List of Accidents and Incidents Involving Airliners by Location
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List of Accidents and Incidents Involving Airliners by Location

This list of accidents and incidents on airliners by location summarizes airline accidents by state location, airline company with flight number, date, and cause. It is also available grouped

If the aircraft crashed on land, it will be listed under a continent and a country. If the aircraft crashed on a body of water, it will be listed under that body of water (unless that body of water is part of the area of a country). Accidents and incidents written in bold were the deadliest in that country.






  • UTAGE Flight 141 Overloading caused the plane to take off too late and struck an airport structure. The Boeing 727 slid and broke, plunged into the Atlantic in Benin's deadliest aviation disaster.

Canary Islands, Spain

Memorial service for the victims of the Tenerife Airport disaster, the deadliest aviation accident in history


  • Caledonian Airways Flight 153 crashed into a swamp shortly after takeoff from Douala International Airport on 4 March 1962, killing all 111 aboard. The cause was never determined.
  • Cameroon Airlines Flight 786 - The Boeing 737-2H7C was taxiing for take-off from Douala International Airport when the engine no 2 suffered a turbine engine failure which resulted a fire. All 116 passengers and crews were able to evacuate from the burning aircraft, but two passengers died due to fire outside of the aircraft.
  • Cameroon Airlines Flight 3701 - Upon approach to Douala International Airport, the Boeing 737-200 nose-dived and crashed into a swamp, killing 71 people and injuring 5. Engine thrust asymmetry and subsequent lost of control are suspected as the cause of the incident.
  • Kenya Airways Flight 507 - The night of 5 May 2007, shortly after takeoff from Douala International Airport a Boeing 737-800 suddenly banked heavily to the right, nose-dived and crashed into a swamp, killing all 114 aboard. The incident was caused by pilot error. Investigation identified lack of crew coordination, spatial disorientation, and confusion in the use of the auto pilot as contributing factors to Cameroon's deadliest plane crash.



  • Ethiopian Airlines Flight 961 was hijacked on 23 November 1996 en route from Addis Ababa to Nairobi by three Ethiopians seeking political asylum. The plane crash-landed in the Indian Ocean near Comoros after running out of fuel, killing 125 of the 175 passengers and crew on board.
  • Yemenia Flight 626 The Airbus A310 was on approach to Moroni when it stalled. The flight crews did not take the appropriate action to recover it and the plane crashed into the Indian Ocean off the Northern coast of Comoros on 30 June 2009. Of 153 aboard, 152 died; a 12-year-old passenger was found alive.

Democratic Republic of the Congo

  • Hewa Bora Airways Flight 122 crashed into a residential and market area of Goma on 15 April 2008 after its engines failed during takeoff. Three passengers and 37 people on the ground died; 83 passengers and 8 crew survived. Additionally 111 injuries were reported, 40 of whom were passengers.
  • An Antonov An-26 operated by Africa One crashed and burned shortly after takeoff from Kinshasa on 4 October 2007. Deaths numbered 51, including 30 on the ground. One, possibly two, passengers survived. The cause of the crash is under investigation.
  • An Antonov An-32B operated by the Great Lakes Business Company, overloaded with nine tons of cassiterite and other minerals, and carrying 12 passengers and a crew of three develops engine failure about ten minutes after takeoff from Kongolo Airport in Kongolo on 26 August 2007. It attempts to return to the airport but strikes trees, crashes, and burns short of the runway, killing 14 of the 15 people on board.[1]
  • A L-410 aircraft operated by Free Airlines crashed in a swamp shortly after takeoff from Kamina Airport on 21 June 2007. The plane was overloaded, carrying 21 passengers and crew rather than the 17 maximum specified. One person died, and four others were badly injured.
  • An Antonov An-26B operated by Air Kasai in the Democratic Republic of the Congo on a flight from Boende to Kinshasa on 9 September 2005 crashed 50 km (31 miles) north of Brazzaville in the neighboring Republic of the Congo, killing all 13 people on board.[2]
  • An Antonov An-26B operated as a Kavatshi Airlines flight under an airworthiness certificate that had expired in September 2004, strikes a tree, crashes, and burns while landing in fog at Matari Airport in Isiro, Democratic Republic of the Congo, killing all 11 people on board.[3]
  • 1996 Air Africa crash Failed to take off due to being over maximum takeoff weight. The aircraft overran the runway and plowed into a crowded market, which killed more than 220 people.

Democratic Republic of the Congo


  • 1969 Aswan Ilyushin Il-18 crash, the Ilyushin Il-18 banked to right, hit the runway and burst into flames while attempting to land on Aswan International Airport in Aswan. 100 people aboard were killed.
  • United Arab Airlines Flight 749, descending too low while approaching Cairo Airport and crashed around 5 km from the airport during a thunderstorm on 18 March 1966. All 30 people perished in the accident.
  • Pan Am Flight 93 was hijacked as a part of the Dawson's Field hijackings on 6 September 1970 and flown to Beirut and then to Cairo. The aircraft was blown up by the hijackers seconds after the passengers were deplaned.
  • Flash Airlines Flight 604 crashed into the Red Sea shortly after takeoff from Sharm el-Sheikh International Airport on 3 January 2004. All 148 aboard were killed. The findings of the crash investigation are controversial, with accident investigators from the different countries involved not agreeing on the cause.
  • Libyan Arab Airlines Flight 114 was shot down by Israeli fighter jets on 21 February 1973 after it entered Israeli airspace and its pilots ignored instructions from the fighter pilots. Deaths were 108 of those aboard; one of the five survivors included the copilot.
  • KLM Flight 823 crashed, burst into flames while on approach to Cairo International Airport, killing 20 people.
Members of Embassy of Pakistan and Pakistani Community in Egypt commemorating the anniversary of crash victims of PIA Flight 705
  • PIA Flight 705 crashed while attempting to land at Cairo International Airport on 20 May 1965 when the pilot descended too quickly. Six passengers survived; the other 121 people aboard died.
  • TWA Flight 903 crashed during a forced emergency landing in the desert near Cairo after an engine caught fire and separated from the aircraft mid-flight on 1 September 1950. All 55 aboard were killed.
A makeshift memorial for the passengers and crew on board Metrojet Flight 9268
  • Metrojet Flight 9268 is destroyed by a bomb while cruising in mid-air over the Sinai Peninsula, killing all 224 people on board. Russia and the West blamed ISIS for the downing of the aircraft, while Egypt denied such allegations.

Equatorial Guinea



  • Allied Air Flight 111 - On June 2, 2012, a Boeing 727 overran the runway crashing into a perimeter fence, minibus, cyclist, and taxicab resulting in 12 deaths on the ground. All four crew members survived.

Ivory Coast

  • Kenya Airways Flight 431 The aircraft was actually flying at normal take-off speed and doing fine. But then, the Airbus A310 stall warning suddenly went on. The pilots then pushed the controllers, so the stall warning stopped. The plane actually never flew at stall speed. Flight 431 then crashed into the Atlantic Ocean shortly after takeoff from Abidjan on 30 January 2000. Ten passengers survived. Of the 169 fatalities, 146 bodies were recovered, and 103 of those bodies were identified.
  • Varig Flight 797 crashed into the jungle near Abidjan after engine failure on 3 January 1987. Of 51 on board, 50 people died; a single passenger survived.


  • Lufthansa Flight 540 - The Boeing 747 stalled shortly after takeoff, grazed some bushes and grass, and hit an elevated road access. The left wing burst into flames and spread, killing 59 people.


  • Pan Am Flight 151 crashed into a hill in Bong County on 22 June 1951 due to pilot error. All 40 on board were killed.
  • Varig Flight 837 was a flight from Fiumicino Airport, Rome, Italy to Roberts International Airport, Monrovia, Liberia. On 5 March 1967, due to pilot error, the flight crashed during approach to Runway 04 of Roberts International Airport. 71 passengers and 19 crew on board, 50 passengers and the flight engineer perished. In addition 5 people on the ground were also killed. The aircraft caught fire and was written off. This is the deadliest aviation accident in Liberia to this day.


  • 1958 Central African Airways plane crash The plane, a Vickers Viscount was carrying 54 people when it crashed into high ground, killing 36 people. At the time, it was the deadliest plane crash in Libya. Possible fatigue and indisposition were blamed for the crash.
  • Afriqiyah Airways Flight 771 The Airbus A330 was on approach to Tripoli International Airport on 12 May 2010 when it crashed to the ground on nose down input, slid, disintegrated and exploded. Among the 104 aboard, there was one survivor, nine-year-old Ruben van Assouw from the Netherlands.
  • Korean Air Flight 803 crashed onto an orchard while on approach to Tripoli International Airport on 27 July 1989 on thick fog and low visibility, killing 79 people. The cause was due to pilot error.
  • Libyan Arab Airlines Flight 1103 Flight 1103 was approaching to Tripoli Airport on 22 December 1992 when it collided with a fighter jet, killing all 157 people oboard flight 1103, while the two pilots of the fighter jet ejected and survived. However, some have contested this conclusion, claiming Muammar Gaddafi ordered the aircraft's destruction.



  • Air Mauritanie Flight 625 - The Fokker F28 Fellowship was carrying a total of 93 people when it flew into a sandstorm. This limits the visibility for the pilots. The aircraft hit terrain and killed a total of 80 people in the worst crash involving a Fokker 28 and one of the deadliest in Mauritania.


  • Air France Flight 2005 - On 12 September 1961, a Sud Aviation Caravelle was on approach to Rabat when it crashed to the ground, killing all 77 people on board.
  • Agadir air disaster - On 3 August 1975, a Boeing 707-321C crashed into a mountain and exploded, killing all 188 people on board in Morocco's deadliest air disaster. The plane was totally destroyed.
  • Royal Air Maroc Flight 630 - On 21 August 1994, an ATR 42-312 was carrying 44 people while en route to Mohammed V Airport. when it was deliberately crashed by the pilot, killing all on board.




  • Nigeria Airways Flight 825 a Vickers VC10 struck trees and exploded while on approach to Lagos International Airport on 20 November 1969, killing all 87 people on board.
  • Kano air disaster A Boeing 707 was landing at Kano Airport on 22 January 1973 when the nose wheel suddenly collapsed. After that, the right main gear started to collapsed as well. The aircraft spun 180°, excursed the runway and burst into flames, killing 176.
  • ADC Airlines Flight 86 The plane was in collision course with another plane. The pilots adverted the disaster by doing a drastic maneuvre, but lost control and crashed. The cause was ATC error and pilot error.
  • Nigeria Airways Flight 357 The Boeing 737-2F9 was landing on Kaduna Airport on 13 November 1995 when it overran the runway and burst into flames, killing 11 people. The aircraft was destroyed by the flames.
  • EAS Airlines Flight 4226 While taking off from Kano, the aircraft overran the runway. The engine ingested a massive amount of dust, causing it to fail. The aircraft then crashed into a heavily populated residential area. Deaths included 71 people aboard the aircraft, as well as 78 people on the ground.
  • Bellview Airlines Flight 210 Shortly after takeoff, the aircraft immediately nose dived and crashed at high speed. Everyone on board was killed. Cause undetermined.
  • Sosoliso Airlines Flight 1145 Crash landed on the runway at Port Harcourt International Airport on 10 December 2005 due to pilot error.
  • ADC Airlines Flight 53 Crashed immediately after takeoff due to wind shear and pilot error on 29 October 2006
  • Dana Air Flight 992 The fuel line, which is vital for the operation of the engine, was damaged. Thus, causing the engine to fail. The plane then slammed into a neighborhood in Lagos, killing everyone on board.


  • RwandAir Flight 205 crashed into a building after an engine throttle became jammed during landings in Kigali on 12 November 2009, killing one passenger.


  • Somali Airlines Flight 40, few minutes after taking off from Mogadishu, the aircraft entered a violent turbulence. The plane shook violently, went into a spiral dive, and lost control after its right wing separated. It then crashed near Balad, killing all 50 people on board.
  • Daallo Airlines Flight 3159, an Airbus A321 was en route to Djibouti city when a part of its cabin exploded shortly after taking off from Mogadishu's Aden Adde International Airport. 2 injuries were reported. A passenger was sucked out from the aircraft and his body was found near Balad.

South Africa

Wreckage of the plane crash that killed President Samora Machel


  • Sudan Airways Flight 109 crashed, broke apart, and caught fire upon landing at Khartoum on 10 June 2008. The cause of the accident was because the aircraft had been dispatched with the port engine thrust reverser deactivated. This condition caused it to veer to the right when the captain activated reverse thrust in both engines in order to stop the aircraft within 2,080 metres (6,820 ft) of runway left. Thirty people were confirmed dead.
  • Sudan Airways Flight 139 crashed in Port Sudan on 8 July 2003 killing all 117 aboard. The flight crew was not able to see the runway in the low visibility and crashed when attempting a missed approach. A toddler initially survived the crash, however he succumbed to his injuries the next day.
  • Sudan Airways Flight 111 was hijacked on 30 March 2007. The hijacker demanded to be flown to South Africa, but agreed to stop to refuel in Khartoum, where he was arrested.

South Sudan



  • EgyptAir Flight 843 - On 7 May 2002, a Boeing 737 carrying 62 people was on approach to Tunisia's capital Tunis when it crashed into a nearby hill. The aircraft broke up, killing 14 people.



  • Air New Zealand Flight 901 crashed into the side of Mount Erebus, Antarctica, on 28 November 1979 for various reasons including pilot error, maintenance crew error, and whiteout conditions. All 257 aboard died.



Rescuers reached the crash site of Kam Air Flight 904. The tail of the plane could be seen on the right.
  • Kam Air Flight 904 crashed in the Pamir Mountains during a snow storm on 3 February 2005. All 104 people on board were killed, and the cause of the crash remains under investigation and undetermined.
  • Pamir Airways Flight 112 crashed in northern Afghanistan on 17 May 2010, killing 43 or 44 people.
  • National Airlines Flight 102, a Boeing 747-428BCF crashes after takeoff from Bagram Airfield on April 29, 2013. All 7 crew members are killed. The rope that secured the cargo snapped. The cargo managed to shift and slammed onto the rear bulkhead, causing the plane to lose its control.



  • Azerbaijan Airlines Flight 56 - Shortly after taking off from Nakhchivan Airport, the Tupolev Tu-134 encountered an engine failure on its engine no 1. The pilots seemed to misread it as a failure on engine no 2. Therefore, they shut down engine no 2. After realizing their failure, the pilots gave full power to engine no 2. But the engine already stopped. The plane banked heavily and crashed into a field. Fifty-two people were killed in Azerbaijan's worst plane disaster.
  • Azerbaijan Airlines Flight 217 - The Antonov An-140 suffered an instrument failure. While it was returning to Baku, the plane crashed into a beach. All 23 people on board were killed in the disaster.


  • Air France Douglas DC-4 accidents on 12 June 1950, a flight from Saigon to Paris crashed in the Persian Gulf while on approach to Bahrain International Airport killing 46 of the 52 on board. On 14 June 1950, a second Douglas DC-4 operating on the same flight route, crashed in the Persian Gulf while on approach to Bahrain International Airport, killing 40 of 53 on board.
  • Gulf Air Flight 072 crashed in the Persian Gulf while on approach to Bahrain International Airport on 23 August 2000, due to pilot error and spatial disorientation, killing all 143 people on board.



  • PMTair Flight 241 - On June 25, 2007, an Antonov An-24B carrying 22 people crashed and burst into flames in upside down condition. No one survived the crash. An official investigation were carried out by Cambodian Government and blamed pilot error as the cause of the accident.
  • Vietnam Airlines Flight 815 - On September 3, 1997, a Tupolev Tu-134B-3 operated by Vietnam's flag carrier Vietnam Airlines crashed onto the ground, skidded over a dry rice paddies and exploded, just 800 meters from the runway. Only one survived. The first officer and the flight engineer had warned the captain twice to abort the landing. The captain did not do so. Official investigation blamed pilot error as the cause of the accident.


  • CAAC Flight 3303 - While on approach to Guilin Qifengling Airport, the plane crashed into a mountain in heavy rain near Yangshuo, killing all 112 people on board.
  • China General Aviation Flight 7552 - Shortly after takeoff, Flight 7552 lost control and crashed into a pond nearby, killing a total of 107 people.
  • China Northwest Airlines Flight 2119 - While rolling on the runway for take off, the right-side flap actuator failed, causing the flaps to retract. The crew aborted the take off, and the plane overrun the runway and crashed into a lake, killing 55 people.
  • China Northern Airlines Flight 6901 - While on approach to Ürümqi Diwopu International Airport, the "pull up!" alert went on. Rather than pulling the nose up, the captain asked the first officer the meaning of the word. The plane crashed into terrain, killing 12 people.
  • China Northern Flight 6136 - The flight took off when one of its passengers, Zhen Piling, set fire on board. The fire spread, causing the MD-82 to lose control and crashed into Bohai Bay. All 103 passengers and 9 crew were killed in the incident.
  • China Eastern Flight 5210 - The CRJ-200ER was taking off when suddenly it crashed into a park, killing all 53 people on board and 2 on the ground. The cause of the accident was the same case Air Florida Flight 90, which was ice accumulation on the wing.
  • 1990 Guangzhou Baiyun airport collisions - Xiamen Airlines Flight 8301, using a Boeing 737, was hijacked while attempting to land. It sideswiped a Boeing 707, then the aircraft crashed into a Boeing 757. A total of 128 people were killed in the incident.
  • China Northwest Airlines Flight 2303 - The Tupolev Tu-154 was taking off when the autopilot responsible for the bank and yaw control malfunctioned causing subsequent loss of control. The aircraft overstressed, and the airframe could not handle the pressure. It broke up in mid-air and crashed near Xian. 160 people were killed.
  • China Southern Airlines Flight 3943 The aircraft was descending when the flight crews accidentally caused an engine thrust asymmetry. The plane rolled to the right and lost control, then it crashed into a mountain near Guilin due to pilot error. Everyone on board died.
  • China Southern Airlines Flight 3456 was on approach to Shenzen. After two failed landing attempts, the pilots tried a third attempt. It crashed into terrain and broke up in severe weather conditions. 35 people were killed. Pilot error was the cause of the accident.
  • Henan Airlines Flight 8387 an Embraer E-190 carrying 96 people was approaching Lindu Airport when it crashed into terrain and burst into flames. 44 people were killed, the other 52 survivors were injured. The crew ignored the safety rules while landing in foggy conditions.
  • Wuhan Airlines Flight 343 was a Xian Y-7 carrying 42 people when it was struck by lightning and crashed into a village, killing 49 people including 7 on the ground. Lightning strike was the cause of the accident

Hong Kong SAR


Wreckage of Air India Express Flight 812
  • Air India Express Flight 812, on 22 May 2010, (a Boeing 737-800) flying on the Dubai-Mangalore route overshot the runway 24 on landing at Mangalore International Airport killing 158 passengers on board.[7][8][9][10]
  • Air India Flight 403 crashed on 21 June 1982 at Sahar International Airport in Bombay due to heavy weather. Two crew members and 15 passengers died; 94 survived.
  • Air India Flight 855 crashed off the coast of Bandra, Bombay, (now Mumbai) on 1 January 1978 when the captain became spatially disoriented after the failure of one of the flight instruments in the cockpit. All 213 aboard were killed.
  • Alitalia Flight 771 crashed into a hill northeast of Mumbai while on approach on 7 July 1962. The accident was attributed to navigation error. All 94 aboard were killed.
  • Alliance Air Flight 7412 crashed in a residential estate of Patna on 17 July 2000 after the pilot lost control of the aircraft and stalled. Deaths included 55 people aboard, along with 5 on the ground.
  • 1996 Charkhi Dadri mid-air collision, the Saudi Arabian Airlines Flight 763 collided in mid-air with Kazakhstan Airlines Flight 1907 on 12 November 1996. The cause was determined to be pilot error by the Kazakhstan Airlines pilot. All 349 people on board both flights were killed, making it the deadliest mid-air collision in history.
  • Indian Airlines Flight 113 crashed on its final approach to Ahmedabad airport due to pilot error on 19 October 1988. Deaths were 130.
  • Indian Airlines Flight 171 crashed at Bombay following an in-flight fire caused by an uncontained engine failure on 12 October 1976, killing all 95 on board.
  • Indian Airlines Flight 257 crashed on descent into Imphal due to pilot error on 16 August 1991, killing all 69 occupants.
  • Indian Airlines Flight 427 was hijacked by a single individual on 24 April 1993. The hijacker demanded passage to Afghanistan, but was denied overflight permission by Pakistani authorities and the pilot diverted to Amritsar. The hijacker was killed after security forces stormed the aircraft.
  • Indian Airlines Flight 440 crashed on approach to Palam Airport due to pilot error on 31 May 1973. 48 of 65 on board die.
  • Indian Airlines Flight 491 crashed into a truck at the end of the runway while taking off from Aurangabad, Maharashtra on 26 April 1993. The cause was both pilot error and the failure of the aviation administration to control highway traffic. Deaths were 55.
  • Indian Airlines Flight 605 crashed on its final approach to Bangalore airport on 14 February 1990, killing 92 people. The cause was pilot error.
  • Indian Airlines Flight 814 was hijacked by suspected terrorists on 24 December 1999 while in Indian airspace. The aircraft was flown to Kandahar, Afghanistan. One passenger was killed by the hijackers; the other 192 aboard survived.
  • Japan Airlines Flight 471 crashed near Palam Airport on 14 June 1972, killing 82 of 87 on board and three on the ground; Japan claimed that a false glide path signal caused the crash, while India claimed that the pilot disregarded let-down procedures.
  • Japan Airlines Flight 472 overran the runway after landing at the wrong airport on 24 September 1972; all 122 on board survived.
  • Gujarat Beechcraft incident- A civilian Beechcraft commuter plane was shot down by a Pakistan Air Force fighter on 19 September 1965, killing all eight on board.
  • United Arab Airlines Flight 869 (1963) crashed off Bombay Airport, killing all 63 on board. The cause was probably a loss of control in turbulence and bad weather.
  • 1958 Dan-Air Avro York crash- An Avro York crashed at Gurgaon following an in-flight fire caused by engine failure, killing four of five on board.



  • 6 September 1929 - Imperial Airways de Havilland DH.66 Hercules G-EBMZ stalls when it flares too early while attempting a night landing at Jask Airport in Jask, Persia. It crashes and bursts into flames when its wing fuel tanks rupture and emergency flares in its wingtips ignite the fuel. Both crew members and one of the three passengers die.
  • 4 December 1946 - Aeroflot Lisunov Li-2 crashed at Mashhad, Iran, killing 24.
  • 14 September 1950 - An Iran Air Douglas C-47 Skytrain (registration EP-AAG) crashed on takeoff from Mehrabad Airport, killing all eight on board.
  • 1 December 1950 - An Iran Air C-47A (registration EP-AAJ) struck a mountain near Chamaran en route to Tehran from Tabriz, killing all eight on board.
  • 22 December 1951 - An Egypt Air SNCASE Languedoc circled Tehran twice in a snow storm and crashed 10 km W of Tehran, killing 22 on board.
  • 25 December 1952 - Iran Air Douglas DC-3; Tehran, Iran: 27 fatalities and two survivors.
  • 15 March 1963 - A TMA Cargo Avro York crashed seven miles southeast of Karaj, killing all 4 on board.
  • 15 March 1974 - A Sud Aviation Caravelle of Sterling Airlines damaged beyond repair while taxiing in Mehrabad International Airport, causing 15 casualties.
  • 21 January 1980 - Iran Air Boeing 727-86; near Tehran, Iran. The aircraft hit high ground in a snowstorm during the approach to land. All 8 crew members and 120 passengers were killed.
  • 3 July 1988 - Iran Air Flight 655, an Iranian passenger jet carrying 290 passengers, is shot down over the Persian Gulf by the United States Navy guided missile cruiser USS Vincennes killing all aboard including 66 children.
  • 24 May 1991 - A forced landing near Kermanshah, Iran, due to fuel shortage had to be made after three missed approaches by Soviet Metro Cargo Ilyushin Il-76. 4 on board casualties.
  • 8 February 1993 - A Tupolev Tu-154 was departing on a non-scheduled flight from Mehrabad International Airport, Tehran, to Mashhad International Airport when it became involved in a mid-air collision with an Iranian Air Force Sukhoi Su-24 fighter plane that was on approach to the same airport. All 12 crew members and 119 passengers on board, plus both pilots of the Su-24, were killed for a total of 133 fatalities.
  • 12 October 1994 - Iran Aseman Airlines Flight 746, a Fokker F28 Fellowship (registered EP-PAV) en route from Isfahan to Tehran suffered a sudden loss of power in both engines at 23:05 local time, 35 minutes after take-off from Isfahan International Airport. The aircraft went into an uncontrolled descent and crashed near Natanz, killing all 59 passengers and 7 crew members on board.
  • May 17, 2001 - A Faraz Qeshm Airlines Yakovlev Yak-40 departed from Tehran on a flight to Gorgan Airport carrying 30 people; including the Iranian Transport Minister Rahman Dadman, two deputy ministers and seven more members of parliament. It was forced to divert due to bad weather conditions and was later discovered crashed in the Alborz Mountains, near Sari, Iran. All on board perished.
  • 12 February 2002 - Iran Air Tours Flight 956, a Tupolev Tu-154, crashed into the Sefid Kooh mountains during heavy rain, snow and dense fog while descending for Khorramabad Airport. All twelve crew members and 107 passengers were killed.
  • 20 April 2005 - Saha Airlines Flight 171, a Boeing 707-320C, registration EP-SHE, flying from Kish Island, crashed on landing at Mehrabad Airport, Tehran following an unstabilised approach with a higher than recommended airspeed. Gear and/or a tire failed after touchdown and the flight overran the far end of the runway. Of the 12 crew and 157 passengers, 3 passengers were killed.
  • 1 September 2006 - Iran Air Tours Flight 945, A Tupolev Tu-154 from Bandar Abbas Airport with 11 crew and 137 passengers on board burst into flames upon landing at Mashhad International Airport, Iran killing 28 of those on board.
  • 15 July 2009 - Caspian Airlines Flight 7908, a Tupolev Tu-154M, was traveling from Tehran to Yerevan when one of its engine suffered a catastrophic failure. The engine's explosive disintegration severed the hydraulic lines and the fuel lines. The hot hydraulic fluid contacted oxygen and fuel, resulting in a fire that ultimately caused the aircraft to lose its control. The aircraft crashed, killing all 168 people (156 passengers, 12 crew) on board.
  • 24 January 2010 - Taban Air Flight 6437, a Tupolev Tu-154, crashed whilst making an emergency landing at Mashhad International Airport due to a medical emergency; all 157 and 13 crew survived the accident with 42 receiving minor injuries.
  • 9 January 2011 - Iran Air Flight 277; near Urmia Airport, Iran. The aircraft impacted terrain during go-around due to bad weather. Of 105 aboard, 77 were killed.
  • 10 August 2014 - Sepahan Airlines Flight 5915 an IrAn-140-100 (registration EP-GPA), was taking off when one of its engine malfunctioned. The aircraft lost its altitude, skidded, crashed into a wall and burst into flames. The wreckage then stopped on a highway. 40 people were killed.


Wreckage of Japan Airlines Flight 123, the worst single aircraft crash in history
  • Japan Airlines Flight 123 - Flight 123 was flying over Japan when part of its vertical stabilizer detached, causing some hydraulic loss which led to lose control. Flight crews tried to recover the plane and head back to Tokyo, but it was too late. The Boeing 747 then crashed into Mount Osutaka, Japan. Only 4 people survived. It is the deadliest single-aircraft crash to date and the deadliest in Japan. Investigators concluded that the rear pressure bulkhead damaged by a tailstrike few years earlier, resulting the detachment.
  • China Airlines Flight 140 stalled, impacted the runway, exploded and burst into flames. Only 7 people survived. The first officer accidentally pushed the TO/GA button (Takeoff/Go-around button) which raises the throttle position to the same as take offs and go-arounds. The pilots tried to corrected the situation, but their action causing the autopilot to raise the nose sharply, causing it to stall.
  • Garuda Indonesia Flight 865 was a DC-10 taking off from Fukuoka when one of its engine had a failure. The pilots then rejected take-off but were too late. The plane overshot the runway, skidded and burst into flames. The accident claimed 3 lives.
  • Japan Airlines Flight 907 and Japan Airlines Flight 958 - Nearly collided near Yaizu, Japan.
China Airlines Flight 120 caught fire while taxiing
  • China Airlines Flight 120 - A bolt that had come lose from the slat track managed to puncture the fuel tank, causing a fire after normal landing.


  • Aeroflot Flight 4225 - Shortly after takeoff, the Tupolev Tu-154B-2 encountered a massive blow of wind from above, causing it to stall and lose altitude rapidly. The plane stalled, nose dived, slid and exploded near Alma-Ata. All 166 people were killed in Kazakhstan's deadliest plane crash.
  • Aeroflot Flight 5463 - The aircraft crashed into the western slope of Dolan Mountain while on approach to Almaty. All 90 passengers and crews on board were killed.
  • SCAT Airlines Flight 760 - A Bombardier CRJ200 operated by Kazakh-based SCAT Airlines suddenly nose dived and impacted terrain while on final approach to Almaty International Airport. All 21 people aboard killed. Investigators concluded that an elevator deflection caused the crash. However, they could not determine the cause of the deflection.


  • Avia Traffic Company Flight 768 - The Boeing 737 touched the ground too hard, overrun the runway and slid, detaching the engines and causing some significant damages to the plane. Although the plane suffered great damage, none killed.
  • Iran Aseman Airlines Flight 6895 - The Boeing 737 operated by Itek Air was on final approach to Dushanbe on 24 August 2008 when it crashed into terrain. Only 22 people survived the crash. Investigation by Russian investigators concluded that the pilots maintained the aircraft altitude below the minima, in other words, below the glide - slope.
  • Turkish Airlines Flight 6491 - A Boeing 747-400F crashed into a residential area upon attempting landing in thick fog in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan on 16 January 2017. The 4 crew members and 35 people on the ground were killed.


  • Lao Airlines Flight 301 an ATR 72-600 operated by Lao Airlines was about to land. As they approaches, the plane crashed to the ground, bounced a few times, skidded and plunged into the Mekong River killing all 49 people on board the aircraft. Investigators concluded that the cause of the accident was due to pilot error while approaching.



Memorial of Malaysian Airline System Flight 653 at Tanjung Kupang
  • Malaysian Airline System Flight 653 - The plane was hijacked en route from Penang to Kuala Lumpur. It eventually crashed at Tanjung Kupang, killing all 100 on board.
  • Double Six Crash - a Sabah Air aircraft crashed killing state ministers on board.
  • Malaysian Airline System Flight 684 - The Airbus A300 struck trees, slid, and struck a stream embankment. The aircraft lost its nose and both of its engines. All aboard survived the crash.
  • Japan Airlines Flight 715 - The McDonnell Douglas DC-8 descended below MDA of 750 feet, then at 300 feet it crashed into the side of a hill 4 miles from the airport, near an estate called Ladang Elmina. It broke on impact killing 34 out of 77.
  • Malaysia Airlines Flight 2133 - The Fokker 50 crashed into a shantytown in Tawau, killing 34 people.
  • Royal Brunei Airlines Flight 238 - The Dornier Do 228 crashed into the forest of Lambir Hills National Park near Miri, killing everyone on board.
  • Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 - The Boeing 777-200ER disappeared on 8 March 2014 while flying from Kuala Lumpur International Airport to Beijing Capital International Airport. All 227 passengers and 12 crew on board were presumed dead.


  • On 25 March 1978, a Burma Airways Fokker F-27 Friendship 200 lost height and crashed into a paddy field shortly after take-off from Yangon-Mingaladon Airport, killing all 48 people on board.
  • On Thursday, 24 January 1980, a Burma Airways Fairchild FH-227B struck the roof of a tobacco factory and crashed following an apparent engine failure in mid-air, killing 43 people. One person survived the crash.
  • On 21 June 1987, a Burma Airways Fokker F-27 Friendship 200 crashed into a mountain shortly after take-off from Heho Airport, killing all 45 people on board.
  • On 11 October 1987, a Burma Airways Fokker F-27 Friendship 500 flew into a mountain and exploded, killing all 49 people on board.
  • Myanmar Airways Flight 635 - While on approach to Tachilek Airport, the Fokker F-27 Friendship crashed into a mountain, killing all 36 people on board.
  • Air Bagan ATR 72 overran runway and crashes at Putao Airport in 2008. Two injured during the crash.
  • Air Bagan Flight 11 - The Fokker 100 crashed into a paddy field and burst into flames after the pilots thought the road was the runway. 2 people were killed including one on the ground.
  • On 7 June 2017, a Myanmar Air Force Shaanxi Y-8F-200 stalled and crashed off the coast of Dawei after ice accumulated on its wings, killing all 122 people on board.


A memorial park in Kakani for the victims of Thai Airways International Flight 311
Wreckage of Nepal Airlines Flight 183
Wreckage of Nepal Airlines Flight 555


  • PIA Flight 631 - The aircraft, a Fokker F027 Friendship, struck a hill near Maidan, Pakistan. All 26 people on board perished in the crash.
  • Pakistan International Airlines Flight 404 - A Fokker F27 Friendship operated by Pakistan national airline Pakistan International Airlines went missing while en route to Islamabad. Same as the fate of MH370, the plane, until today, was never found.
  • Pan Am Flight 73 - Hijacked in Karachi, Pakistan.
  • PIA Flight 688 - An engine failure occurred in-flight. However, the pilots apparently lost their spatial awareness. The pilots became confused, and the aircraft then crashed in an inverted attitude. All aboard were killed
  • AirBlue Flight 202 - an Airbus A321 was on final approach to Islamabad's Benazir Bhutto International Airport when it crashed into Margalla Hills, killing all 152 people on board in Pakistan's deadliest plane crash. The Captain forgot to pull the heading indicator button, causing the plane to fly straight into the hill. The first officer aware of this, but failed to inform the captain.
  • Bhoja Air Flight 213 - a Boeing 737 was carrying 127 people when a microburst occurred. The plane lost altitude rapidly. Later on it encountered a second microbust, in which both pilots failed to response appropriately. The plane crashed into the ground and exploded into pieces, killing all on board.
  • Pakistan International Airlines Flight 661 - on 7 December 2016, flight PK 661 crashed in Havelian en route to Islamabad from Chitral killing 47 total, including famous Pakistani former singer and converted preacher of Islam Junaid Jamshed and his family members along with two sky marshals, five crew members and the Deputy Commissioner of District of Chitral.


  • Philippine Airlines Flight 158 - the BAC One-Eleven crashed into hills while on approach to Manila International Airport. A total of 45 people were killed.
  • Philippine Airlines Flight 215 - Flight 215 was en route to Manila when terrorist detonated a bomb that had been placed in the plane's lavatory. The plane tore apart, exploding into pieces, killing all 36 people on board.
  • Philippine Airlines Flight 206 - A Hawker Siddeley HS 748 impacted mountain while on bad weather, killing all 50 people on board.
  • Philippine Airlines Flight 443 - The Short 360-300 crashed into Mount Gurain, killing all 15 people on board.
  • Cebu Pacific Flight 387 - Crashed on the slopes of Mount Sumagaya. All 104 people on board perished.
  • Philippine Airlines Flight 137 - Flight 137 was landing at Bacolod City Domestic Airport when it overran the runway and plowed into houses, killing 3 people on the ground.
  • Asian Spirit Flight 100 - the Let L-410 Turbolet crashed into mountain while carrying 17 people. Due to the massive impact force, the aircraft was pulverized. None on board made it out alive.
  • Air Philippines Flight 541 - Flight 541 was due to land to Francisco Bangoy International Airport in Davao City when it suddenly crashed into a coconut plantation 500 feet above mean sea level. All 131 occupants on board the aircraft were killed in the worst air crash in Philippines history.
  • Philippine Airlines Flight 812 - Flight 812 was hijacked while on cruising altitude. Later, the hijacker wanted to escape by jumping from the plane with parachute. Before he was about to jump, he panicked and clung to the rear door, and a flight attendant pushed him out of the plane.
  • Laoag International Airlines Flight 585 - The aircraft, a Fokker F-27 Friendship, was taking off from Manila when one of its engines suddenly fail. The pilots then decided to ditch the plane in Manila Bay but failed. The plane broke up and 19 people drowned. The cause was due to pilot error.
  • Philippine Airlines Flight 475 was a scheduled passenger flight from Manila's Ninoy Aquino International Airport to Butuan Bancasi Airport which overran the runway at Butuan Airport. Everyone survived with 19 people injured.


Saudi Arabia

  • PIA Flight 740 - Shortly after taking off from Jeddah International Airport, the Boeing 707-340C suffered an in-flight fire. The fire spread into the cabin, causing mass panic among the passengers. The plane then crashed, killing all 156 people on board.
  • Middle East Airlines Flight 438 - Disintegrated in flight from an explosive detonation.
  • Iraqi Airways Flight 163 - Hijacked on the way from Baghdad to Amman, a hand grenade exploded in the cabin. The crews initiated an emergency descent, later on another grenade went off in the cockpit, causing it to crash, killing 63 people.
  • Saudia Flight 163 - Just after taking off from Riyadh, the cargo hold of the flight caught fire. The pilots however successfully land the plane. Shockingly, instead of conducting an evacuation immediately, the pilots tried to taxi the aircraft. The plane then stopped with no further contact. After hours of silence from the plane, rescuers opened the plane's door and found everyone on board had been killed due to smoke inhalation.
  • Nigeria Airways Flight 2120 (Jeddah, 1991) - The plane was carrying hajj pilgrimage when one of its tires caught fire just after takeoff. The pilots tried to make it back to Jeddah, but the fire intensified and made its way to the cabin area causing passengers to panic. The flames engulfed the plane while it was still in mid-air and crashed, killing everyone on board.


South Korea

  • Asiana Airlines Flight 733 was on approach to Mokpo Airport in VOR when suddenly it hit a ridge, killing 68 people on board. Pilot error was blamed for the accident, as the pilots started descent while passing over the mountain peak.
  • Air China Flight 129 was on approach to Gimhae International Airport, lining up, but then crashed into a mountain nearby killing 129 people on board out of 166 people. The pilot was not aware of their proximity to the ground due to bad weather condition until it was too late to recover.
  • Korean Air Lines Flight 015 was on approach to Gimpo International Airport when the pilots reported some problem with the controls. It hit an embankment slope, slid down and caught fire, killing 15 people.

Sri Lanka

  • Air Lanka Flight 512, the Lockheed L-1011-100 TriStar 100 was taxiing for take-off to Malé when a time bomb exploded and ripped the cabin, split it into two. 21 people were killed. The bomb was intended to explode in mid-flight, but a delay actually saved the aircraft from total destruction that might have killed all 148 people on board.
  • Icelandic Airlines Flight 001, a Douglas DC-8 on a charter flight, crashed into a coconut plantation while on approach to Katunayake, Sri Lanka for a refueling stop. 78 survived, but 184 were killed.
  • Martinair Flight 138 was a McDonnell Douglas DC-8 operating on behalf of Indonesia's flag carrier Garuda Indonesia carrying hajj pilgrimage to Mecca in which on 4 December 1974, the plane flew into a mountain, killing all 191 people on board. To date, it remains as the deadliest air disaster in Sri Lanka aviation history.



Part of the wreckage of China Airlines Flight 676
Flag at half mast at Presidential Building Tower in Taiwan for the presumed deaths of passengers of TransAsia Airways Flight 235
  • TransAsia Airways Flight 235 was flying over Taipei when one of its engine failed. The ATR 72 then rolled sharply to the left, clipped a taxi and Huandong Viaduct. It impacted Keelung River in an upside down condition. 43 people out of 58 people were killed. Investigation still ongoing. Moments the plane crashed was captured by motorist and CCTV.



  • Bangkok Airways Flight 266 - 4 August 2009 - The ATR 72 Overran the runway on landing and crashed into a disused control tower at Koh Samui Airport. The pilot of the plane was the only person killed in the incident.
  • EgyptAir Flight 864 - 25 December 1976 - Flight 864 was on final approach to Bangkok's Don Mueang International Airport when it rolled and crashed into an industrial complex in Bangkok, killing all 52 people on board. 19 people on the ground were also killed. The investigators concluded that the cause was pilot error.
  • Lauda Air Flight 004 - 26 May 1991 - Flight 004 was flying over Phu Toei National Park when it suddenly broke up in mid-flight, aircraft wreckage littered the area and strewn into the jungle near Suphan Buri and Ban Nong Rong, killing everyone on board in Thailand's worst aviation disaster. The cause of the breakup was because of an uncommanded thrust reverser on engine no. 1 causing the Boeing 767-3Z9ER lose control and broke up. Flight 004 was famously known due to Niki Lauda's own contribution to the investigation of the crash.
  • One-Two-GO Airlines Flight 269 - 16 September 2007 - A McDonnell Douglas MD-82 attempted to land in wind shear and strong winds at Phuket International Airport. The plane failed to land, rise sharply over the runway, stalled, crashed and burst into flames in the side of the runway. Pilot error was blamed for the accident that killed 90 people.
  • Thai Airways Flight 231 - 27 April 1980 - Flight 231 was on approach to Bangkok when it entered a thunderstorm. A downdraft struck the plane, causing it to stall. It then dived and crashed into the ground, killing 44 people out of 53 people on board.
  • Thai Airways Flight 365 - 31 August 1987 - crashed off Ko Phuket due to pilot error, killing all 83 on board.
  • Thai Airways International Flight 114 - 3 March 2001 - exploded while parked at Don Mueang Airport, killing one (a flight attendant) of eight on board; an assassination attempt was also theorized as traces of explosives were found in the wreckage.
  • Thai Airways International Flight 261 - 11 December 1998 - Flight crews made a third attempt to land the plane after second failed attempt when the plane stalled with a high angle of attack and crashed into a paddy field on approach to Surat Thani Airport amid heavy rains and poor visibility. 101 people were killed while 45 other survived.
  • Vietnam Airlines Flight 831 - 9 September 1988 - crashed into a rice field near Semafahkarm Village, Tambon Khu Khot. 76 people were killed.

United Arab Emirates

Debris left of Kish Air Flight 7170
  • Gulf Air Flight 771 - Bombed, then crashed into a desert in the United Arab Emirates.
  • Kish Air Flight 7170 - The aircraft was due to land from Kish Island in Iran to Sharjah Airport when it spiraled and crashed, killing 43 people on board. The pilot accidentally selected the propellers into reverse thrust in mid-air causing it to spiraling down out of control.
  • Sterling Airways Flight 296 - A Sud Aviation Caravelle operated by Sterling Airways carrying 112 people crashed into a mountain ridge near Kalba, killing all of them. Investigators concluded that outdated flight plan and/or due to misreading weather radar was the cause of the crash.
  • Tajikistan Airlines Flight 3183 the Tupolev Tu-154 was carrying 86 people. The Tupolev Tu-154 crashed, disintegrated into desert, leaving the flight navigator the only survivor in the third deadliest plane crash in United Arab Emirates.
  • Emirates Flight 521 - Boeing 777-31H - Reg A6-EMW - Flight from Thiruvananthapuram, South India, crash landed during a routine approach to runway 12L at Dubai International Airport on the 3rd August 2016 at around 08:37z. Accident currently under investigation, but an incident during final / go around, caused the plane to crash land onto 12L, skid the length of the runway, and finally came to rest pointing WSW between runway entry points Mike-13 and Mike-13A, close to the end of RWY 12L / THR 30R. The plane suffered a fire which led to an explosion of the right wing, which caused irreparable damage to the hull. All passengers and crew were evacuated, but one fire fighter was killed during the incident.


  • Aeroflot Flight 7425 - While cruising at an altitude of 38,100 ft, the Tupolev Tu-154 entered a flat spin. The crews were not able to recover it and the plane crashed near Uchuduk. All 200 people on board the aircraft perished in the deadliest plane crash in Uzbekistan as well as the deadliest plane crash involving a Tupolev Tu-154.
  • Aeroflot Flight 505 - Shortly after take-off from Tashkent, the Yakovlev Yak-40 banked sharply to the right and crashed, killing all 9 people on board. The plane encountered a wake vortex formed by an Ilyushin Il-76 that had taken off minutes before Flight 505.
  • Uzbekistan Airways Flight 1154 - During a foggy night at Tashkent International Airport, the Yakovlev Yak-40 overran the runway, clipped a ground structure and somersaulted. The aircraft then exploded and burst into flames, killing everyone aboard.



  • EgyptAir Flight 763 - On 19 March 1972, while approaching Aden International Airport, the aircraft smashed into the Shamsans Mountain, killing all 30 people on board.

South China Sea

  • Qantas Flight 30 - 25 July 2008, Mid-air decompression after departure from Hong Kong, landed safely in Manila; no injuries.

Various countries

Central America and the Caribbean


  • 1952 Bermuda air crash - On 6 December 1952, a Cubana de Aviación Douglas DC-4 stalled and impacted tail first with the sea. A total of 37 people were killed. 4 people survived the fall.


  • Cubana de Aviación Flight 455 - On October 6, 1976, eleven minutes after takeoff, two bombs exploded and ripped the DC-8 to pieces. The aircraft pieces fell to the water, all 73 people on board were killed. Cuba blamed The U.S and CIA for the bombing.

Costa Rica


  • Aeroflot Flight 331 - On 27 May 1977, an Aeroflot Ilyushin Il-62 was on approach to José Martí International Airport when it clipped power lines and crashed into the ground, only 2 people survived. Pilot error was blamed for the crash.
  • Cubana de Aviación Flight 9646 - On 3 September 1989, a Cubana de Aviación Ilyushin Il-62M crashed shortly after takeoff from José Martí International Airport in bad weather. The aircraft crashed into a residential area. 126 people on board and 45 people on the ground, were killed.
  • Aero Caribbean Flight 883 - On 4 November 2010, an ATR-72 operated by Cuba national airlines Cubana stalled and crashed in the Cuban provinces of Sancti Spiritus. All 68 people on board were killed. Until now, the investigation, is still open.
  • Cubana de Aviación Flight 972 - On 18 May 2018, a Boeing 737-201 Advanced was carrying 113 passengers and crews. While taking off from Havana's José Martí International Airport, the plane suddenly banked to the left, stalled, and nose dived. It then crashed onto a railway and exploded, killing 110 people. 2 survivors later succumbed to their injuries.

Dominican Republic

A memorial for the victims of Birgenair Flight 301
  • Birgenair Flight 301 was en route to Frankfurt, Germany via Gander, Canada and Berlin, Germany. The pitot tube was blocked by a nest, causing a faulty reading on the airspeed. Pilot error caused the plane to stall and crash into the sea. Everyone on board were killed.




Wreckage of Tan-Sahsa Flight 414



  • Alas Chiricanas Flight 901 - In-flight explosion caused by a bomb.
  • Copa Airlines Flight 201 - On the night of 6 June 1992, while travelling above the Darién Gap, the Boeing 737 rolled to the right, turned over and suddenly disintegrate in mid air. It then exploded and crashed into the dense Panamanian forest, killing all 47 people on board.

Puerto Rico



  • British Eagle International Airlines Flight 802 crashed into the Glungezer mountain near Innsbruck on 29 February 1964, killing all 83 people on board.
  • Hapag-Lloyd Flight 3378 crash-landed 650 m short of the runway in Vienna on 12 July 2000 due to fuel exhaustion 22 km out, arising from erroneous fuel management combined with failure to divert. There were no serious injuries.


  • Aeroflot Flight 8641, the Yakovlev Yak-42 suffered a jackscrew failure, causing the aircraft to lost control, disintegrate in mid-air, and crashed near Mozyr, Belarus. All 132 people on board were killed.
  • Aeroflot Flight 7841 - On 1 February 1985, shortly after taking off, Flight 7481 suffered a double engine failure due to ice ingestion. To maintain speed, the captain descended onto a forest. The plane clipped some trees, crashed and burned all the way down, killing 58 people.


  • An Imperial Airways Argosy crashed on 28 March 1933 near Diksmuide following an onboard fire suspected to be the first case of aerial sabotage. All 12 passengers and 3 crew were killed.
  • Sabena OO-AUB crashed on 16 November 1937 while attempting to land in bad weather near Ostend. All 11 aboard were killed.
  • Sabena Flight 548 crashed due to mechanical failure while attempting to land in Brussels on 15 February 1961. All 72 passengers and crew were killed, along with a single ground casualty.



  • British Airways Flight 476 collided with Inex-Adria Aviopromet Flight 550 in mid-air near Zagreb, killing all 176 people on board both aircraft and another on the ground.
  • Aviogenex Flight 130, as the aircraft was approaching Rijeka Airport, The aircraft then entered into a gradually steeping angle of descent. Due to an optical illusion the crew thought they were closer to the runway and at a greater altitude than the actual one. The plane then crashed and turned over. The ensuing fire kills 78 people on board.


Czech Republic

A memorial plaque for the 75 people that perished in Inex-Adria Aviopromet Flight 450
  • Aeroflot Flight 141 (1973) the Tupolev Tu-154 impacted ground and burst into flames while on approach to Prague Ruzyn? Airport. 66 people were burned to death.
A memorial was dedicated to the victims of JAT Flight 367



  • Aero Flight 311 - Shortly after takeoff, the plane turned sharply to the left. Pilots decided to fix the situation by applying full throttle. The plane went into a spin and crashed into the woods, killing all 25 people on board.
  • Aero Flight 217 - The plane had lined up perfectly with the runway. While preparing to land, it hit the ground, landing upside down and caught fire, killing 22 people.


A memorial at Düsseldorf Airport to the victims of Germanwings Flight 9525


A newsreel footage of the Munich Air Disaster
  • ?SA Flight 511 was cruising above Germany when it disintegrated into pieces. The plane's wreckage fell from the sky and struck the ground below, killing all 52 people on board.
  • Paninternational Flight 112, due to mistakes of ground crews, the aircraft suffered a dual engine failure. The aircraft then attempted an emergency landing on Bundesautobahn 7, but then collided with a bridge and burst into flames, killing 22 people on board.
  • 1972 Königs Wusterhausen air disaster occurred when an Interflug's Ilyushin Il-62 suffered an in-flight fire. The pilots then made its way back to Berlin. The pilots then tried to see the airport. When the pilot had the airport already in sight and was just a few kilometers south of it, the tail section broke off. The plane entered an uncontrollable descent. The front part of the plane detached, and the plane disintegrated gradually in the sky while its airframe engulfed in flames. Later crashed into a forest, killing all on board in Germany's worst plane crash.
  • Aeroflot Flight 892 was on approach to Schonefeld Airport. Due to a language misunderstanding, the Tu-134A landed on a closed runway. It took off again, but then stalled and burst into flames. Only 10 people survived.
  • Interflug Flight 1107 was on approach to Leipzig/Halle Airport when it struck a radio mast and crashed, killing 27 people.
  • British European Flight 609, crashed in Munich, West Germany (Munich air disaster).
  • Überlingen mid-air collision occurred when a Tupolev Tu-154 carrying 60 people, 45 of whom were children, collided with a DHL Boeing 757 over the city of Überlingen on 1 July 2002. All 71 people on board both aircraft killed.
  • Nürnberger Flugdienst Flight 108 struck by lightning and lost control. The aircraft crashed and exploded, killing everyone on board.
  • Lufthansa Flight 005 stalled and crashed during a go-around, killing all 46 people on board, including seven Italian team swimmers of the Olympic team.
  • 1934 Swissair Tuttlingen accident, the wing of Curtiss AT-32C Condor II separated from the airplane while in adverse weather condition. All 12 people on board were killed.



  • Olympic Airways Flight 954 (December 8, 1969) - A Douglas DC-6 (SX-DAE) crashed during its approach to Athens Hellenicon Airport from Chania on Paneio mountain near Keratea amidst bad weather killing 90 passengers and crew. This was the worst aircraft accident in Greece until 2005.[16]
  • TWA Flight 841 (September 8, 1974) - A Boeing 707-331B (N8734) crushed in Ionian sea 30 minutes after its departure from Athens. An explosive device in the luggage area destroyed flight controls and resulted in 88 fatalities.[16]
  • Swissair Flight 316 (October 8, 1979) - A Douglas DC-8 (HB-IDE) landed near the middle of runway 15L of Athens Hellenicon Airport at more than 270 km/h overrun the runway and stopped on a public road outside the airport area. Its left wing was severed from the fuselage and in the resulting fire 14 out of 154 passengers died.[16]
  • TWA Flight 840 - Bombed on the way to Athens, Greece, sucking out 4 on board - the plane landed safely.
  • Olympic Aviation Flight 545 (August 3, 1989) - A Shorts 330-200 (SX-BGE) crashed on Kerkis mountain coming from Thessaloniki towards airport Pythagoras in Samos. All 31 passengers and crew of 3 died.[16]
  • Malév Flight 262 - On the first attempt of the landing, the aircraft performed a belly landing and skidded with the runway, causing a significant damage. The aircraft initiated a go-around and landed safely.
  • Helios Airways Flight 522 ("Ghost Plane Incident")-- The Cypriot Boeing 737 was on its way to Athens when the crews reported air conditioner problem, which was actually a pressure problem. The plane increase the altitude, lowering the pressure and decreasing the oxygen level. All of the passengers and crews but one suffered hypoxia. The plane was flying without any communication to the tower. It then ran out of fuel and crashed near Grammatiko. All 121 people on board were killed.



  • 1919 Verona Caproni Ca.48 crash - Caproni Ca.48 crashed at Verona, Italy (2 August 1919), killing all on board (14, 15, or 17 people).
  • BOAC Flight 781 - On 10 January 1954, British Overseas Airways Corporation Flight 781, a de Havilland DH.106 Comet 1, suffered an explosive decompression at altitude and crashed near Elba into the Mediterranean Sea, killing all 35 on board.
  • South African Airways Flight 201 - On 8 April 1954, a de Havilland Comet 1, en route to Cairo, Egypt, suffered an explosive decompression at altitude and crashed south of Naples killing all 21 aboard.
  • Sabena Flight 503 - The Douglas DC-6 crashed into Monte Terminillo near Rieti while flying in heavy snow and rain condition. All aboard were killed in the accident.
  • British European Airways Flight 142 - The Vickers Viscount 701 collided with an Italian Air Force North American F-86E Sabre over Anzio. The passenger plane disintegrated, killing all 31 people on board. The person on the F-86 Sabre survived.
  • Alitalia Flight 4128 - The DC-9 was approaching Palermo Airport when the aircraft crashed into the sea and sank, killing 108 people on board. The crew deliberately made a premature descent as they thought that they were nearer to the airport than they were.
  • Itavia Flight 870 - Crashed into the Tyrrhenian Sea near Ustica island en route to Palermo. The cause of the crash remains unclear; the most likely hypotheses are a bomb on board or an accidental shootdown by an anti-aircraft missile.
  • Aero Trasporti Italiani Flight 460 - The ATR-42 rolled to the right and left for several times and then dived into a mountain, eventually crashed, killing all 37 people on board.
  • Uganda Airlines Flight 775 - Clipped some trees, crashed and burst onto flames while on approach to Roma-Fiumicino Airport on 17 October 1988.
The wreckage of Banat Air Flight 166, which crashed due to icing
  • Banat Air Flight 166 - An Antonov An-24 was taking off from Verona while carrying 49 passengers and crews on board. Due to ice accumulation on its wing, the aircraft lost its altitude and crashed, killing all aboard.
  • Scandinavian Airlines Flight 686 - On 8 October 2001, in Milan, a Scandinavian Airlines McDonnell Douglas MD-87 was taking off from Milan when a small business jet suddenly entered the runway. The MD-87 crashed into the jet and started to skid. It then swayed for several times, went out of control and crashed into the airport's hangar, killing all aboard. (Linate Airport disaster).


  • Si Fly Flight 3275 - On 12 November 1999, Si Fly Flight 3275, a UN-chartered ATR 42 crashed into the mountaintop in Slakovce, Mitrovica, Kosovo.



  • Avioimpex Flight 110 - Flight 110 flew into a snowstorm and turned into a mountain. The Yakovlev Yak-42 impacted terrain and exploded, killing everyone on board.
  • Palair Macedonian Airlines Flight 301 - Shortly after takeoff, the aircraft shook violently. It banked to the right and to the left and crashed, killing 83 people. An ice accumulation had occurred in flight.


  • 1956 Scottish Airlines Malta air disaster - On 18 February 1956, a Scottish Airlines Avro York was taking off from RAF Luqa when the boost enrichment capsule in the carburetor of number one engine failed and the engine caught fire. The aircraft stalled and crashed, killing all 50 people aboard.
  • EgyptAir Flight 648 - On 23 November 1985, Flight 648 was hijacked by terrorist organization Abu Nidal. A standoff occurred in Malta Luqa Airport until 24 November 1985. A failed raid later occurred in the standoff, resulting in multiple casualties.
  • Afriqiyah Airways Flight 209 - On December 23, 2016, a Airbus A320 was hijacked to Malta. No fatalities


  • JAT Airways Flight 769, the Sud Aviation SE-210 Caravelle 6-N crashed into terrain while on final approach to Podgorica. A suspected radar malfunction, accompanied by ATC error, were blamed for the accident


  • KLM CityHopper Flight 431 The Fokker F-28-4000 entered a tornado, and, due to the massive pressure drop inside the tornado, the aircraft began to shake violently. The starboard wing of the plane detached from the plane. The plane spun and crashed, killing all on board.
  • KLM Cityhopper Flight 433 The pilots mistakenly believed that the engine 2 of the plane was suffering a low oil pressure due to a faulty warning light. They shut down the no 2 engine and flew back to Amsterdam Schipol Airport. While on final approach, the captain decided to go around and gave a full throttle, only in one engine. The other remained at idle. It then stalled and crashed, killing 3 out of 21.
Turkish Airlines Flight 1951



The Ilyushin Il-62 involved in the crash of LOT Flight 5055.
  • 1951 LOT Li-2 Tuszyn air disaster the Lisunov Li-2 suffered an engine failure in mid air. The pilots lose control of the plane, hit a power line, crashed and burst into flames in Tuszyn. All 18 people aboard were killed.
  • 1962 LOT Vickers Viscount Warsaw crash, the plane was returning from Brussels, had a mid-way landing in Berlin from where it took off at 5:55 pm. While on approach on runway 33 in Warsaw at 7:30 pm the crew received landing clearance. 46 seconds later the plane crashed and burned 1335 meters from the threshold. All 33 people on board perished.
Wreckage of the 1962 LOT Vickers Viscount crash
Lufthansa Flight 2904


Martinair Flight 495


  • TAROM Flight 371 - Crashed near Balote?ti (on 31 March 1995) due to auto-throttle failure followed by the incapacitation of the captain, all 60 on board died.
  • TAROM Flight 3107 - Veered off runway in Otopeni (on 30 December 2007) after hitting a maintenance vehicle during takeoff run due to poor weather conditions.


  • Austrian Airlines Flight 901 smashed to the ground near Trukovo short of the runway on 26 September 1960, killing 31 people.
  • In 1971 January 22 Surgut Aeroflot Antonov An-12 crash, an Aeroflot Antonov An-12 crashed into the ground short of the runway of Surgut International Airport. All 14 on board were perished. Icing was blamed for the crash.
  • In 1971 January 31 Surgut Aeroflot Antonov An-12 crash, an Aeroslot Antonov An-12 carrying 1 passengers and 6 crew members crashed short of the runway of Surgut International Airport. All 7 people aboard were perished. Icing was blamed for the crash.
  • Aeroflot Flight 217 crashed outside of Moscow on 13 October 1972 killing all 174 aboard, cause not known.
  • Korean Air Lines Flight 902 was shot down by Soviet Union Air Defence after the flight violating the Soviet Union airspace. It then crashed and skidded along the frozen Korpiyarvi lake, killing 2 passengers out of 109 passengers and crews on board.
  • Aeroflot Flight 1080, the flight was taking off from Yekaterinburg when all three engines of the Yakovlev Yak-40 suddenly malfunctioned. While the crew were attempting to turn the aircraft back to the airport, the aircraft crashed into terrain, killing all 38 people on board. Investigators blamed the crew, the ATC worker, the overloaded state of the aircraft and the weather condition for the crash.
  • Aeroflot Flight 3932, the pilots were preoccupied by spatial disorientation as the main artificial horizon and the compass system gave the wrong indication due to electrical failure. The Tupolev Tu-104 then crashed approximately five miles from Koltsovo Airport. All 108 people on board were killed.
  • Aeroflot Flight 964, the pilots were preoccupied by spatial disorientation as the main artificial horizon and the compass system gave the wrong indication due to electrical failure. The Tupolev Tu-104 spun and crashed into a field 16 km north-west of Domodedovo Airport. All 122 people on board were killed.
  • Aeroflot Flight 2003, shortly after takeoff, the Tupolev Tu-124V dived and crashed into a house, killing a total of 62 people.
  • 1976 Anapa mid-air collision, an Aeroflot Antonov An-24 carrying 52 people collided in mid-air over Anapa, Krasnodar Krai with an Aeroflot Yakovlev Yak-40, which was carrying 18 people. The impact severed the tail on both planes. Both planes then broke up in mid air and crashed into the Black Sea, killing 80 people.
  • Aeroflot Flight 1691, the Tupolev Tu-104B was taking off when one of its fire alarm suddenly sounded. It was a false alarm. The crews did not know that it was a false alarm and attempted to return to the airport, but failed. It crashed and flipped over, killing 58 people.
  • 1981 Aeroflot Tu-104A crash, the Tu-104A was taking off from Pushkin Airport on 7 February 1981 when the cargo hold suddenly shifted. The plane banked to the right and crashed in upside down condition, killing all 51 people on board. An uneven distribution of the passengers in their seats were also found and concluded as one of its primary factors of the cause of the accident.
  • Aeroflot Flight 498, the Ilyushin Il-14 crashed into mountainous terrain near Ust-Barguzin on 14 June 1981, killing 48 people in the worst accident involving an Ilyushin Il-14.
  • Aeroflot Flight 811, the Antonov An-24RV was taking off from Komsomolsk-on-Amur Airport on 24 August 1981 when a Tupolev Tu-16K collided with the aircraft. All but one on board were killed. The survivor, Larisa Savitskaya, was conscious during the fall and glided with the 4?3 m aircraft fragment she was in. She fell into a soft, swampy glade.
  • Aeroflot Flight 3603, the Tu-154B-2 was on approach to Norilsk Airport on 16 November 1981 when it descended below the glide slope aggravated with an excessive vertical speed. It then crashed ahead of the runway, killing 99 people.
  • Aeroflot Flight 411, crashed on takeoff from Sheremetyevo Airport on 6 July 1982.
  • Aeroflot Flight 593, crashed into a hillside in Siberia on 23 March 1994.
  • Aeroflot Flight 601, the Antonov An-24RV banked left excessively and crashed while on approach Leshukonskoye Airport on 24 December 1983, killing 44 people.
  • Aeroflot Flight 2808, a Tupolev Tu-134, crashed short of the runway en route to Ivanovo airport, killing all 84 people on board.
  • Aeroflot Flight 3352 crashed into maintenance vehicles upon landing at Omsk Airport, killing 174 on the aircraft and four more in the vehicles (11 October 1984).
  • Aeroflot Flight 3519, the Tupolev Tu-154B-2's engine no 3 caught fire on December 23, 1984. The crews attempted an emergency landing in Krasnoyarsk, banked to the right and crashed with only one survivor.
  • Baikal Airlines Flight 130, crashed near the town of Mamony, Irkutsk after an apparent engine fire on 3 January 1994.
  • a Cheremshanka Airlines flight, crashes near Vanavara after running out of fuel in bad weather, killing 28 passengers and crew on September 26, 1994.
  • Siberia Airlines Flight 1047 and Volga-AviaExpress Flight 1303 exploded in the sky after suicide bombers detonated their bombs in mid-air, killing a total of 90 people.
  • Regional Airlines Flight 9288, an Antonov An-24RV crashed 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) from the runway while on approach to Varandey Airport in Nenetskiy Avtonomnyy Okrug on 16 March 2005, killing 28 of the 52 people aboard.
  • S7 Airlines Flight 778 failed to brake on landing at Irkutsk and hit a concrete wall on 9 July 2006, the plane exploded on impact, burst into flames and leaving its tail as the only part that left intact, 125 people were killed.
  • UTAir Flight 471 The Tupolev Tu-134 suffered a catastrophic structural failure after a hard landing in Samara. The aircraft broke apart and flipped over, killing 6 people. (27 March 2007)
  • Aeroflot Flight 821 crashed on approach to Perm Airport en route from Moscow (on 14 September 2008). All 88 people on board were killed.
A memorial for the plane crash that killed President Lech Kaczy?ski
  • 2010 Polish Air Force Tu-154 crash, a Tupolev Tu-154 was trying to land in Smolensk Airport when the left wing hit a tree, and the aircraft inverted to the left, crashed and skidded in upside down condition in Smolensk, killing President of Poland Lech Kaczy?ski and all people aboard.
  • Katekavia Flight 9357, on the night of 3 August 2010, the Antonov An-24 veered to the right from its landing course, crossed a river, impacted trees, crashed and burst into flames, killing 12 people. Russian investigators concluded that pilot error was the cause of the accident.
Burnt wreckage of Kolavia Flight 348
  • Kolavia Flight 348, While taxiing for take-off from Surgut, the Tupolev Tu-154B-2 caught fire. Evacuation was immediately ordered by the captain. 43 people were injured, and 3 people were killed.
Tail of RusAir Flight 9605
  • RusAir Flight 9605, on 20 June 2011, the Tupolev Tu-134A-3 was on approach to Petrozavodsk when it went upside down and crashed into houses, killing 47 people including FIFA football referee Vladimir Pettay. Pilot error was the cause of the accident.
  • Angara Airlines Flight 9007, on 11 July 2011, the Antonov An-24 en route from Surgut to Tomsk suffered an engine fire, forcing the pilots to ditch into the Ob River. Seven of the 37 people on board were killed. The aircraft was written off.
A memorial in Prague for the victims of Lokomotiv Yaroslavl air disaster
  • Yak-Service Flight 9633, a Yakovlev Yak-42, was carrying a Russian professional ice hockey team when it failed its takeoff, hit a mast and crashed into the Volga River riverbank. Everyone except one were killed in the crash. Initially, one of the hockey team members, Alexander Galimov, survived the crash. He later died on September 12.
  • UTAir Flight 120 on 2 April 2012, the ATR 72 suffered an atmospheric icing and stalled. The plane impacted terrain and burst into flames, leaving with only 10 survivors.
  • Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky Air Flight 251 crashed while attempting to land at Palana Airport in Russia after descended below minima on approach, killing 10 people. Pilot error was the cause of the accident.
  • Red Wings Airlines Flight 9268 failed to stop after landing at Vnukovo Airport and left the runway at high-speed, the aircraft hit the runway and broke up on impact killing five of the eight on board. Dashcam video shown the moment the aircraft hit and debris littered the runway.
  • Tatarstan Airlines Flight 363 the Boeing 737 suddenly nose dived and hit the tarmac at nearly the speed of sound during a failed approach to Kazan Airport on 17 November 2013, upon impact the plane was pulverized and exploded to pieces. All 50 people were killed. The accident was caught on CCTV.
In this picture, the wreckage of Flydubai Flight 981, was totally pulverized in the impact




A plaque for 154 victims of Spanair Flight 5022
  • Aviaco Flight 118, a Sud Aviation SE 210 Caravelle carrying 85 people crashed into a village near Montrove killing everyone on board. A male also died on the ground.
  • Spantax Flight 995 a DC-10-30CF was destroyed by fire after an aborted takeoff at Málaga, 13 September 1982.
  • Avianca Flight 011, registered HK-2910, a Boeing 747 flew too low and slammed onto terrain. It then bounced back and hit the terrain again before crashing in an inverted position, bursting into flames.
  • Madrid runway disaster, an Iberia Boeing 727-256 Adv.collided with an Aviaco McDonnell Douglas DC-9-32 at Madrid-Barajas Airport on 7 December 1983. A total of 93 people were killed, including Mexican actress Fanny Cano and South African pianist Marc Raubenheimer.
  • Iberia Airlines Flight 610, a Boeing 727-256 operated by Spain's national airline Iberia crashed into a television antenna, causing the wing to separate from the plane. It then banked heavily and crashed on the top of Mount Oiz in Biscay, near Bilbao on 19 February 1985. All 148 people on board were killed. The subsequent Investigation concluded that pilot error was the cause of the crash.
  • PauknAir Flight 4101, as the pilots could not see anything, they were not aware that Flight 4101 flew too low. It hit the ground killing all 38 people on board.
  • Britannia Airways Flight 226A, crashed on landing at Girona-Costa Brava Airport, 14 September 1999.
  • Spanair Flight 5022, Stalled, veered off the runway and crashed into a pond at Madrid Barajas International Airport, 20 August 2008, the crash killed 154 passengers and crew, leaving only 18 survivors. The investigation revealed that the pilots didn't set the flaps/slats before takeoff.
  • Dan-Air Flight 1903, the de Havilland DH 106 Comet series 4 was approaching Barcelona Airport when it flew into the woods of Serralada del Montseny near Girona, killing everyone on board in the deadliest aircraft accident involving a De Havilland Comet series.


Wreckage of Linjeflyg Flight 277
  • 1970 Spantax Convair crash, the aircraft crashed shortly after take-off from Stockholm Arlanda Airport, killing 5 people out of 10.
  • Linjeflyg Flight 277, the aircraft was on approach but got off course from its track. It flew too low and crashed into the ground, killing 31 people. The airport had a military configuration rather than the normal civilian configuration. This caused a pilot error.
  • Linjeflyg Flight 618, during approach on Stockholm Bromma Airport, the aircraft dived into the ground and crashed in upside down condition, killing all 22 people on board. An ice build up had occurred on its tailfin, causing a disruption on its airflow and subsequently crashed the plane.
  • SAS Flight 751, "The Gottröra accident", 27 December 1991.
  • West Air Sweden Flight 294 crashed near Akkajaure.


  • Swissair Flight 330 was a Convair Coronado that crashed near Würenlingen following detonation of a bomb on board, all 47 on board were killed.
  • Ethiopian Airlines Flight 702 was carrying 202 passengers and crews when it was hijacked by the co-pilot over Sudan and landed in Geneva International Airport. The co-pilot was arrested.
  • Alitalia Flight 404, a McDonnell Douglas DC-9 flew into a mountain near Weiach after its faulty navigational system caused the plane to not warn the pilots about the flight's dangerously low altitude. Everyone on board were killed.
  • Swissair Flight 306, the Sud Aviation SE-210 Caravelle III was taking off from Zurich when a fire occurred on board. The prolonged fire damaged the aircraft's hydraulic system, thus, the aircraft lose control, and crashed into a village, destroying many ground structures.
  • Invicta International Airlines Flight 435 flew into the mountain, somersaulted and exploded in one of Switzerland's deadliest air disaster.
  • Crossair Flight 3597 was on final approach to Zurich Airport when it crashed into a hill nearby. The aircraft slid and broke up, killing 24 people including several high-profile singers. Pilot error was blamed for the crash.
  • Crossair Flight 498, shortly after takeoff, the aircraft dived, spiraled and crashed in nearly vertical condition, killing everyone on board.



Part of the downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17
  • Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, a Boeing 777-200ER, was flying over Ukraine while en route to Kuala Lumpur International Airport when it was hit by a surface-to-air missile. As the missile exploded beside the aircraft, the shrapnel, thrown by the missile, penetrated the aircraft and destroyed the cockpit and the first class. The Boeing 777 spiraled and disintegrated in mid-air, sucking out passengers from their seats. It then crashed near Hrabove. All 298 people on board killed in the deadliest civilian airliner shootdown in history.
Memorial of Pulkovo Aviation Enterprise Flight 612
  • Pulkovo Aviation Enterprise Flight 612: On 22 August 2006, a Tupolev Tu-154M was flying over Donetsk Oblast in stormy conditions when it stalled and crashed near Sukha Balka, killing all 170 people on board. Ukraine's officials blamed pilot error for the crash. The crew flew the aircraft to an altitude higher than its design altitude.

United Kingdom

International waters

The following accidents and incidents occurred in international waters; that is, more than 12 nautical miles (22 km; 14 mi) off the coast of any territory.

Atlantic Ocean

  • Air France Flight 447 - The Airbus A330 was carrying 228 people from Rio de Janeiro to Paris when its pitot tubes froze causing faulty airspeed reading. The plane then stalled. As the co-pilot took over, rather than getting out of the situation, he deepened the stall. The backup pilot sat next to him pushed the lever down and asked his co-pilot to do the same. However, a miscommunication occurred and his co-pilot pulled the lever even more, causing it to enter a deep stall. It then crashed into the Atlantic Ocean killing all on board.
Tailfin of Air France Flight 447
Memorial for the victims of the downing of Air India Flight 182
  • Air India Flight 182 - was flying over the Atlantic Ocean in west of Ireland when a bomb placed by Sikh extremist exploded in the cargo hold. The Boeing 747 disintegrated and plunged into the Atlantic killing everyone aboard in Ireland's deadliest aviation disaster.
  • American Airlines Flight 63 - Attempted bombing over Atlantic Ocean, terrorist was restrained and sedated.
  • Birgenair Flight 301 - crashed in the Caribbean Sea, near the Dominican Republic; all 189 passengers and crew killed. Investigators found that a nest was found blocking its airspeed indicator, causing the pilot to misread it.
  • BOAC Flight 777 was shot down by Luftwaffe fighter planes in the Bay of Biscay on 1 June 1943. All 17 aboard died, including actor Leslie Howard.
  • China Airlines Flight 611 - A Boeing 747 was flying near the Penghu Islands when it suddenly broke up in mid-air killing all 225 people on board, the result of an improper repair of a tailstrike which happened 22 years before the crash.
  • Cubana Flight 455 - bombed, then crashed off west coast of Barbados.
  • Dominicana DC-9 air disaster - crashed into the Caribbean Sea shortly after takeoff.
A marine vessel search the missing EgyptAir Flight 990 on 31 October 1999
TWA Flight 800 sequence of events
  • TWA Flight 800 - The Boeing 747 was climbing just after taking off when suddenly its fuel tank exploded. The front cabin of the plane detached from the plane and fell straight to the Atlantic. The middle and the back cabin remained intact, but burning. The 'decapitated' plane then climbed and later crashed off the Atlantic coast of East Moriches, New York. All on board were killed. Investigators found that a faulty cable ignited a fire in the fuel tank, causing it to explode violently.
  • Vieques Air Link Flight 901A, crashed into the Atlantic Ocean, off Vieques, Puerto Rico, with 8 deaths.

Black Sea

  • Siberia Airlines Flight 1812 - was flying near Ukraine on 4 October 2001, in a coincidence, a military practice was conducted by the Ukrainian army, which was to shoot a target by a missile. The target was ready and set. However, rather than locking to its actual target, the missile locked itself towards the Siberia Airlines plane. It then hit the plane. All 78 people aboard were killed. Ukraine paid ~$15 million compensation to victims' relatives.
  • Transair Georgian Airline Crash (21 September) - Shot down into the Black Sea by a missile upon landing.

Caribbean Sea

Indian Ocean

  • Lionair Flight 602 crashed into the ocean off the coast of Mannar District, Sri Lanka while carrying 55 on board. Everyone aboard were killed. The wreckage was discovered in 2012.
  • Korean Air Flight 858 was destroyed by a bomb planted by North Korean agents on 29 November 1987. All 115 on board died.
  • South African Airways Flight 295 crashed into the Indian Ocean in international waters off the coast of Mauritius on 28 November 1987 after a catastrophic in-flight fire. The cause of the fire was never determined. All 159 aboard were killed.

Pacific Ocean




  • Air Fiji Flight 121, crashed into the mountainside due to pilot error, killing everyone on board.

Guam (United States)

New Zealand

Recovery of Air New Zealand Flight 4374 from the harbour it crashed in, in Mangere, Auckland

Papua New Guinea

  • Airlines PNG Flight 4684 - On 11 August 2009, a de Havilland Twin Otter was on approach to Kokoda Airport while carrying 13 passengers and crews. However, the plane crashed into the eastern slope of the Kokoda Gap on bad weather. Due to the massive impact forces, the plane was pulverised. All on board killed.
  • Airlines PNG Flight 1600 - On 13 October 2011, a de Havilland Canada Dash 8 was en route to Madang Airport while carrying 32 people when one of its propellers oversped. This causing a catastrophic engine failure. The pilots decided to land the plane near Guabe River. While the plane was landing, the plane gradually, disintegrated. Eventually, the plane exploded. The cockpit flung from the main body. Only 4 people survived.
  • 2016 Sunbird Aviation crash - On 13 April 2016, a Britten-Norman BN-2T aircraft crashed into a forest, just 1 km short of the runway in Kiunga. All 12 people on board perished.

North America


The Gimli Glider, known for the pilot's heroic action to glide when the plane encountered fuel exhaustion, which saves everyone on board
Wreckage of Air France Flight 358
The victims of Arrow Air Flight 1285

United States


  • Aeroméxico Flight 229 crashed into the side of a mountain while on approach to Lic. Gustavo Díaz Ordaz International Airport on 20 June 1973, killing all 27 people on board.
  • Aeromexico Flight 230 touched down too hard during landing, bounced back and broke up. It then caught fire and killing 32 people on board. A total of 34 people survived the crash.
  • Aerocaribe Flight 7831 crashed into mountain and burst into flames, killing all 19 people on board instantly.
  • Mexicana Flight 704 made a continuous descent in the last 5 minutes before impact, then turned left instead of right and collided with Cerro del Fraile, killing all 79 people on board.
  • Mexicana Flight 940 suffered in-flight fire due to maintenance error, leading to loss of hydraulics and electrical systems that caused the aircraft to crash in El Carbón, killing all 167 people on board.
  • TAESA Flight 725 stalled and crashed in Uruapan after a slat malfunction, killing all 18 people on board.
  • Western Airlines Flight 2605 landed on the wrong runway, hit a maintenance vehicle, bounced back, struck a hangar, crashed and broke apart, killing a total of 73 people, including one person on the ground.
  • 2008 Mexico City Learjet crash crashed in central Mexico City at around 18:45 local time on 4 November 2008. The nine people on board, including the Mexican Secretary of the Interior Juan Camilo Mouriño, were killed in the crash, along with seven people on the ground.

South America




Landing gear of TAM Airlines Flight 3054
Wreckage of GOL Transportes Aereos Flight 1907


  • Aeronor Flight 304 the aircraft suffered a malfunction in one of its motors and crashed into a stone wall near La Florida Airport, La Serena, killing all 46 people on board.
  • LAN Chile Flight 160 crashed into a farm near Colina. However, all 60 people on board survived the crash.
  • LAN Chile Flight 210, the aircraft smashed into the side of the Andes mountain while carrying 24 people including 8 professional footballers and 2 coaching staff from CD Green Cross. All aboard were killed.
  • LAN Chile Flight 107 the Douglas DC-6 crashed into the side of La Corona Mountain in the Andes, killing everyone on board.
  • British South American Airways Avro Lancastrian Star Dust G-AGWH crashed in the Andes (the "STENDEC" incident).


  • Aeropesca Colombia Flight 221, the Vickers Viscount 745D, named Ciudad de Popayana, crashed and exploded after impacting Mount Santa Elana on 26 August 1981, killing all 50 people on board.
  • Aeropesca Colombia Flight 217, the Vickers Viscount carrying 21 people crashed into a mountain on 26 March 1982. All aboard were killed.
  • Air France Flight 422 - a Boeing 727 leased from TAME Airlines, it crashes into the mountains east of Bogotá, Colombia shortly after takeoff, killing all 53 people on board.
  • American Airlines Flight 965 - Crashed into a mountain in Colombia, killing 159 and leaving 4 survivors. The investigation determined that pilot error was the main cause of the crash.
  • Avianca Flight 4 - A Douglas C-54 was taking off from Bogota when it suddenly stalled, causing a rapid descent. The aircraft crashed into the sea, leaving 8 survivors.
  • Avianca Flight 203 - Exploded by bomb as part of an assassination attempt while flying over Soacha.
  • Avianca Flight 410 - Crashed in Santander, Colombia.
  • AIRES Flight 8250 - Upon landing on San Andrés Gustavo Rojas Pinilla International Airport, the Boeing 737 crashed and broke up into several parts. 2 people were killed, while 119 others were injured. Pilots action saved the aircraft from post-impact fire and collision with the airport.
  • Intercontinental de Aviación Flight 256 - The Douglas DC-9 impacted with the ground in a marshy lagoon near María La Baja, 56 km from Cartagena Airport due to a false altimeter setting. 51 people were killed. The only survivor was a 9-year-old girl who apparently fell out before the aircraft caught fire.
Vigil was held in Chapecó to honor the victims of LaMia Flight 2933
  • LaMia Flight 2933 - A charter flight by an Avro RJ85, operated by LaMia, crashed near the José María Córdova International Airport in Colombia. It was transporting the Brazilian Chapecoense football squad from Viru Viru International Airport in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia, to José María Córdova International Airport in Colombia. 71 people, including 19 players of the Chapecoense football team, were killed in the crash.
  • SAM Colombia Flight 501 - A Boeing 727 operated by SAM Colombia hit Mt. Paramo de Frontino at 12,300 ft. while on approach to José María Córdova International Airport, killing all 132 people on board. The VHF omnidirectional range/distance measuring equipment had been sabotaged by terrorists and was not in service.
  • TAME Flight 120 - The Boeing 727-134 was on approach to Teniente Coronel Luis a Mantilla International Airport in foggy conditions on January 28, 2002, when it crashed into the side of Cumbal Volcano, killing all 94 people on board instantly. Colombian authorities concluded that pilot error was the cause of the accident.


  • 1982 Aerocondor DHC-4 Caribou accident - flew into high ground
  • 1983 TAME 737-200 crash - The Boeing 737-2V2 Advanced, named Ciudad de Loja, was on approach to Cuenca when the pilots went distracted. They were not aware that the plane was flying dangerously low and flew into terrain. At the same time, it was suspected that both pilots were experimenting with their aircraft, indicating a possible lack of experience. It then crashed into a hill, killing all 119 people on board.




  • Surinam Airways Flight 764 - The McDonnell Douglas DC-8-62 clipped a tree and flipped over while on approach to Zanderij airport, Surinam, killing 176 people, including a group of Surinamese football players called Colourful 11.


  • Austral Líneas Aéreas Flight 2553 - The plane was on cruising when the stall aural warning suddenly sounded. Its pitot tubes froze and caused a misreading. However, the pilots were not aware of this and put the aircraft on nose down to increase their speed. The plane was never at stall speed and was actually nearly overspeeding. The stall warning still sounded and flight crews retracted the plane's slat. As because the plane was overspeeding, one of its slats came off, and the plane lost control. The plane crashed at Nuevo Berlín, Uruguay at a nearly perpendicular angle, killing all aboard.


See also


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