killed.
  • April 20, 2012:A Boeing 737 operated by Bhoja Air crashed into wheat fields near Islamabad, Pakistan due to bad weather conditions. None of the 127 passengers and crew survived.
  • July 26, 2011: A Hercules C-130 Moroccan military transport aircraft crashed into a mountain in southern Morocco after experiencing bad weather. 78 people were killed while just 3 survived.
  • July 08, 2011: A plane carrying 178 passengers and crew crashed into a dense forest in the Democratic Republic of Congo while trying to land during stormy rainy conditions. 51 people survived while 127 were killed.
  • November 05, 2010: AeroCaribbean Flight 883 operated by the state ploughed into a mountainous region near Guasimal village in Santi Spiritus province, Cuba and burst into flames. All 7 crew members and 61 passengers on board were killed.
  • July 28, 2010: A Pakistani passenger airliner carrying 152 people crashed near Islamabad during a rainstorm. None survived. The Airbus 321 had taken off from Karachi. It was one of worst aviation disasters in the country.
  • May 22, 2010: An Air India Express aircraft crashed and burst into flames in Mangalore after it overshot the runway. The Boeing 737 aircraft carrying 166 people hit a navigation aid and a concrete localizer instrument, and then plunged in to a 200-300 meters deep ravine. 158 people were killed while 8 survived.
  • April 10, 2010: All the 96 people, including President Lech Kaczynski of Poland were killed when his plane crashed near the city of Smolensk in western Russia.
  • 30 June 2009:A Yemenia Airbus A310 plane flying to the Comoros islands crashed into the Indian Ocean. Only 1 (a girl aged 14) out of the 153 people on board survived.
  • 1 June 2009:An Airbus A330 operated by Air France, carrying 228 people, ran into extreme weather over the Atlantic Ocean and crashed into the waters. The aircraft disappeared from the radar after it left Brazil. No one survived.

Worst plane crashes

  • 27 March 1977: Two Boeing 747s operated by Pan Am and KLM collided in Tenerife on a runway killing 583 people. It is the worst disaster in the history of commercial air travel.
  • 12 August 1985:A Boeing 747 operated by Japan Airlines experienced mechanical failure and crashed into Mount Osutaka, killing 520 people.
  • 12 November 1996: A Saudi Arabian Airlines Boeing 747 and an Air Kazakhstan Soviet-era Ilyushin-76 aircraft collided in mid-air in India. 349 people were killed.
  • 3 March 1974: The cargo door of a Turkish airlines operated Douglas DC-10 accidentally flew open during mid-flight in France. 346 people died in the disaster.
  • 19 August 1980: A Lockheed L-1011 Tristar aircraft caught fire while on a runway in Saudi Arabia. Delayed evacuation resulted in 301 deaths.
  • 25 May 1979: The engine of an American Airlines operated McDonnell-Douglas DC-10 aircraft fell off after it took off from Chicago. 275 people were killed.
  • 12 November 2001: An Airbus A300 crashed into the Queens neighborhood of NYC when its tail fin snapped just after takeoff from New York. 265 were killed in the accident.
  • 26 April 1994:Pilot error resulted in the crash of a China Airlines operated Airbus A300 when it was landing at Japan’s Nagoya airport. 264 people died.
  • 11 July 1991:After takeoff from Saudi Arabia, a Nigeria Airways chartered Nationair DC-8-61 experienced tire failure and subsequent fire onboard, killing 261 people.
  • 28 November 1979: An Air New Zealand operated McDonnell-Douglas DC-10 aircraft rammed into Mount Erebus in Antarctica. 257 people on this sightseeing tour were killed.


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