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Title Description Date
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
Lake Central Convair 580 near Marseilles, Ohio

On March 5, 1967, a Convair 340, operated as Lake Central Airlines, Inc. Flight 527, crashed near Marseilles, Ohio. All 38 persons aboard were killed and the airplane was destroyed. The accident investigation discovered that all four blades of the ...more

March 5, 1967
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.

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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
Midair collision of Bashkirian Airlines TU154 and DHL Boeing 757 over Germany

On July 1, 2002 at 21:35:32 (UTC), a Tupolev TU154M passenger airplane flying as Bashkirian Airlines Flight 2937 from Moscow, Russia to Barcelona, Spain and a Boeing 757-23APF cargo airplane operating as DHL International Flight 611 from Bergamo, ...more

July 1, 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
United Parcel Service Flight 6 at Dubai

On September 3rd, 2010, UPS flight 6, a Boeing 747-44AF, departed Dubai International Airport [DXB] bound for Cologne, Germany [CGN], with a captain and first officer on board. Twenty-one minutes into the flight the crew received an indication of ...more

September 3, 2010
Qantas Flight 32 at Indonesia

On November 04, 2010, Qantas Flight 32, an Airbus 380 operated by Qantas Airways Ltd, departed Changi Airport, Singapore on a scheduled passenger flight to Sydney, Australia. The flight carried 469 passengers and crew. About four minutes after tak ...more

November 4, 2010