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Chronology of world's major air disasters

May 21, 2003 04:34 PM IST

Following is the chronology of world's major air disasters in the reverse chronological order


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Nov 24: Ilyushin 18 of IRS Aero airline crashed in Kalyazin in Russia killing 27.

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Nov 27: A Crossair four-engined Jumbolino on a flight from Berlin crashes in woodland on its approach to Zurich airport killing 24 people.

July 27: At least 78 people were killed and more than 115 injured in western Ukraine when a military aircraft crashed into a crowd of spectators at an air show at Skniliv airfield near Lviv. Thousands of people watched in horror as Russian-made Sukhoi Su-27 jet plummeted from the sky, exploding into flames amongst the crowded stands, in what has become the world's worst air show disaster.

July 1: Seventy-one people, many of them children, died when a Russian Tupolev 154 aircraft on a school trip to Spain collided with a Boeing 757 transport plane over southern Germany.

May 25: A total of 225 passengers and crew on board a Boeing 747 belonging to Taiwan's national carrier - China Airlines - were killed when it crashed into the sea near Taiwanese island of Penghu.

May 7: On the same day, an EgyptAir Boeing 735 crash-lands near Tunis with 55 passengers and up to 10 crew on board. Most people survived.

May 6: A China Northern Airlines plane carrying 112 passengers and crew crashed into the sea of the coast of north-east China late on May 6. All those on board were killed.

April 15: Air China flight 129 crashed on its approach to Pusan, South Korea, with over 160 passengers and crew on board. Most of them were killed.

February 12: A Tupolev 154 operated by Iran Air crashed in mountains in west of Iran, killing all 117 on board.

January 28: Boeing 727 of TAME Ecuador airline crashed in Ipiales, Colombia. Ninety two passengers on board were killed. Reason: It crashed into a volcano.


Nov 12: A Dominican Republic-bound Airlines A-300 crashed after takeoff in a residential area of the borough of Queens, New York, killing all 260 people on board and at least five people on the ground.

Oct 8: A Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS) airliner collides with a small plane in heavy fog on the runway at Milan's Linate airport, killing 118 people.

October: A Russian Sibir Airlines Tupolev 154 en route from Tel Aviv to Novosibirsk in Siberia exploded in mid-air and crashed into the Black Sea, killing 78 passengers and crew. It was shot down by AAA-missile.

Sept 11: Two passenger planes Boeing 767 and 757 piloted by terrorists crash into the World Trade Center in New York. A third ploughs into the Pentagon and a fourth crashes south east of Pittsburgh. In total more than 4,000 people were killed. It sparked a world-wide war on terror led by the US.

July 3: A Russian Tupolev 154, en route from Yekaterinburg in the Ural mountains to the Russian port of Vladivostok, crashes near the Siberian city of Irkutsk, killing 133 passengers and 10 crew.


October 30: A Singapore Airlines Boeing 747 bound for Los Angeles crashes after take-off from Taipei airport in Taiwan, killing 78 of the 179 people on board.

August 23: A Gulf Air Airbus A-320 crashes into the sea as it comes in to land in Bahrain, killing all 143 people on board.

July 25: Air France Concorde en route for New York crashes into a hotel outside Paris shortly after takeoff, killing 113 people, including four on the ground.

April 19: Air Philippines Boeing 737-200 from Manila to Davao crashes on approach to landing, killing all 131 people on board.

January 31: Alaska Airlines MD-83 from Mexico to San Francisco plunges into ocean off southern California, killing all 88 people on board.

January 30: Kenya Airways A-310 crashes into Atlantic Ocean shortly after takeoff from Abidjan, Ivory Coast, en route for Lagos, Nigeria. All but 10 of the 179 people on board die.


October 31: EgyptAir Boeing 767 crashes into Atlantic Ocean after taking off from John F Kennedy Airport in New York on flight to Cairo, Egypt, killing all 217 on board.

February 24: China Southwest Airlines plane crashes in a field in China's coastal Zhejiang province after a mid-air explosion. All 61 people on board the Russian-built TU-154 flying from Chongqing to the south-eastern city of Wenzhou were killed.


December 11: Thai Airways International A-310 crashes on a domestic flight during its third attempt to land at Surat Thani, Thailand, killing 101 people.

Sep 2: Swissair MD-11 from New York to Geneva crashes in the Atlantic Ocean off Canada killing all 229 people on board.

August: In the world's worst air show disaster until the crash in Ukraine, about 70 spectators were killed when two Italian jets collided and spiralled into a crowd at a show in Ramstein in Germany.

February 16: Airbus A-300 owned by Taiwan's China Airlines crashes near Taipei's Chiang Kai-shek airport while trying to land in fog and rain after a flight from Bali, Indonesia. All 196 on board and seven people on ground are killed.

February 2: Cebu Pacific Air DC-9 crashes into mountain in southern Philippines, killing all 104 people aboard.


August 5: A Jumbojet Boeing 747 from Korean Air craches at Guam island. 226 were killed.

Sep 26: Indonesia Garuda Airways Airbus A300 crashed at Buah Nabar, 234 were killed.

Aug 6: Korean Airlines Jumbo-jet B747 crashed at Agana, Guam. 228 people were killed.


Nov 23: 175 people were killed when a hijacked Ethiopian Airlines Boeing runs out of fuel over the Indian Ocean off the Comoro Islands. The plane was on an Addis Ababa-Nairobi-Abidjan flight when three Ethiopians hijacked it.

Nov 12: Saudi Air Boeing 747 Khazakhstan Ilyushin 76 exploded in mid-air. A total of 350 people were killed.

Nov 7: 142 people were killed when a Boeing 727 owned by Nigeria's ADC airline plunges into a lagoon 85 kilometres (55 miles) from Lagos.

July 17: A Boeing 747 Jumbo of TWA exploded four minutes after take off in New York. All 230 aboard were killed.

Jan 8: African Air AN32 crashed in Kishasa in Zaire. 227 people were killed.


As many a 141 people were killed when a plane from Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of Congo), crashed in northern Angola.


July 1: 94 people were killed when a Fokker 28 crashed on landing in the central Mauritanian town of Tidjikdja.

April 26: China Airlines Airbus A300 crashed in Komaki in Japan. 264 people were killed.

March 23: An Airbus A-310 of Aeroflot crashed at Novokusnetsk, with 70 persons killed because the son of pilot flew plane.

April 26: An Airbus A300-600 from China Airlines exploded at Nagoya Airport in Japan. 264 people were killed.


September 26: A total of 158 people were killed when a Nigerian military transport plane went down near Lagos.

December 22: 157 people were killed when a Libyan Airlines Boeing 727 crashed on a domestic Benghazi-Tripoli flight.


July 11: Nigeria Airways Douglas DC-8 exploded killing 261 people, most of them pilgrims in Jeddah in Saudi Arabia.

May 26: Austrian Lauda Air´s Boeing 767-300 flying from Bangkok to Vienna chrashed with all 223 aboard killed.

1989, September 9

As many as 170 people were killed when a UTA DC-10 exploded in mid-air over Niger's Tenere desert. The incident is blamed on a Libyan bomb attack.


Dec 21: Pan Am B747 exploded killing 270 people on board in Lockerbie, Scotland.
July 3: Iran Air A300 Airbus crashed in Persian Gulf. 290 people  were killed.

Nov 28: As many as 160 people were killed when a Boeing 747 of South African Airlines on a Taipei-Johannesburg flight crashed into the sea off Mauritius.
July 3: Iran Air A300 Airbus Blown out of sky by US cruiser. 290 people were killed.


Dec 12: Arrow Air Douglas DC-8 crashed in Newfoundland, Canada. 256 people were killed.
Aug 8: Japan Air Lines Jumbo-jet B747 crashed at Mt Osutaka in Japan. 520 people were.
June 23: Air India a Jumbo-jet  B747 crashed at Irish Sea. As many as 329 people were killed.
Aug 12: Japan Airlines Boeing 747 Crashed into mountain. 520 people were killed.
June 23: Air India Boeing 747 Kanishka Blown out of sky because of a terrorist act. 329 people were killed.

19 Aug 1980

Saudi Air L1011 crashed during emergency landing. 301 people were killed.

27 March 1977

KLM B747 hit PanAm B747 in Tenerife Island because of a terrorist act.
582 people were killed.


>>>Link to complete list of Major Airline disasters

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