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Years 1950 - 1959
Title Description Date
de Havilland DH-106 Comet 1

The de Havilland Comet 1 Aircraft experienced a series of inflight breakups before it was discovered that the fuselage fatigue life was far shorter than testing had revealed.

British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC) Flight 783, de ...more

May 2, 1953, January 10, 1954, April 8, 1954
TWA Lockheed Constellation and UAL DC-7 collision over Grand Canyon, AZ

On the morning of June 30, 1956, TWA Flight 2, a Lockheed Super Constellation, collided with United Air Lines Flight 718, a Douglas DC-7, over the Grand Canyon. Both aircraft fell into the canyon. There were no survivors among the 128 persons ab ...more

June 30, 1956
Braniff L-188 (Electra) in Texas
Northwest L-188 (Electra) in Indiana

On September 29, 1959, Braniff Airways Flight 542, a Lockheed Model L-188A (Electra) airplane, experienced left wing airborne disintegration near Buffalo, Texas. The flight was scheduled between Houston, TX and New York International Airport, with ...more

September 29, 1959; March 17, 1960
Years 1960 - 1969
Title Description Date
Capital Airlines Flight 20 at Charles City, Virginia

Capital Airlines Flight 20 was a regularly scheduled passenger flight from Chicago Midway Airport to Norfolk, Virginia. A stopover was made at Washington National Airport. During the stopover at National Airport, N7462 was substituted for the orig ...more

January 18, 1960
Eastern Airlines 375 at Boston

On October 4, 1960 at 1740 Eastern Daylight Time, an Eastern Airlines Lockheed Electra L-188, N5533, crashed following takeoff from runway 09 at Logan International Airport in Boston Massachusetts. Immediately after takeoff, the airplane struck a ...more

October 4, 1960
Midair collision of UAL DC-8 and TWA Constellation over Staten Island, NY

On the morning of December 16, 1960, United Airlines Flight 826, a Douglas DC-8, collided with Trans World Airlines Flight 266, a Lockheed L1049 Super Constellation. The TWA aircraft crashed at Miller Airfield on Staten Island. The United DC-8, ...more

December 16, 1960
United Viscount 745D in Maryland

United Airlines Flight 297, a Vickers-Armstrongs Model Viscount 745D airplane, was en route between Newark, NJ and Washington, D.C., at an assigned altitude of 6,000 feet when it struck at least two whistling swans, one on the left horizontal stab ...more

November 23, 1962
Northwest Airlines B720B Flight 705 near Miami

Northwest Airlines Flight 705 was a regularly scheduled passenger flight from Miami to Portland, Oregon, with intermediate stops at Chicago, Illinois and Spokane and Seattle, Washington. The flight departed Miami International Airport into areas o ...more

February 12, 1963
Pan Am Flight 214 at Elkton, Maryland

Pan American, N709PA, a Boeing 707-121, operating as Flight 214, departed Baltimore, Maryland, for Philadelphia, Pennsylvania at 8:24 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) on December 8, 1963. The aircraft with 73 passengers and a crew of eight was on ...more

December 8, 1963
United 727 at Salt Lake City

United Airlines Flight 227, a Boeing 727, crashed during an attempted landing at Salt Lake City Airport. The captain failed to recognize and arrest an excessive sink rate on final approach, resulting in a touchdown 335 feet short of the runway. Th ...more

November 11, 1965
Mohawk Airlines, Inc. Flight 40 near Blossburg, Pennsylvania

On June 23, 1967, Mohawk Airlines Flight 40, a British Aircraft Corporation BAC 1-11, crashed approximately one mile east of the town of Blossburg, Pennsylvania. The aircraft was destroyed by impact and fire. All 30 passengers and four crewmembers ...more

June 23, 1967
United 727 near Los Angeles

On January 18, 1969, United Airlines Flight 266, a Boeing Model 727-22C series airplane, crashed into Santa Monica Bay shortly after takeoff from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). The takeoff occurred at night in light rain and fog. The a ...more

January 18, 1969
Years 1970 - 1979
Title Description Date
Eastern L-1011 in Florida

Eastern Airlines Flight 401 crashed into the Florida Everglades while on approach to Miami International Airport. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) determined that the crash was the result of an inadvertent autopilot disconnection t ...more

December 29, 1972
National Airlines DC-10 at Albuquerque

On November 3, 1973, while National Airlines DC-10 Flight 27, from Miami to San Francisco, was cruising at 39,000 feet, the number 3 engine fan assembly completely disintegrated. The number 3 inlet and fan case separated simultaneously with fan bl ...more

November 3, 1973
Turk Hava DC-10 in Paris

Turk Hava, Flight TK981, a McDonnell-Douglas DC 10-10, departed Orly Airport in Paris, France for London's Heathrow Airport. Approximately 10 minutes after takeoff, Flight TK981's radar signature was seen to split into two, with one part remaining ...more

March 3, 1974
TWA Flight 514 B727 at Mt Weather, Virginia

While on descent for landing at Dulles International Airport in Washington, D.C., TWA Flight 514, a Boeing 727-231, impacted terrain about 25 miles from the airport. All 85 passengers and seven crew members were killed, and the aircraft was destr ...more

December 1, 1974
Eastern Airlines B727 Flight 66 near JFK Int'l Airport

On June 24, 1975, at 1605 Eastern Daylight Time (EDT), Eastern Airlines Flight 66, a Boeing 727, approaching to land at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport runway 22L, encountered adverse winds and heavy rain associated with a very st ...more

June 24,1975
ONA Flight 032 at JFK

At approximately 1310 Eastern Standard Time on November 12, 1975, Overseas National Airways (ONA) Flight 032, a McDonnell Douglas Model DC-10-30 airplane, crashed while attempting to take off from John F. Kennedy (JFK) International Airport, New Y ...more

November 12, 1975
American Airlines B727 Flight 625 at St. Thomas, Virgin Islands

At 1510 local time, American Airlines Flight 625, a Boeing Model 727-95, was landing at Harry S. Truman Airport on St. Thomas Island of the U.S. Virgin Islands. During the landing, the airplane floated and touched down long, well outside the requi ...more

April 27, 1976
KLM Flight 4805 collision with Pan Am Flight 1736 at Tenerife

Both aircraft - KLM Flight 4805, a Boeing 747-206B, Reg. No. PH-BUF; and Pan American (Pan Am) Flight 1736, a Boeing 747-121, Reg. No. N736PA, - had been diverted to Los Rodeos Airport on the Spanish island of Tenerife in the Canary Islands due to ...more

March 27, 1977
Southern Airways Flight 242 at New Hope, Georgia

At approximately 4:19 PM Eastern Standard Time, on April 4, 1977 a Southern Airways DC-9 airplane, Flight 242, entered a severe thunderstorm at an altitude of between 14,000 and 17,000 feet near Rome, Georgia en route from Huntsville, Alabama to A ...more

April 4, 1977
Dan-Air B707-300 at Zambia, Africa

On May 14, 1977, a Boeing Model 707-300 series airplane, operated by Dan-Air, Ltd, crashed on approach to landing in Zambia, Africa. The accident occurred in daylight and in good weather. The horizontal stabilizer of the aircraft was found 200 ...more

May 14, 1977
Pacific Western Airlines Flight 314 at Cranbrook, BC Canada

A Boeing Model 737-275, powered by two Pratt & Whitney JT8D-9A engines, and operated by Pacific Western Airlines, crashed during landing at Cranbrook, British Columbia, Canada. The accident was determined to be the result of a loss of control dur ...more

February 11, 1978
Continental DC-10 at LAX

At approximately 0925 Pacific Standard Time on March 1, 1978, Continental Airlines Flight 603, a McDonnell Douglas Model DC-10-10 airplane, overran the departure end of Runway 6R at Los Angeles International Airport, California following a rejecte ...more

March 1, 1978
PSA 727, San Diego and Aeromexico DC-9, Los Angeles, Midair Collisions

This module details two accidents that were instrumental in the development and implementation of airborne collision warning systems that have, since their introduction, prevented many midair collisions.

Pacific Southwest Airlines, I ...more

September 25, 1978, August 31, 1986
UAL Flight 173 near Portland

On December 28, 1978 a McDonnell Douglas DC-8-61 turbofan powered airplane operated by United Airlines and registered as N8082U, crashed into a wooded suburban area while on approach to Portland International Airport, Portland, Oregon.

Upon ...more

December 28, 1978
American Airlines DC-10 at Chicago

During takeoff rotation, the left engine and strut assembly separated from the wing, and traveled over the wing, severing hydraulic lines in the associated area of the wing. Damage to the hydraulic lines caused a loss of hydraulic pressure and su ...more

May 25, 1979
Years 1980 - 1989
Title Description Date
Saudi Arabian Airlines L1011 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

On August 19, 1980, Saudi Arabian Airlines Flight 163, L1011 registration number HZ-AHK, took off from the airport at Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Seven minutes after take-off an aural warning indicated smoke in the aft cargo compartment. In response to ...more

August 19, 1980
Air Florida 737 in Washington, D.C.

On January 13, 1982, Air Florida Flight 90, a Boeing Model 737-200 series airplane, crashed shortly after takeoff from Washington National Airport, Washington, D.C. The Boeing Model 737-200 experienced difficulty in climbing immediately following ...more

January 13, 1982
Air Canada DC-9 at Cincinnati International Airport

While cruising at 33000 feet, at approximately 1903 eastern daylight time (EDT), the cabin crew informed the captain of a fire in the aft lavatory. At approximately 1908 the captain contacted Air Traffic Control (ATC) and declared an emergency. ...more

June 2, 1983
Japan Airlines 747 at Gunma Prefecture

Approximately 12 minutes after departing Tokyo bound for Osaka, and just prior to reaching its planned cruising altitude of 24,000 feet, JAL 123 experienced an explosive decompression, caused by a rupture of the airplane's aft pressure bulkhead. ...more

August 12, 1985
British Airtours B737 at Manchester, UK

British Airtours Flight KT28M, a Boeing Model 737-200 series airplane, was taking off from Runway 24 at Manchester International Airport, Manchester, UK, when the left engine experienced an engine failure. The flightcrew aborted the takeoff, and ...more

August 22, 1985
Delta L-1011 at Dallas

On August 2, 1985, a Lockheed L-1011 approaching to land at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport's runway 17L encountered a microburst while attempting to pass through a rain shaft underneath a convective storm cell. The aircraft touched down i ...more

August 2, 1985
Northwest Airlines DC-9 Flight 255 at Detroit, MI

Northwest Airlines, Inc., Flight 255, a McDonnell Douglas DC-9-82, was a regularly scheduled passenger flight en route from the Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport, Romulus, Michigan to Phoenix, Arizona. At approximately 2046 on August 16, 1 ...more

August 16, 1987
South African Airways 747 at Mauritius, Indian Ocean

On November 28, 1987, South African Airways Flight 295 crashed into the Indian Ocean en route from Taipai's Chiang Kai Shek Airport to Mauritius's Plaisance Airport as the result of an uncontrolled fire in the airplane's main deck cargo compartmen ...more

November 28, 1987
Aloha Airlines 737 at Maui

As Aloha Airlines Flight 243 leveled at flight level 240 on an inter-island flight from Hilo to Honolulu, an 18-foot-long section of the upper fuselage suddenly departed the airplane, sweeping a flight attendant overboard. The captain performed a ...more

April 28, 1988
TACA International Airlines 737 near New Orleans

On May 24, 1988, a Boeing Model 737-300, N75356, owned by Polaris Aircraft Leasing Corp. and operated by TACA International Airlines as Flight 110 from San Salvador, El Salvador with a stop in Belize City, Belize, made a forced landing on a levee ...more

May 24. 1988
British Midland B737 Flight 92 at Kegworth

Approximately 13 minutes after takeoff from London's Heathrow Airport, on a flight planned to Belfast, Ireland, the outer portion of a fan blade on the number one engine failed as the airplane was climbing through 28,000 feet. The fan blade failur ...more

January 8, 1989
United Airlines 747 at Honolulu

United Airlines (UAL) Flight 811 experienced an explosive decompression at about 22,000 feet after the forward lobe cargo door suddenly opened in flight. After the door was recovered from the bottom of the ocean, it was discovered that the cargo ...more

February 24, 1989
Air Ontario Fokker 28 at Dryden

Flight 1363, a Fokker 28 airplane operated by Air Ontario, departed Thunder Bay (Ontario) about one hour behind schedule, on a flight to Winnipeg, with an intermediate stop in Dryden.

During the stop in Dryden, heavy snow fell, covering, and ...more

March 10, 1989
United DC-10 at Sioux City

United Airlines (UAL) Flight 232, a McDonnell Douglas DC-10-10, was a scheduled passenger flight from Stapleton International Airport in Denver, Colorado to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, with an en route stop in Chicago, Illinois. On July 19, 1989, ...more

July 19, 1989
Years 1990 - 1999
Title Description Date
Avianca Airlines B707 Flight 52 at Long Island, NY

Avianca Airlines Flight 052, a Boeing 707-321B, was a scheduled international flight from Bogota, Colombia, to John F. Kennedy (JFK) International Airport, New York. Poor weather conditions in the Northeast of the US led to the flight being put in ...more

January 25,1990
Indian Airlines A320 Flight 605 at Bangalore, India

On Feb 14th, 1990, Indian Airlines Flight 605, an Airbus A320-231 (Registration VT-EPN), was operating a scheduled passenger flight from Bombay to Bangalore, India. The Captain in the left seat was flying the aircraft and was undergoing the first ...more

February 14, 1990
USAir Flight 1493 runway collision with Skywest Flight 5569

Skywest Flight 5569, a Fairchild Metroliner SA-227-AC, was positioned on runway 24 left at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), and awaiting clearance for take-off from air traffic control. As the aircraft waited, USAir Flight 1493, a Boeing ...more

February 1, 1991
Atlantic Southeast Airlines EMB-120 Flight 2311 at Brunswick

On April 5, 1991, Atlantic Southeast Airlines, Inc., Flight 2311, an Embraer EMB-120, N270AS, crashed during a landing approach to runway 07 at the Glynco Jetport, Brunswick, Georgia. The flight was a scheduled commuter flight from Atlanta to Bru ...more

April 5, 1991
Lauda 767 near Bangkok, Thailand

A Boeing Model 767-300ER, powered by Pratt and Whitney PW4000 engines and operated by Lauda Air, experienced an uncommanded thrust reverser deployment of the left engine during climb out from Bangkok International Airport in Bangkok, Thailand. The ...more

May 26, 1991
Continental Express EMB-120 at Eagle Lake

Continental Express Flight 2574 broke up in flight during descent. The horizontal stabilizer, or top of the T-type tail, had separated from the fuselage before ground impact. Examination revealed that the 47 screw fasteners that would have attache ...more

September 11, 1991
SAS MD-81 in Sweden

On December 27, 1991, at approximately 8:51am local time, SAS Flight SK 751, a McDonnell Douglas MD-81, OY-KHO, crash landed in an open field shortly after takeoff from Stockholm/Arlanda airport, Sweden. The fuselage broke into three pieces on im ...more

December 27, 1991
Air Inter A320 at Strasbourg

Air Inter Flight 148 was on a scheduled night flight between Lyon and Strasbourg, France. The flight departed Lyon at 1740 local time. The crew originally planned to fly an approach to runway 23 at Strasbourg. However, runway 05 was the active run ...more

January 20, 1992
El Al Flight 1862 at Amsterdam, Netherlands

A Boeing Model 747-200 freighter, powered by four Pratt & Whitney JT9D-7J engines and operated by El Al Israel Airlines, experienced the separation of both engines from the right wing (engines 3 and 4) during climb out from Schiphol Airport, Amste ...more

October 4, 1992
Air France B747 at Tahiti

Air France Flight 072, a flight from Los Angeles, California to Tahiti was assigned the VOR DME approach to runway 22 at Faa'a International Airport. It was night, and the weather conditions were clear. The airplane was on a stabilized approach i ...more

September 13, 1993, 0705 UTC/September 12, 1993, 2105 Local
China Airlines A300 Flight 140 at Nagoya

China Airlines Flight 140 from Taipei, Taiwan to Nagoya, Japan executed takeoff climb and cruise phases of flight uneventfully. While the co-pilot was manually flying the ILS approach to runway 34 at Nagoya, and descending through 1,000 feet, he i ...more

April 26, 1994
USAir 737 in Pennsylvania

USAir Flight 427 crashed while on approach to Pittsburgh International Airport following a loss of control and airplane stall precipitated by an encounter with the wake of a preceding Boeing Model 727 airplane. The National Transportation Safety ...more

September 8, 1994
American Eagle Flight 4184 near Roselawn

On October 31, 1994 at 1559 Central Standard Time, an Avions de Transport Regional, Model 72-212 (ATR-72), registration number N401AM, crashed during descent after uncommanded roll excursions and a loss of control. The aircraft was leased to and o ...more

October 31, 1994
Atlantic Southest Flight 529 at Carrollton, Georgia

Approximately 30 minutes after departing from the Atlanta Hartsfield International Airport, Atlanta, Georgia, an Embraer EMB-120RT airplane, operated as Flight 529 by Atlantic Southeast Airlines Inc., experienced the loss of a blade from the left ...more

August 21, 1995
American Airlines Flight 965 near Cali

On the evening of December 20, 1995 at approximately 2142 Eastern Standard Time (equivalent to Cali, Colombia local time), American Airlines Flight 965 crashed into high terrain during approach to Alfonso Bonilla Aragon International Airport, Cali ...more

December 20, 1995
Birgenair Flight ALW 301 at Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic

At 0342, Birgenair flight ALW-301, a charter flight for Airline Alas Nacionales, a Boeing Model 757-200, took off from Gregario Luperon International Airport, Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic, with a final destination of Frankfurt, Germany. During ...more

February 6, 1996
ValuJet DC-9 in Florida

ValuJet Flight 592 crashed while attempting to return to Miami, Florida after experiencing a loss of control caused by an uncontrolled fire which started in the airplane's forward cargo compartment. The National Transportation Safety Board determ ...more

May 11, 1996
Delta Air Lines MD-88 Flight 1288

On July 6, 1996, at 1424 central daylight time, a McDonnell Douglas MD-88, N927DA, operated by Delta Air Lines Inc. as Flight 1288, experienced an engine failure during the initial part of its takeoff roll on runway 17 at Pensacola Regional Airpor ...more

July 6, 1996
TWA 800 at Atlantic Ocean

On July 17, 1996, at 2031 EDT, a Boeing 747-131, N93119, crashed into the Atlantic Ocean about eight miles south of East Moriches, New York after taking off from John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK). The airplane was being operated on a reg ...more

July 17, 1996
TAM Fokker 100 Flight 402 At Sao Paulo, Brazil

TAM 402 was a regular morning flight from Congonhas Airport in Sao Paulo, Brazil, to Rio de Janeiro. As the engines were accelerated for takeoff the pilots received an alert that the autothrottle had disconnected, a very minor problem that would n ...more

October 31, 1996
Comair EMB-120 near Monroe, MI

On January 9, 1997, an Embraer EMB-120RT, N265CA operated by COMAIR Airlines, Inc. as Flight 3272 from the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, crashed during approach following an uncommanded roll excursion and rapid descent near M ...more

January 9, 1997
Korean Airlines 747 Flight 801

On August 6, 1997, during a non-precision approach to runway 06 left at A. B. Won Guam International Airport, Korean Airlines Flight 801 crashed at Nimitz Hill. Nimitz Hill is approximately three miles southwest of the airport, which is located at ...more

August 6, 1997
Fine Air Flight 101 at Miami, Florida

Fine Airlines Services, Inc., (Fine Air) Flight 101, a McDonnell Douglas DC-8-61 was a cargo flight, scheduled from Miami, Florida to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, on August 7, 1997. During takeoff from runway 27R at Miami International Airp ...more

August 7, 1997
Swissair MD-11 at Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia

Swissair Flight SR 111, a Boeing (formerly McDonnell Douglas) MD-11, departed John F. Kennedy Airport (JFK) in Jamaica, New York, en route to Geneva, Switzerland.

While passing through Canadian airspace, an in-flight fire ensued in the area ...more

September 2, 1998
American Airlines MD-82 Flight 1420 at Little Rock, AR

Shortly before midnight on the evening of June 1, 1999, American Airlines Flight 1420 crashed after the aircraft overran the end of runway 4R during landing at Little Rock National Airport in Little Rock, Arkansas. After departing the end of the ...more

June 1, 1999
Years 2000 - 2009
Title Description Date
Alaska Airlines MD-83 near Anacapa Island

On January 31, 2000, about 1621 Pacific standard time, Alaska Airlines Flight 261, a McDonnell Douglas MD-83, N963AS, crashed into the Pacific Ocean about 2.7 miles north of Anacapa Island, California. All 88 people on board were killed and the ai ...more

January 31, 2000
Air France Flight 4590 at Paris, France

Air France Flight 4590 was a charter flight from Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport, France, to New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport, New York City. There were 100 passengers and nine crewmembers on board. The fully loaded Concorde began ...more

July 25, 2000
Air Transat A330 Flight TSC236 at Terceira Airport, Azores

On August 24, 2001, Air Transat Flight TSC236, an Airbus Model 330-243 aircraft, was on a scheduled flight from Toronto, Canada to Lisbon, Portugal. A fuel leak in the Number 2 (right) engine began three hours 46 minutes into the flight that was ...more

August 24, 2001
American Airlines A300 near JFK

American Airlines 587, an Airbus A300-600, N14053, crashed into a residential area of Belle Harbor, New York shortly after takeoff from Kennedy International Airport. All 260 people on board and five people on the ground died in the crash.

...more

November 12, 2001
China Airlines 747 near Taipei

On May 25, 2002, China Airlines Flight CI611, a Boeing Model 747-200 series airplane, experienced an in-flight breakup over the Taiwan Strait. The most probable cause of the accident was the structural failure of a 22-year-old tailstrike repair l ...more

May 25, 2002
Luxair Flight 9642 at Luxembourg

On November 6, 2002, a Fokker F27 Mk 050 turboprop-powered airplane, owned and operated by Luxair and registered as LX-LGB, departed Berlin as Flight LG 9642/LH 2420 to Luxembourg. Inadequate landing visibility was reported at the destination airp ...more

November 6, 2002
Southwest Flight 1248 at Midway

On December 8, 2005, Southwest Airlines Flight 1248 overran the runway during landing at Chicago Midway International Airport. The airplane rolled through a blast fence, an airport perimeter fence, and onto an adjacent roadway where it collided w ...more

December 8, 2005
Comair CL600 at Lexington

On August 27, 2006, at approximately 6:06 AM local time, Comair Flight 5191, a Bombardier CL-600-2B19, crashed during takeoff from Lexington's Blue Grass Airport (LEX), Lexington, Kentucky. All 47 passengers and two of the three crew members were ...more

August 27, 2006
China Airlines B737 Flight 120 at Okinawa

On August 20, 2007, a Boeing 737-800 operated by China Airlines departed from Taiwan, Taoyuan International Airport on a regularly scheduled flight to Naha Airport, Okinawa, Japan. Following landing and leading edge slat retraction, a failed porti ...more

August 20, 2007
British Airways Flight 38 at Heathrow Airport, London

On January 17, 2008, a British Airways 777-236ER equipped with Rolls Royce RB211 Trent 800 engines, landed short of runway 27L at Heathrow International Airport. The airplane was operating as Flight 38 from Beijing to London with 136 passengers an ...more

January 17, 2008