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The 10 worst plane crashes in history


A count of the deadliest commercial plane crashes in history. The worst accidents on commercial flights 0:45 (CNN) --   The crash of a plane carrying 72 people in Nepal highlighted the dangers of air travel in a country often considered one of the world's most dangerous places to fly. Here you can take a look at the deadliest commercial plane crashes in history. Why is it so dangerous to fly in Nepal? On August 12, 1985, the largest single commercial air

The worst accidents on commercial flights 0:45

(CNN) -- 

 The crash of a plane carrying 72 people in Nepal highlighted the dangers of air travel in a country often considered one of the world's most dangerous places to fly.

Here you can take a look at the deadliest commercial plane crashes in history.

  • Why is it so dangerous to fly in Nepal?

On August 12, 1985, the largest single commercial airliner accident in history occurred when a Japan Airlines Boeing 747 crashed into Mount Ogura in Japan.

It killed all 520 people and crew on board.

The deadliest commercial airliner accident occurred on March 27, 1977 when two Boeing 747 aircraft collided on a runway on the Spanish island of Tenerife, killing 583 people.

The 10 worst plane crashes in history

These are the geographic regions where the highest number of fatal civilian aircraft accidents have been recorded from 1945 to the present, according to the Aviation Safety Network:


1. United States

Number of accidents: 870

Deaths: 10,846

Deaths on the ground: 133

2. Russia

Number of accidents: 548

Deaths: 8,537

Deaths on the ground: 23

3. Brazil

Number of accidents: 193

Deaths: 2,740

Deaths on the ground: 68

4. Canada

Number of accidents: 191

Deaths: 1,800

Deaths on the ground: 2

5. Columbia

Number of accidents: 185

Deaths: 2,932

Deaths on the ground: 28

6. United Kingdom

Number of accidents: 110

Deaths: 1,298

Deaths on the ground: 11


Number of accidents: 106

Deaths: 2,303

Deaths on the ground: 52

8. France

Number of accidents: 105

Deaths: 2,246

Deaths on the ground: 15

9. Mexico

Number of accidents: 102

Deaths: 1,287

Deaths on the ground: 52


Number of accidents: 95

Deaths: 2,352

Deaths on the ground: 27

The deadliest commercial plane crashes in history

Editor's Note:

That list pertains to commercial aircraft accidents with more than 200 passengers or notable accidents.

Aircraft accidents as a result of terrorist actions or military actions are not included here.

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March 21, 2022: A China Eastern Airlines passenger plane carrying 132 people crashed in the mountains of southern China's Guangxi region, according to the Civil Aviation Administration of China.

The causes of the accident are still unknown.

Look in this gallery at other air accidents and accidents in recent years.

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January 8, 2020 – A Ukraine International Airlnes flight was shot down by Iranian forces hours after Iran launched an attack on Iraqi bases housing US military personnel in response to the death of General Qassam Soleimani.

All 176 people on board died (Credit: AFP via Getty Images) View the gallery →

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On March 10, 2019, an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 MAX 8 crashed within minutes of takeoff in Ethiopia.

All 157 people on board died.

It is the same type of plane from the accident 6 months before Lion Air (MICHAEL TEWELDE/AFP/Getty Images)

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On October 29, 2018, a Lion Air plane with 189 people on board crashed during a short flight between the Indonesian capital Jakarta and the city of Pangkal Pinang, according to the National Search and Rescue Agency. from the Asian country.

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A Boeing 737 crashed while taking off from the José Martí Airport in Havana with 104 passengers on board, on Friday, May 18, 2018. (Credit: YAMIL LAGE/AFP/Getty Images)

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Pakistan International Airlines Flight PK-661 crashed near Abbottabad, Pakistan, on December 8, 2016. All 42 passengers and five crew members on board were killed, according to the airline.

The flight lost contact with a control tower while en route from Chitral to Islamabad.

It crashed into the mountains near Abbottabad and Havelian.

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A charter plane with 77 people on board, including players from the Brazilian soccer team Chapecoense, crashed near Rionegro, Colombia, on Monday, November 28, 2016. 71 people died, authorities said.

Six survived.

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EgyptAir Flight 804 disappeared from radar en route from Paris to Cairo on May 19, 2016. Search teams recovered parts of the plane's wreckage in the Mediterranean Sea, including passengers' personal belongings, life jackets, airplane seats and even some body parts.

The plane had 56 passengers and 10 crew members on board.

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Russian investigators work on the wreckage of the Flydubai plane that crashed on March 19, 2016. All 62 people on board were killed as the aircraft tried to land in bad weather in Rostov-on-Don.

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A Tara Air plane crashed on February 24, 2016 in mountainous northern Nepal.

I was in the middle of what should have been a 19 minute flight.

23 people died.

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Metrojet Flight 9268 crashed in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula after breaking up while in flight in October 2015. All 224 people on board the plane died.

The aircraft was en route to St. Petersburg, Russia, from the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh.

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The wreckage of Germanwings Flight 9525 that crashed in the French Alps on March 24, 2015. The Airbus A320 was carrying at least 150 people when the crash occurred.

The plane was going from Barcelona, ​​Spain, to Dusseldorf, Germany.

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In this still image taken from video, TransAsia Airways Flight GE235 passes a bridge in Taipei, Taiwan, shortly after takeoff on February 4, 2015. There were 58 passengers on board the twin-engine turboprop ATR72 aircraft, which plunged into the Keelung River.

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A part of the tail of AirAsia flight QZ8501 is seen on the deck of a rescue ship, after being recovered in the Java Sea on January 10, 2015. The Airbus A320-200 lost contact with air traffic control on Sunday December 28, 2014, shortly after the pilot requested permission to turn and climb to a higher altitude due to bad weather, according to Indonesian officials.

(Credit: AP Photo/Prasetyo Utomo, Pool)

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The crash site of Air Algeria flight AH 5017 in Mali can be seen from the air.

After the crash, in July 2014, then-French President François Hollande said the plane was in a "state of disintegration."

He added that there were no survivors.

(Credit: KAMBOU/AFP/Getty Images)

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48 people were killed when TransAsia Airways flight GE222 crashed in Taiwan's Penghu island chain on July 23, 2014. (Credit: YEH/AFP/Getty Images)

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Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crashed in a field in eastern Ukraine on July 17, 2014. US intelligence concluded that the plane, carrying 298 people, was shot down.

Ukrainian officials accused pro-Russian rebels of shooting down the plane, but Russia pointed the finger at Ukraine, blaming its military operations against separatists.

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Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 went missing over Southeast Asia on March 8, 2014. Australian officials said they believe the plane was on autopilot for its entire journey across the Indian Ocean until it ran out of fuel.

In August 2015, authorities confirmed that a piece of debris found on Réunion Island came from the aircraft.

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Asiana Airlines Flight 214 crashed at San Francisco International Airport on July 6, 2013. The South Korean airline's Boeing 777 crashed on the runway.

Three people died and more than 180 were injured. (Credit: Ezra Shaw / Getty Images)

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A Dana Air airline plane, carrying 153 people, crashed on June 3, 2012, in a residential neighborhood in Lagos, the most populous city in Nigeria.

No one on the plane survived, and 10 people on the ground also died.

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A Bhoja Air Boeing 737 crashed on April 20, 2012, in Islamabad, Pakistan, killing 127 people.

The aircraft was going from Karachi to the Pakistani capital.

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A plane carrying dozens of hockey players crashed on September 7, 2011, just outside the Russian city of Yaroslavl, about 100 miles northeast of Moscow.

43 people died.

One of the two survivors later died from his injuries.

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A Hewa Bora Airways plane crashed on July 8, 2011, while attempting to land in bad weather at Kisangani airport in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

74 of the 118 people on board died.

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An Airblue flight carrying 152 people crashed into a hillside on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, on July 28, 2010. No one survived.

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On May 22, 2010, an Air India plane crash killed 158 people, after the plane overran a runway in Mangalore, south-west India, crashed into a ravine and caught fire. .

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A plane carrying Polish President Lech Kaczynski crashed while trying to land at an airport near the Russian city of Smolensk on April 10, 2010. Kaczynski was one of 97 people killed.

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An Ethiopian Airlines flight crashed into the sea shortly after takeoff from Beirut, Lebanon, on January 25, 2010. All 90 people on board were killed.

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An Air France flight carrying 228 people disappeared from radar over the Atlantic Ocean on June 1, 2009. The Airbus A330 took off from Rio de Janeiro bound for Paris and sent out an automatic signal warning of electrical problems.

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Colgan Air Flight 3407 (a connecting flight to Continental Airlines) crashed into a home outside Buffalo, New York, on February 13, 2009. All 49 people on board the plane were killed, plus one person on the ground. .

Two occupants of the house survived.

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A TAM Airlines plane skidded off the runway, crashed into a gas station and burst into flames on July 17, 2007, after landing at the airport in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

All 199 people on board died.

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A Sudan Airways Boeing 737 crashed just after takeoff on July 8, 2003. 116 people were killed and a 3-year-old boy was the only survivor.

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An American Airlines plane crashed in Belle Harbor, Queens, shortly after takeoff from John F. Kennedy Airport on November 12, 2001. The crash killed 265 people, including five on the ground.

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An Air France Concorde flight bound for New York crashed into a Paris hotel shortly after takeoff on July 25, 2000. All 109 passengers and crew members were killed.

Four people on the ground also died.


December 14, 1920 —

This is believed to be one of the first commercial aircraft accidents when a British Handley Page HP-16 traveling from London to Paris crashed just after takeoff, killing four of eight people on board .

March 3, 1974 —

346 people were killed when a Turkish Airlines DC-10 plane crashed in France as a result of the cargo door not being fully closed.

March 27, 1977 -

A KLM Dutch Airlines Boeing 747 collided with a Pan American World Airways Boeing 747 at the former Los Rodeos Airport in Tenerife, in the Canary Islands (Spain), killing 583 people: 335 dead from the Pan American plane and all 234 passengers and 14 crew members of the KLM plane.

The accident occurred when the KLM plane was beginning its takeoff and the Pan American plane was still on the runway.

This image shows the crash of the Airfrance Concorde en route to New York and crashed into a hotel in July 2000. 109 people were killed.

May 25, 1979 —

An American Airlines DC-10 crashes after takeoff from Chicago's O'Hare International Airport, killing 271 passengers on board and two others on the ground.

During takeoff, a left wing engine fell out.

The Federal Aviation Administration later blamed American Airlines for the maintenance failures that led to the crash.

November 28, 1979 —

An Air New Zealand DC-10 crashed into Mount Erebus in Antarctica, killing 257 people.

The accident is believed to have been the result of a navigation error.

August 19, 1980 —

Shortly after takeoff, a Saudi Arabian Airlines Lockheed L-1011 began a return trip to Riyadh International Airport, Saudi Arabia, due to a fire in the cargo compartment.

The pilot landed the plane safely and continued down the taxiway, but all 201 passengers and crew members died in a fire before the evacuation began.

LOOK: Engine of a Southwest airline plane catches fire in mid-flight

August 12, 1985 —

The highest death toll in a commercial flight crash occurred when a Japan Airlines Boeing 747 crashed into Mount Ogura in Japan, killing 520 people and crew members.

April 28, 1988 —

An Aloha Airlines Boeing 737 decompressed causing a midair explosion.

The pilot was able to land safely, but one person was killed and dozens of passengers and crew members were injured.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) later blamed the airline's maintenance program for failing to address the signs of metal fatigue and disbonding that ultimately caused the fuselage to separate.

The Aviation Safety Investigation Act of 1988 was passed by the United States Congress as a result of this incident.

May 26, 1991 —

Fifteen minutes after takeoff, a thrust reverser was deployed on a Lauda Air Boeing 767 Flight 004. The plane crashed 112 kilometers north of Bangkok, Thailand.

All 223 passengers and crew died.

July 11, 1991 —

The landing gear of a Nigerian Airways DC-8 caught fire shortly after takeoff and upon returning to Jeddah airport in Saudi Arabia, the plane crashed, killing all 261 on board.

April 26, 1994 —

A China Airlines Airbus A300 crashed on approach to Nagoya Airport, Japan.

264 people died.

May 11, 1996 —

ValuJet Flight 592 crashes in Florida's Evergaldes National Park, killing 110 people.

July 17, 1996 —

TWA Flight 800, a Boeing 747, explodes in midair and crashes off the coast of Long Island, New York.

All 230 people on board died.

The NTSB ruled that the explosion was caused by faulty wiring that ignited a fuel tank.

November 12, 1996 —

A mid-air collision between a Saudi Arabian Airlines Boeing 747 and a Kazakhstan Airlines plane occurred at New Delhi airport, India.

All 349 passengers and crew on both planes died.

August 6, 1997 —

A Korean Airlines Boeing 747 crashed in the jungle of Guam.

228 people on board died.

September 26, 1997 —

A Garuda Indonesia Airlines Airbus A300 crashed in Buah Nabar, Indonesia, killing 234 people.

February 16, 1998 —

Flying through rain and fog, a China Airlines Airbus A300 crashed in a neighborhood near Taipei, Taiwan, killing all 196 passengers on board and seven others on the ground.

September 2, 1998 —

A Swissair MD-11 crashed in Nova Scotia, Canada, killing 229 people.

Canada's Transportation Safety Bureau concluded after flammable material and faulty wiring sparked a fire that spread beyond the control of the crew.

October 31, 1999 —

EgyptAir Flight 990, bound for Cairo from New York, crashed into the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Nantucket, Massachusetts, plummeting 4,200 meters in just 36 seconds.

All 203 passengers and 14 crew members died.

The NTSB determined that the accident was the result of the actions of the co-pilot, but was unable to pinpoint why.

The co-pilot is believed to have deliberately caused the crash, but Egyptian authorities dispute this and reject the NTSB's findings.

July 25, 2000 —

An Air France Concorde bound for New York crashed into a Paris hotel shortly after takeoff.

It killed 113 people: the 109 passengers and four people who were on the ground.

November 12, 2001 —

An American Airlines Airbus A300 crashed in Belle Garbor, Queens, New York, United States, shortly after takeoff from New York's JFK Airport, killing a total of 265 people, including five people. on land.

May 25, 2002 —

A China Airlines Boeing 747 crashed in the Taiwan Strait 20 minutes after takeoff, killing all 225 people on board.

The accident was later attributed to metal fatigue caused by earlier faulty repair work.

August 27, 2006 —

Comair Flight 5191 crashes on takeoff from Blue Grass Airport in Fayette County, Kentucky.

47 passengers and two crew members died.

January 15, 2009 —

US Airways Flight 1549 touched down in the Hudson River in New York approximately three minutes after takeoff and after striking a flock of birds.

All 155 passengers survived.

LOOK: Remembering the miracle of the landing in the Hudson River

February 12, 2009 —

Colgan Air Flight 3407 crashed into a home in Clarence Center, New York, killing all 49 on board and one person in the home.

June 1, 2009 —

Air France Flight 447 from Rio de Janeiro to Paris carrying 228 passengers plus crew is lost in the Atlantic.

The first bodies were recovered on June 6, approximately 1,000 kilometers north of the coast of Brazil.

On July 5, 2012, the French Bureau of Investigation and Analysis released a report concluding that a series of pilot errors and a failure to react effectively to technical problems led to the crash of Flight 447.

March 8, 2014 —

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappeared from radar after taking off from Kuala Lumpur bound for Beijing.

After more than 10 months of searching for the aircraft, on January 29, 2015, the Malaysian government officially declared the loss of MH370 an accident with all its passengers and crew, 239 in total, presumed dead.

On August 5, 2015, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said that a piece of aircraft debris that washed up on Reunion Island was in fact a part of Flight 370. On January 17, 2017, the The underwater search for MH370 has been suspended, according to a joint statement by Chinese, Australian and Malaysian authorities.

LOOK: 3 years without answers, the tragedy of MH370

March 24, 2015 —

Germanwings Flight 9625 crashed in the French Alps after taking off from Barcelona, ​​Spain, en route to Dusseldorf, Germany.

All 150 passengers and crew died.

On March 26, 2015, authorities said the co-pilot, Andreas Lubitz, deliberately crashed the plane after securing the cockpit.

A subsequent investigation revealed that Lubitz suffered from depression in the past.

March 10, 2019 —

A Boeing 737 MAX 8 crashed in Ethiopia, killing all 157 people on board, marking the second time in less than six months that one of the planes had crashed minutes after takeoff.

The Lion Air Boeing 737 Max 8 flight went down over the Java Sea in October, killing 189 people.

Both accidents are under investigation and there is no evidence of a link between the two, but the similarities between them have raised caution among some aviation authorities and airlines.

On April 4, 2019, according to Boeing, a preliminary report on the Boeing 737 MAX 8 crash in Ethiopia “contains information from the flight data recorder indicating that the aircraft had a wrong angle on the attack sensor input which activated the MCAS function during the flight, as it happened during the Lion Air flight 610”.

Other notable accidents:

November 28, 2016 - 

At least 71 people died when a Bolivian airline LAMIA plane crashed, carrying 77 occupants on board.

The incident occurred near Rionegro, Colombia.

Six people survived.

The Brazilian soccer team Chapecoense was traveling on the aircraft, which was going to play against Atlético Nacional in the final of the Copa Sudamericana.

The plane declared an emergency when it was flying between the municipalities of La Ceja and La Unión, according to Colombian aeronautics officials.

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Source: cnnespanol

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