Total of 582 is highest for any type of aviation disaster. The Soviet fighter did not give a warning by firing tracer bullets as originally claimed. 16, Romulus, Mich.: Northwest Airlines Mc Donnell Douglas MD-80 crashed into a highway shortly after takeoff from Detroit Metropolitan Airport, killing 156 (including 2 on the ground). All 260 people aboard and 5 on the ground were killed. 12, western Iran: Iranian airliner en route from Teheran to Khorramabad crashed into a mountain while trying to land, killing all 118 aboard. May 4, Kano, Nigeria: EAS Airline BAC 1-11 bound for Lagos plowed into a poor, densely populated suburb of Kano shortly after takeoff, killing 148. Lviv, Ukraine: Russian-built Sukhoi-27 fighter jet crashed while performing an acrobatic maneuver during an air show. July 8, Port Sudan, Sudan: a Sudan Airways airplane, a Boeing 737, experienced technical difficulties shortly after takeoff and crashed while attempting to return to the Port Sudan airport.Overcast or foggy conditions may have contributed to the crash. Pusan, South Korea: Air China Boeing 767 en route from Beijing crashed into a forested hillside near airport, killing at least 115 people. Dead included all 76 aboard and dozens on the ground. Pescadores off western Taiwan: China Airlines Boeing 747, bound for Hong Kong with 225 people aboard, broke apart in midair and plunged into sea 20 minutes after takeoff from Taipei. 83 people were killed, including 23 children; the 2 pilots ejected to safety. One child survived and 116 passengers and crew perished. 22, Donetsk, Ukraine: a Pulkovo (Russian) airliner, TU 154, flying from the Black Sea resort town of Anapa to St.
21, Sinai: civilian Libyan Arab Airlines Boeing 727 shot down by Israeli fighters after it had strayed off course; 108 died, 5 survived. New Delhi, India: shortly after takeoff, Saudi Arabian Airlines Boeing 747 collided in midair with Kazak Airlines Ilyushin 76 approaching the New Delhi airport.
Officials claimed that the pilot had ignored fighters' warnings to land. Bangkok, Thailand: Austrian Lauda Air Boeing 767, en route to Vienna, crashed into jungle hilltop shortly after takeoff from Bangkok airport, killing all 223 aboard. April 14, northern Iraq: two American F-15C fighter aircraft mistook two U. Army blackhawk helicopters for Russian-made Iraqi MI-24 helicopters and shot them down over no-fly zone, killing all 26 on board. All 349 passengers and crew were killed; the world's worst midair collision.
March 27, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands: Pan American and KLM Boeing 747s collided on runway. 1992 reveal that the plane was flying a straight course for two hours with its navigational lights on and did not take evasive action. Y.-bound Pan-Am Boeing 747 exploded in flight from a terrorist bomb and crashed into Scottish village, killing all 259 aboard and 11 on the ground. July 25, Gonesse, France: Air France Concorde jet en route to N. crashed into a hotel after taking off from Charles de Gaulle airport near Paris; all 109 aboard and 4 on the ground were killed; first Concorde jet to crash since the plane went into commercial service in 1976. 8, Milan, Italy: Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS) MD-87 jet bound for Copenhagen hit a Cessna aircraft during takeoff in a heavy fog at Milan's Linate airport.
All 249 on KLM plane and 333 of 394 aboard Pan Am jet killed. island of Sakhalin off Siberia: Korean Air Lines Boeing 747 shot down by Soviet fighter after it strayed off course into Soviet airspace. Crew was unaware of its location and never saw the Soviet fighter that downed them. 28, Ramstein Air Force Base, West Germany: 3 jets from Italian Air Force acrobatic team collided in midair during air show and crashed, killing 70 people, including the pilots and spectators on the ground. All 104 passengers and 6 crew aboard the airliner, as well as the four people in the smaller plane and four airport workers, were killed in what is one of Italy's worst air disasters Nov. Y.: American Airlines Airbus A-300, bound for the Dominican Republic, crashed into residential neighborhood minutes after taking off from JFK International Airport. Shahdad, Iran: Iranian military airplane, Ilyushin Il-76MD, carrying members of Iran's Revolutionary Guards, crashed in the Sirach Mountains, killing all 276 on board, making this Iran's worst air disaster.
It was the worst aviation accident in Brazil's history, and the second in less than 10 months. 20, Madrid, Spain: At least 153 people died when a 160-person passenger plane, flying from Barajas airport in Madrid to Las Palmas in the Canary Islands, skidded off the runway during take-off and burst into flames. 8, Nepal: A Yeti Airlines passenger plane, flying from Kathmandu to Lukla in eastern Nepal, burst into flames on the runway while landing in heavy cloud, killing 18 of the 19 people on board—only the Nepalese pilot survived. 4, Mexico: All nine passengers and five people on the ground died when a Learjet crashed in Mexico City during afternoon rush hour. S.: Three civilians died when a military fighter jet crashed into a house in San Diego about two miles from its airfield destination. S.: All 45 passengers and 4 crew members died when a Continental flight from Newark to Buffalo crashed five minutes outside Buffalo airport, damaging homes and killing one person on the ground. 25, Amsterdam, Netherlands: Nine people died and at least 50 more were injured when a Turkish plane crashed during the landing at Amsterdam's Schiphol international airport.
Turbulence from flying too close to a large passenger plane caused the Learjet to crash. The pilot, who survived the crash, had lost power in one engine and tried to reach the airfield on a single working engine. The plane carrying 134 passengers en route from Istanbul broke into three pieces but did not catch fire.June 1, Brazil: In the worst aviation disaster since 2001, Air France Airbus A330 disappeared somewhere off the northeast coast of Brazil with 228 passengers on board, en route from Rio de Janeiro to Paris. June 30, Indian Ocean: A Yemenia Jet, on its way to Comoros, crashed into the Indian Ocean in an attempt to land.There were 153 people on board, with only one survivor, a 14-year-old girl.Severe weather and turbulence are believed to have caused the crash.April 10, Smolensk, Russia: All 96 passengers and crew onboard Polish Air Force Tu-154 were killed, including Polish president Lech Kaczynski and his wife, former president Ryszard Kaczorowski, other government officials and military officers.Also, on the plane were relatives of victims from the Katyn massacre. Many of the victims were members of the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl ice hockey team.