Aircraft accidents are always frightening but some of them are really unbelievable in terms of losses. Here are the first 10 most fatal aircraft accidents.
1.Tenerife Airport Disaster 27 March 1977 – Tenerife, Spain
In the deadliest accident in the aviation history happened on the Spanish Island of Tenerife on 27 March 1977, 583 people died. The accident happened with the crash of KLM Airlines Boeing 747 and Pan Am Airlines Boeing 747 on Los Rodeos Airport.
- Japan Airlines Flight 123, 12 August 1985, Ueno, Japan
The bulkhead of Japan Airlines Boeing 747SR type aircraft had a mechanical failure 12 minutes after the takeoff, the aircraft could fly for 32 minutes thanks to the hard efforts of the pilots but crashed Mount Takamagahara near Ueno. All 15 crew members and 505 passengers died and only 4 people survived. This accident is the most fatal single-aircraft accident in history.
3. 12 November 1996 – New Delhi, India
As a result of the collision between Saudi Arabian Airlines Boeing 747 and Kazakhstan Airlines Ilyushin 76, 312 people on Boeing and 37 people on Ilyushin died. The crash killed 349 people in total
4. Air India Flight 182, 23 June 1985 – Ireland
Air India Flight 182 Boeing 747-237b type aircraft operating on the Montreal-London-Delhi route was blown up by a bomb which had been placed by terrorists while it was in Irish airspace and crashed into the Atlantic Ocean. As a result of the accident, 329 people on board died.
5. Saudi Arabian Airlines Flight 163, 19 August 1980 – Riyadh
On 19 August 1980, in the cargo compartment of Saudi Arabian Airlines 163 Flight Lockheed 1-1011-200 TriStar type aircraft, a fire broke out 6 minutes after the takeoff from Riyadh International Airport. The pilot of the aircraft succeeded in landing back at the Riyadh airport but 301 people in total, 287 passengers and 14 crew members, died because of late intervention of fire department.
6. Iran Air Flight 655, 3 July 1988 – Persian Gulf
Iran Air Airbus A300B2-203 type aircraft was shot down by the two United States Navy missiles while it was on Persian Gulf because it was thought that the aircraft was a fighter aircraft. All 290 on board including 66 children died. The bodies of many dead people haven’t been found although 23 years have passed since the accident.
7. Iran Military Aircraft Accident
Iran Air Forces Ilyushin 76 type aircraft carrying the members of the revolutionary guard crashed in mountainous terrain in bad weather conditions as a result of cockpit error. 275 people on board died.
8. American Airlines Flight 191, 25 May 1979 – Illinois, USA
American Airlines DC-10 type aircraft crashed moments after takeoff from Chicago O’Hare International Airport because its left engine separated from the aircraft. In total, 273 people on board died.
9. Pan-Am Flight 103, “Lockerbie Disaster”, 21 December 1988 – Lockerbie, Scotland
On 21 December 1988, Pan-Am Airlines Boeing 747 type aircraft crashed near Lockerbie, Scotland during its London-New York flight. 258 passengers on board and 17 people living in the village, 275 people in total, died. Libya is thought to be responsible for the crash.
10. Tupolev Tu-154B-2, Aeroflot Flight 7425
All 191 passengers and 9 crew were killed. An investigation concluded that the plane went down due to pilot error.