Top 10 Worst Plane Crashes
Travelling internationally has been a habit of each individual. Who wouldn’t want to go places where the climate is different, the beaches are clean and there are world renowned tourist attractions. Shipping from one place to another is by riding airplanes. Some reviews online show the credibility of each airline and its services. But we all know nothing’s perfect, history had recorded several fatal plane crashes and accidents. In this article, I will share you the Top 10 Worst Plane Crashes in the world.
NOTE: Just a reminder, the purpose of this article is not to criticize or discriminate the airlines mentioned below. It is just a list to show what are the accidents and incidents occurred in the world of aviation.
#10 Korean Air Lines – Flight 007
On September 1, 1983 the flight from Anchorage to Seoul was recorded as one of the tensest moments of the Cold War. This incident can be related to the phrase “In the wrong place at the wrong time”. The aircraft was happened to be passing through Soviet Union airspace and on that day a Soviet missile test was scheduled. There was also an American military plane spying on the same date and time the Korean Air Line aircraft was around, this ignited the Soviet pilot to shoot the plane down killing all 269 passengers and crew.
#9 Air France – Flight 447
On June 1, 2009 a flight from Rio de Janeiro to Paris suddenly disappeared. Reports were found that the aircraft entered an aerodynamic fall and crashed into Atlantic Ocean leaving no survivors and a total of 228 deaths. The wreckage was found 5 days after the aircraft’s disappearance and the black box was found in May 2011. This had been listed as the deadliest accident in Air France.
#8 Trans World Airlines – Flight 800
On July 17, 1996 a scheduled flight to Rome exploded and crashed into Atlantic Ocean after few minutes of takeoff. Reports were not showing similar probable cause, some said it was a short circuit that caused the explosion of the fuel tank. Some speculation said it was a terrorist attack. Either of which might cause the accident, 230 died and this was listed as third deadliest aviation accident in US territory.
#7 American Airlines – Flight 191
On May 25, 1979 a flight from Chicago to Los Angeles crashed shortly after take off. Investigators found the last maintenance check of the aircraft was eight weeks prior to the accident. The aircraft had an engine failure and fell back onto the runway causing the damage the left wing. Due to the pilot’s unawareness, the wings were damaged and they were losing fluid. This incident killed all 258 passengers including 13 crew and 2 people on the ground.
#6 Iran Air – Flight 655
On July 3, 1988 the tension between Iran-Iraq was the main reason why this incident happened killing all 290 passengers on board when the USS Vincennes under the command of William Rogers III shot down the aircraft. US Government said they mistakenly identified the carrier as a fighter plane and defended that the US Navy made ten attempts to get in touch with the crew of the aircraft, but received zero response.
#5 Air Africa
On January 8, 1996 recorded the deadliest airplane accident which gravely affected people on the ground than people on board. The cargo aircraft failed takeoff resulted in crashing into the Kinshasa’s Simbazikita street market and exploded leaving history with 225-348 estimated people killed and 500 injured.
#4 Turkish Airline – Flight 981
On March 3, 1974 flight from Paris to London crashed into Ermenonville air forest outside Paris and was believed that the probable cause of this accident was due to the negligence of the baggage handler failing to follow proper latching instructions, which caused the latch to blew off mid flight killing all 346 on board and marking their way to a sudden fourth spot in the deadliest plane crash and deadliest DC-10 aircraft air disaster
#3 Kazakhstan Airlines – Flight 1097 / Saudi Arabian Airlines – Flight 763
On November 12, 1996 a collision between two major airlines resulted in killing all 349 people from both aircraft over the village of Charkhi Dadri. Reports show that the reason for the mid-air collision was lack of English communication skills from Kazakhstan’s end.
#2 Japan Airlines – Flight 123
On August 12, 1985 a domestic flight from Tokyo to Osaka carried massive quantity of passengers due to the peak season. It was recorded that 12 minutes after takeoff, the aircraft had a damaged rear bulkhead which caused to destroy all four hydraulic systems. There was an attempt to return to Tokyo but the pilot had no longer control with the aircraft and crashed in Mount Takamagahara killing all 505 passengers and 15 crew members.
#1 Nine Eleven (9/11)
And yes, who wouldn’t forget? The September 11 attacks that happened in Manhattan, New York. This event happened in 2001 were the Islamic terrorist group al-Qaeda, wherein four airlines bound to California (including American Airlines Flight 11 and United Airlines Flight 175) were successfully hijacked terrorists crashing to the World Trade Center. This event killed an estimate of 1700 and affected the economy of Manhattan area.
As we notice, the main reason of this incidents and fatalities that occurred in our history were rooted from negligence. Well, we should always remember that people who caused the accidents are humans too. And part of our human nature is to unintentionally make mistakes. But we should also be more and extra careful with our mistakes especially if someone else’s lives are at risk.
In this article, we gave time to pay respect for the family and friends of the deceased passengers of the incidents listed above.