List of accidents and incidents involving airliners by location
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This list of accidents and incidents on airliners by location summarizes airline accidents by states location, airline company with flight number, date, and cause.
It is also available grouped
- by year as List of accidents and incidents involving commercial aircraft;
- by airline;
- in alphabetical order.
This list is dynamic and by no means complete!
For alternative, more exhaustive lists, see:
Airlines often seem to be remembered by their worst accidents and incidents. In that sense this list presents a good overview. While all the accidents and incidents in this list are noteworthy, not all involve fatalities.
If the aircraft crashed on land, it will be listed under a continent and a country. If the aircraft crashed on a body of water, it will be listed under that body of water.
- Air Algérie Flight 6289 crashed after takeoff from Tamanrasset, Algeria, on 6 March 2003, killing 102 people aboard. A single passenger survived the crash.
- Air France Flight 8969 was hijacked after takeoff from Algiers and flown to France on 24 December 1994, where the French Gendarmerie stormed the plane and killed the four terrorists. Three passengers also died during the incident.
- N844AA was a Boeing 727 leased to TAAG Angola Airlines that was stolen from Quatro de Fevereiro Airport in Luanda on 25 May 2003. The aircraft disappeared after takeoff, and a mechanic confirmed to be on board has not been heard from since.
- A Trans Service Airlift Lockheed L-188 crashed on 18 December 1995 shortly after takeoff from Jamba Airport, killing 141 passengers and crew. The aircraft had been filled with 40 people beyond specifications. One crewmember and two passengers survived.
- UTA Flight 141 crashed on 25 December 2003 after failing to takeoff from Cotonou Airport. Of 163 people aboard, 151 died.
Canary Islands, Spain
- KLM Flight 4805 and Pan Am Flight 1736 crashed during takeoff from Tenerife in the Canary Islands on 27 March 1977 in what has become known as the Tenerife disaster, the worst aviation disaster in history. The ground collision was caused by a number of factors, including weather conditions, pilot error, and technical limitations. A total of 583 people aboard both aircraft died. Survivors numbered 61 (54 passengers, 7 crew).
- Dan-Air Flight 1008 crashed into a mountain on Tenerife near Los Rodeos due to pilot error on 25 April 1980. All 146 people aboard were killed. The accident was the greatest loss of life on a British-registered aircraft.
- Caledonian Airways Flight 153 crashed into a swamp shortly after takeoff from Douala International Airport on 4 March 1962, killing all 111 aboard. The cause was never determined.
- Kenya Airways Flight 507 crashed shortly after takeoff from Douala International Airport on 5 May 2007, killing all 114 aboard. The cause was Pilot Error.
- Air West Flight 612 was hijacked shortly after takeoff from Khartoum, Sudan, and flown to N'Djamena, Chad on 24 January 2007. There were no casualties, and the hijacker gave himself up upon reaching Chad.
- Kenya Airways Flight 431 crashed shortly after takeoff from Abidjan on 30 January 2000. Ten passengers survived. Of the 169 fatalities, 146 bodies were recovered, and 103 of those bodies were identified.
- Varig Flight 797 crashed into the jungle near Abidjan after engine failure on 3 January 1987. Of 51 on board, 50 people died; a single passenger survived.
Democratic Republic of the Congo
- A L-410 aircraft operated by Free Airlines crashed in a swamp shortly after takeoff from Kamina Airport on 21 June 2007. The plane was overloaded, carrying 21 passengers and crew rather than the 17 maximum specified. One person died, and four others were badly injured.
- An Antonov An-26 operated by Africa One crashed and burned shortly after takeoff from Kinshasa on 4 October 2007. Deaths numbered 51, including 31 on the ground. One, possibly two, passengers survived. The cause of the crash is under investigation.
- In the 1996 Air Africa crash, an Antonov An-32 operated by Air Africa failed to takeoff and overran the runway at N'Dolo Airport and crashed into a crowded street market on 8 January 1996. The aircraft was operating illegally. At least two passengers died, along with an estimated 350 on the ground. An estimated 500 others were injured. Both pilots were charged and convicted of 225 counts of manslaughter and served two-year sentences.
- Hewa Bora Airways Flight 122 crashed into a residential and market area of Goma on 15 April 2008 after its engines failed during takeoff. Three passengers and 37 people on the ground died; 83 passengers and 8 crew survived. Additionally 111 injuries were reported, 40 of whom were passengers.
- Pan Am Flight 93 was hijacked as a part of the Dawson's Field hijackings on 6 September 1970 and flown to Beirut and then to Cairo. The aircraft was blown up by the hijackers seconds after the passengers were deplaned.
- Flash Airlines Flight 604 crashed into the Red Sea shortly after takeoff from Sharm el-Sheikh International Airport on 3 January 2004. All 148 aboard were killed. The findings of the crash investigation are controversial, with accident investigators from the different countries involved not agreeing on the cause.
- Libyan Arab Airlines Flight 114 was shot down by Israeli fighter jets on 21 February 1973 after it entered Israeli airspace and its pilots ignored instructions from the fighter pilots. Deaths were 108 of those aboard; one of the five survivors included the copilot.
- PIA Flight 705 crashed while attempting to land at Cairo International Airport on 20 May 1965 when the pilot descended too quickly. Five passengers survived; the other 119 people aboard died.
- TWA Flight 903 crashed during a forced emergency landing in the desert near Cairo after an engine caught fire and separated from the aircraft mid-flight on 1 September 1950. All 55 aboard were killed.
- Pan Am Flight 151 crashed into a hill in Bong County on 22 June 1951 due to pilot error. All 40 on board are killed.
- Afriqiyah Airways Flight 771 crashed on approach to Tripoli International Airport on 12 May 2010. There was one survivor.
- Korean Air Flight 803 crashed on approach to Tripoli International Airport on 27 July 1989.
- UTA Flight 772, operated by the French airline Union des Transports Aériens, was destroyed by Libyan terrorists over the Sahara Desert on 19 September 1989. All 156 passengers and 14 crew members died, including the wife of the American ambassador to Chad.
- ADC Airlines Flight 53 crashed into a corn field on 29 October 2006 shortly after take off from Abuja. Deaths numbered 97 people, including one on the ground; nine people survived. The exact cause of the crash is disputed.
- Bellview Airlines Flight 210 crashed shortly after takeoff from Lagos on 22 October 2005, killing all 117 people aboard. The cause of the crash is under investigation, though a lightning strike is considered to be the most likely explanation.
- EAS Airlines Flight 4226 crashed in a residential section of the city of Kano on 4 May 2002 due to pilot error. Deaths included 75 people aboard the aircraft, as well as 73 people on the ground, in the crash and ensuing fire. Five passengers survived with injuries. The crash was the highest death toll in an accident involving a BAC 1-11.
- Sosoliso Airlines Flight 1145 crash landed on the runway at Port Harcourt International Airport on 10 December 2005. Deaths were 108 people on board, including 61 secondary school students, in the impact and fire. Two passengers survived. The cause of the crash is believed to be weather related, though this has not been confirmed by authorities.
- Dana Air Flight 992 crashed into a two-story building at Iju Railway, Ishaga a suburb of Lagos. All 153 people on board the aircraft were killed. Following the crash, all flights by Dana Air were halted by Nigeria's Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA).
- RwandAir Flight 205 crashed into a building after its engine speed's were jammed causing a crash
and an emergency landing was made in Kigali on 12 November 2009, killing one passenger. The accident is currently under investigation.
- South African Airways Flight 406 crashed into the Eastern Cape on 13 March 1967 after the pilot suffered a fatal heart attack while on approach to East London, South Africa. All 25 aboard were killed.
- Sudan Airways Flight 109 crashed, broke apart, and caught fire upon landing at Khartoum on 10 June 2008. The cause of the accident is still under investigation. Thirty people are confirmed dead, and 6 are missing.
- Sudan Airways Flight 139 crashed in Port Sudan on 8 July 2003 killing all 117 aboard. The flight crew was not able to see the runway in the low visibility and crashed when attempting a missed approach.
- Sudan Airways Flight 111 was hijacked on 30 March 2007. The hijacker demanded to be flown to South Africa, but agreed to stop to refuel in Khartoum, where he was arrested.
- 1974 Togo plane crash—a plane carrying several Togolese politicians crashed near Sarakawa. President Gnassingbé Eyadéma was the sole survivor.
- Air Rhodesia Flight RH825 was shot down by ZIPRA guerrillas with a Strela 2 man-portable SAM on 3 September 1978. Eighteen people were killed in the crash and a further ten were killed on the ground by the guerrillas.
- Air Rhodesia Flight RH827 was shot down by ZIPRA guerrillas, again with a Strela 2 missile, with all fifty-nine passengers and crew aboard killed.
- Air New Zealand Flight 901 crashed into the side of Mount Erebus, Antarctica, on 28 November 1979 for various reasons including pilot error, maintenance crew error, and whiteout conditions. All 257 aboard died.
- Kam Air Flight 904 crashed in the Pamir Mountains during a snow storm on 3 February 2005. All 104 people on board were killed, and the cause of the crash remains under investigation and undetermined.
- Pamir Airways Flight 112 crashed in northern Afghanistan on 17 May 2010, killing 43 or 44 people.
- Belavia Flight 1834 crashed during takeoff from Yerevan's Zvartnots International Airport on 14 February 2008 after suffering mechanical failure due to icing. There were no casualties.
- Gulf Air Flight 072 (23 August 2000)—Pilot error and an apparent engine fire caused the plane to come down in the Persian Gulf off the coast of Bahrain.
People's Republic of China
- Air China Flight 129—Crashed into terrain in low visibility.
- China Northern Flight 6136—Fire on board caused loss of control and crashed into the sea.
- China Eastern Flight 5210—Crashed shortly after take off.
- 1990 People's Republic of China airliner collision (Xiamen Airlines Flight 8301, a China Southwest Airlines 707, and a China Southern Airlines 757)—Hijacking of Xiamen Airlines 737, sideswiping of 707, crashing of aircraft into 757.
- China Northwest Airlines Flight 2303—Broke up in mid-air and crashed near Xian. It is the deadliest airplane crash ever to occur in China.
Hong Kong SAR
- China Airlines Flight 605 overran the runway at Kai Tak International Airport on 4 November 1993. The pilot failed to initiate a mandatory missed approach procedure after observing severe airspeed fluctuations. Nobody on board was injured in the incident.
- China Airlines Flight 642 crashed while attempting to land at Hong Kong International Airport on 22 August 1999 during a typhoon. The aircraft flipped and caught fire, killing three on board. Survivors numbered 312.
Guam (United States)
- On 22 May 2010 Air India Express Flight 812 (a Boeing 737-800) flying on the Dubai-Mangalore route overshot the runway 24 on landing at Mangalore International Airport killing 158 passengers on board.
- Air India Flight 403 crashed on 21 June 1982 at Sahar International Airport in Bombay due to heavy weather. Two crew members and 15 passengers died; 94 survived.
- Air India Flight 855 crashed off the coast of Bandra, Bombay, (now Mumbai) on 1 January 1978 when the captain became spatially disoriented after the failure of one of the flight instruments in the cockpit. All 213 aboard were killed.
- Alitalia Flight 771 crashed into a hill northeast of Mumbai while on approach on 7 July 1962. The accident was attributed to navigation error. All 94 aboard were killed.
- Alliance Air Flight 7412 crashed in a residential estate of Patna on 17 July 2000 after the pilot lost control of the aircraft and stalled. Deaths included 55 people aboard, along with 5 on the ground.
- In the 1996 Charkhi Dadri mid-air collision, Saudi Arabian Airlines Flight 763 collided in mid-air with Kazakhstan Airlines Flight 1907 on 12 November 1996. The cause was determined to be pilot error by the Kazakhstan Airlines pilot. All 349 people on board both flights were killed, making it the deadliest mid-air collision in history.
- Indian Airlines Flight 113 crashed on its final approach to Ahmedabad airport due to pilot error on 19 October 1988. Deaths were 130.
- Indian Airlines Flight 257 crashed on descent into Imphal due to pilot error on 16 August 1991, killing all 69 occupants.
- Indian Airlines Flight 427 was hijacked by a single individual on 24 April 1993. The hijacker demanded passage to Afghanistan, but was denied overflight permission by Pakistani authorities and the pilot diverted to Amritsar. The hijacker was killed after security forces stormed the aircraft.
- Indian Airlines Flight 491 crashed into a truck at the end of the runway while taking off from Aurangabad, Maharashtra on 26 April 1993. The cause was both pilot error and the failure of the aviation administration to control highway traffic. Deaths were 55.
- Indian Airlines Flight 605 crashed on its final approach to Bangalore airport on 14 February 1990, killing 92 people. The cause was pilot error.
- Indian Airlines Flight 814 was hijacked by suspected Pakistani extremists on 24 December 1999 while in Indian airspace. The aircraft was flown to Kandahar, Afghanistan. One passenger was killed by the hijackers; the other 192 aboard survived.
- Garuda Indonesia Domestic Flight—1979—Hit a volcano on approach to Medan Airport.
- Garuda Indonesia Domestic Flight—1982—Runway overrun at Tanjung Karang-Branti Airport in bad weather.
- Silkair Flight 185—1997—Crashed into the Musi River near Palembang, Sumatra.
- Garuda Indonesia Flight 152—1997—Crashed 25 km south of Medan killing 234 passengers and crew in 1997
- Mandala Airlines Flight 091—2005—Crashed into a neighborhood shortly after takeoff from Medan, Sumatra.
- Adam Air Flight 574—1 January 2007—Crashed in Makassar Strait killing 102 passengers and crew in 2007.
- Adam Air Flight 172— 21 February 2007.
- Garuda Indonesia Flight 200—7 March 2007.
- 21 January 1980—Iran Air Boeing 727-86; near Tehran, Iran. The aircraft hit high ground in a snowstorm during the approach to land. All 8 crew members and 120 passengers were killed.
- 3 July 1988—Iran Air Flight 655, an Iranian passenger jet carrying 290 passengers, is shot down over the Persian Gulf by the United States Navy guided missile cruiser USS Vincennes killing all aboard including 66 children.
- 9 January 2011—Flight 277; near Urmia Airport, Iran. The aircraft impacted terrain during go-around due to bad weather. Of 105 aboard, 77 were killed.
- All Nippon Airways Flight 60 crashed into Tokyo Bay while on approach to land at Tokyo International Airport on 4 February 1966 killing 133 people in the deadliest single-plane incident until 1971. The cause of the crash is undetermined.
- All Nippon Airways Flight 61—Hijacked and taken back over Tokyo, Japan.
- BOAC Flight 911—In flight structural failure due to clear-air turbulence near Mount Fuji, Japan.
- Canadian Pacific Airlines Flight 402—Crashed on landing at Tokyo International Airport in fog.
- Japan Airlines Flight 123—Crashed into Mount Osutaka, Japan.
- Japan Airlines Flight 907 and Japan Airlines Flight 958—Nearly collided near Yaizu, Japan.
- China Airlines Flight 120—Caught fire and exploded on Naha Airport, Okinawa, Japan.
- Malaysia Airlines Flight 653—Hijacked en route from Penang to Kuala Lumpur.
- 1976 Sabah plane crash (Double Six Tragedy)—Private flight crashed killing state ministers aboard.
- Japan Airlines Flight 715—Crashed near Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport killing 34 out of 77.
- Thai Airways International Flight 311—Crashed north of Kathmandu, 111 killed.
- Pakistan International Airlines Flight 268—Crashed near Kathmandu, 167 killed.
- Pan Am Flight 73—Hijacked in Karachi, Pakistan.
- PIA Flight 688—Crashed after takeoff.
- AirBlue Flight 202—Crashed while attempting to go around Benazir Bhutto International Airport, Islamabad.
- Bhoja Flight 213—Crashed while attempting to go around Benazir Bhutto International Airport, Islamabad.
- Philippine Airlines Flight 206—Crashed due to bad weather in Mount Ugu, Benguet.
- Cebu Pacific Flight 387—Crashed on the slopes of Mount Sumagaya.
- Air Philippines Flight 541—Crashed due to Air traffic controller error in Samal, Davao del Norte.
- Royal Jordanian Flight 600—14 March 1979—crashed on landing at Doha International Airport due to wind shear killing 45 passengers.
- Middle East Airlines Flight 438—Disintegrated in flight from an explosive detonation.
- Iraqi Airways Flight 163—Hijacked on the way from Baghdad to Amman, later crashed after a grenade exploded.
- Saudia Flight 163—Caught fire as it took off on a flight from Riyadh to Jeddah.
- Nigeria Airways Flight 2120 (Jeddah, 1991)—Caught fire on take off due to underinflated tire.
- Icelandic Airlines Icelandic Airlines Flight LL 001, a Douglas DC-8 on a charter flight, crashed into a coconut plantation while on approach to Katunayake, Sri Lanka for a refueling stop. 78 survived, but 184 were killed. (15 November 1978).
Republic of China (Taiwan)
- China Airlines Flight 611—Broke up while flying near the Penghu Islands, the result of an improper repair of a tailstrike which happened 22 years before the crash.
- China Airlines Flight 676—Crashed into a road upon approach to the airport, killing all passengers and crew of the aircraft and 6 persons on the ground.
- Singapore Airlines Flight 006—Crashed upon takeoff at Chiang Kai-shek International Airport near Taipei, Taiwan.
- Lauda Air Flight 004—26 May 1991—Crashed into a jungle near Suphan Buri and Ban Nong Rong after an in-flight breakup.
- Thai Airways Flight 261—11 December 1998—Stalled and crashed into a paddy field on approach to Surat Thani Airport amid heavy rains and poor visibility.
- One-Two-GO Airlines Flight 269—16 September 2007—Crashed landed in wind shear and strong winds at Phuket International Airport.
- Bangkok Airways Flight 266—4 August 2009—Overran the runway on landing and crashed into a disused control tower at Koh Samui Airport.
United Arab Emirates
South China Sea
- Qantas Flight 30—25 July 2008, Mid-air decompression after departure from Hong Kong, landed safely in Manila; no injuries.
- Air Vietnam Flight 706—Hijacked, then crashed after a missed approach at Phan Rang.
- Indian Airlines Flight 814—Hijacked on the way to India, and flown to India, Pakistan, the UAE, and Afghanistan before the passengers were released; 1 passenger was killed by the hijackers.
Central America and the Caribbean
- Dominicana DC-9 air disaster The Dominicana de Aviación Santo Domingo DC-9 air disaster occurred on February 15, 1970 when a Dominicana de Aviación (Dominican Airlines) McDonnell Douglas DC-9-32 twin-engine jet airliner crashed on takeoff from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic en route to San Juan, Puerto Rico.
- Birgenair Flight 301 was a flight chartered by Turkish-managed Birgenair partner Alas Nacionales ("National Wings") from Puerto Plata in the Dominican Republic to Frankfurt, Germany via Gander, Canada and Berlin, Germany. On 6 February 1996, the Boeing 757-225 operating the route crashed shortly after take-off from Puerto Plata's Gregorio Luperón International Airport.
- FlyMontserrat Flight 107-Crashed after takeoff from V. C. Bird International Airport. Antigua and Barbuda, killing 3.
- An Imperial Airways Argosy crashed on 28 March 1933 near Dixmude following an onboard fire suspected to be the first case of aerial sabotage. All 12 passengers and 3 crew were killed.
- Sabena OO-AUB crashed on 16 November 1937 while attempting to land in bad weather near Ostend. All 11 aboard were killed.
- Sabena Flight 548 crashed due to mechanical failure while attempting to land in Brussels on 15 February 1961. All 72 passengers and crew were killed, along with a single ground casualty.
- A Balkan Bulgarian Airlines Tupolev Tu-134 crashed near the village of Gabare. All 73 on people on board died.
- A Balkan Bulgarian Airlines Tupolev Tu-134 crashed on approach to Sofia Airport. All 50 people on board died.
- British Airways flight 476 collided with Inex-Adria Aviopromet flight 550 in mid-air near Zagreb, killing 176 people on board.
- Douglas Dakota, PH-TCR of KLM crashed on 26 January 1947 after takeoff from Kastrup airport in Copenhagen, killing all 22 on board, including Prince Gustaf Adolf of Sweden.
- Partnair Flight 394, structural failure in tail section, crashed into sea near Hirtshals.
- Air France Flight 4590—Concorde that crashed in Gonesse, France.
- Air France Flight 8969—Hijacked after takeoff from Algiers and taken back in France.
- Air France Flight 296—first Airbus 320 crash.
- Derby Aviation C47—crashed into Canigou mountainside en route to Perpignan, killing all 34 aboard.
- Turkish Airlines Flight 981—Crashed in Ermenonville, France (Ermenonville air disaster), 3 March 1974.
- Varig Flight 820—Crashed near Orly, France after a lavatory fire.
- Air France Flight F-BHSM—Boeing 707 crashed on takeoff from Orly.
- Air Inter Flight 148—Airbus 320 crashed near Mont Sainte-Odile while circling to land at Strasbourg.
- Curtiss Reid Flying Services Tailnumber CF-EDN—Crashed while en route to Paris; see 1950 Tête de l'Obiou C-54 crash.
- British European Flight 609, crashed in Munich, West Germany (Munich air disaster).
- Bashkirian Airlines Flight 2937, collided in mid-air with DHL Flight 611.
- Pan Am Flight 708 crashed near Berlin, Germany, killing all three people on board.
- TWA Flight 840—Bombed on the way to Athens, Greece, sucking out 4 on board—the plane landed safely.
- Helios Airways Flight 522—destroyed near Kalamos on way to Athens, with a manifest of 121.
- Aer Lingus Flight 712—Crashed into the sea off County Wexford in 1968, cause unknown.
- KLM Flight 633—Ditched after takeoff from Shannon Airport on 5 September 1954.
- Air India Flight 182—Bomb exploded 120 miles off the South West coast of Cork, on 23 June 1985.
- Manx2 Flight 7100—Crash at Cork Airport on 10 February 2011 following a flight from Belfast.
- 1919 Verona Caproni Ca.48 crash—Caproni Ca.48 crashed at Verona, Italy (2 August 1919), killing all on board (14, 15, or 17 people).
- Aerolinee Itavia Flight 870—Crashed off Ustica Island (27 June 1980), Italy (Ustica Disaster).
- Banat Air Flight 166—Crashed after takeoff near Verona, Italy (on 13 December 1995).
- Scandinavian Airlines Flight 686—Crashed upon takeoff (on 8 October 2001), in Milan, Italy (Linate Airport disaster).
- NLM CityHopper Flight 431 Inflight Break-up.
- KLM Cityhopper Flight 433 Pilot error.
- Bijlmer Disaster: El Al Flight 1862 crashed into 2 apartment buildings in Amsterdam. A total of 43 people were killed, including the plane's crew of three, a non-revenue passenger, and 39 people on the ground.
- Turkish Airlines Flight 1951 Boeing 737-800 flying from Atatürk Airport in Istanbul to Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam crashed in a field during final approach. Of the 127 passengers and 7 crew on board 9 were killed, 85 were injured along with 26 severely.
- Bukken Bruse disaster, a flying boat crashed upon landing in Trondheim, Norway. Nineteen were killed; Bertrand Russell was among the 24 survivors.
- Braathens Flight 239, crashed in Asker upon landing at Fornebu airport, Oslo, Norway, killing 40 of 45 people on board. The aircraft was four nmi off course in bad weather conditions.
- Widerøe Flight 933, crashed into the Barents Sea near Mehamn, killing all 15 on board. This incident remains highly controversial in Norway.
- Torghatten accident, crashe in heavy fog, killing all 36 passengers in the worst-ever Dash 7 accident.
- Atlantic Airways Flight 670, a BAe 146, slides off the runway at Stord, Norway, killing four of the 16 people on board.
- Vaeroy accident, a Twin Otter crashed in the sea outside Værøy, killing all 5 persons on board.
- Vnukovo Airlines Flight 2801, a Tupolev Tu-154 crashed into a mountain on Svalbard killing all 141 people on board. Deadliest aviation accident ever in Norway.
- LOT Polish Airlines Flight 165, crashed into a mountain near Zawoja.
- LOT Polish Airlines Flight 007, crashed near Okęcie Airport in Warsaw.
- LOT Polish Airlines Flight 5055, crashed in Kabacki Forest (Warsaw).
- Lufthansa Flight 2904, crashed during landing on Okęcie Airport in Warsaw.
- LOT Polish Airlines Flight 16, a Boeing 767, crash lands after landing gear failed to deploy at Warsaw Frederic Chopin Airport.
- Air Transat Flight 236 ran out of fuel over the Atlantic Ocean and glided successfully to the Azores.
- Independent Air Flight 1851 crashed 8 February 1989 on approach to Santa Maria Airport in the Azores, due to pilot and air traffic control errors. All 144 on board died.
- Martinair Flight 495 crashed on landing at Faro Airport 21 December 1992 after flying through two microbursts. 56 people on board were killed.
- TAP Portugal Flight 425 overran the runway at Madeira Airport on 19 November 1977, killing 131 people on board.
- TAROM Flight 371—Crashed near Baloteşti (on 31 March 1995) due to mechanical failure followed by pilot error.
- TAROM Flight 3107—Veered off runway in Otopeni (on 30 December 2007) after hitting a maintenance vehicle during takeoff run due to poor weather conditions.
- Aeroflot Flight 411 crashed on takeoff from Sheremetyevo Airport (on 6 July 1982).
- Aeroflot Flight 593 crashed into a hillside in Siberia (23 March 1994).
- Siberia Airlines Flight 1047 crashed near Rostov on Don (24 August 2004, terror).
- Volga-AviaExpress Flight 1303 crashed in Tula Oblast (24 August 2004, terror).
- Armavia Flight 967 crashed during approach to Sochi airport (3 May 2006)
- S7 Airlines Flight 778 crashed in Irkutsk (9 July 2006).
- Aeroflot Flight 821 crashed on approach to Perm Airport en route from Moscow (on 14 September 2008). All 88 people on board were killed.
- Tupolev Tu-154 crashed in Smolensk on 10 April 2010, killing President of Poland Lech Kaczyński and all people aboard.
- Ilyushin IL-18B of the Bulgarian carrier TABSO crashed near Bratislava on 24 November 1966.
- Ilyushin IL-18L of Czechoslovak Airlines crashed shortly before landing in Bratislava on 28 July 1976.
- Spantax Flight 995 a DC-10-30CF was destroyed by fire after an aborted takeoff at Málaga, 13 September 1982.
- Avianca Flight 011, registered HK-2910, crashed into a mountain scheduled to land in Madrid Barajas International Airport, 27 November 1983.
- Britannia Airways Flight 226A, crashed on landing at Girona-Costa Brava Airport, 14 September 1999.
- Spanair Flight JK 5022, Crashed on takeoff at Madrid Barajas International Airport, 20 August 2008.
- SAS Flight 751, "The Gottröra accident", 27 December 1991.
- Turkish Airlines Flight 452, a Boeing 727-2F2, flew into the slope of a hill at Karatepe in Isparta on September 19, 1976 killing 154 people.
- Turkish Airlines Flight 158, a Boeing 737-4Q8, crashed during its final approach to land at Ankara Esenboğa Airport in driving snow 16 January 1983.
- Turkish Airlines Flight 278, a Boeing 737-4Y0, crashed during its final approach to land at Van Ferit Melen Airport in driving snow, 29 December 1994.
- Turkish Airlines Flight 5904, a Boeing 737-4Q8, crashed in Ceyhan 8 minutes after takeoff from Adana Şakirpaşa Airport, 7 April 1999.
- Turkish Airlines Flight 634, an Avro RJ100, crashed on its final approach during landing at Diyarbakır Airport, 8 January 2003.
- Atlasjet Flight 4203, a McDonnell Douglas MD-83, crashed on a hill during descent to Isparta Süleyman Demirel Airport, 30 November 2007.
- Olympic Airways Flight 417: Dr. Abid Hanson, a passenger on Olympic Airways Flight 417 from Cairo to Athens to New York City, who had a history of sensitivity to secondhand smoke requested a non-smoking seat prior. When the family boarded the aircraft in Athens, the people found that the assigned seats were three rows ahead of the economy class smoking area; there was no partition between the smoking and non-smoking section. The family requested a seat further away from the smoking section. The crew did not move the passenger to any of the 11 other unoccupied seats on the aircraft. The passenger felt a reaction to the smoke and died several hours later. The case resulted in the Olympic Airways v. Husain case.
The following accidents and incidents occurred in international waters; that is, more than 12 nautical miles (22 km; 14 mi) off the coast of any territory.
- Air France Flight 447—Crashed into the Atlantic Ocean during a tropical storm (under investigation).
- Air France Flight 1611—crashed into the Mediterranean sea off Nice.
- Air India Flight 182—was bombed over the Atlantic Ocean west of Ireland.
- American Airlines Flight 63—Attempted bombing over Atlantic Ocean, terrorist was restrained and sedated.
- American Airlines Flight 331—crashed in Kingston, Jamaica, at the Norman Manley International Airport after overshooting a runway; all 154 passengers and crew survived, with 40 mainly minor injuries.
- Birgenair Flight 301—crashed in the Caribbean Sea, near the Dominican Republic; all 189 passengers and crew killed.
- BOAC Flight 777 was shot down by Nazi fighter planes in the Bay of Biscay on 1 June 1943. All 17 aboard died, including actor Leslie Howard.
- Cubana Flight 455—bombed, then crashed off Barbados into the Caribbean Sea.
- Dominicana DC-9 air disaster—crashed into the Caribbean Sea shortly after takeoff.
- Egyptair Flight 990—Crashed off the Atlantic coast of Nantucket.
- Globe Air charter flight crashed in bad weather into the Mediterranean Sea near Nicosia Airport, 20 April 1967.
- Kenya Airways Flight 431—Crashed into the Atlantic shortly after takeoff from Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, killing 169.
- KLM Flight 607-E crashed 180 kilometres (110 mi) west of Shannon, Ireland, on 14 August 1958. The most likely cause was catastrophic mechanical failure, though the cause is officially undetermined. All 99 aboard died.
- LAV Flight 253 Crashed of the coast of Asbury Park, New Jersey, on June 20, 1956. All 74 aboard died.
- Swissair Flight 111—Crashed off the Atlantic coast of Nova Scotia.
- Siberia Airlines Flight 1812— mid-air destruction of unknown cause over the Black Sea on 4 October 2001.
- Transair Georgian Airline Crash (21 September)—Shot down into the Black Sea by a missile upon landing.
- TWA Flight 800—Crashed off the Atlantic coast of East Moriches, New York.
- Vieques Air Link Flight 901A, crashed into the Atlantic Ocean, off Vieques, Puerto Rico, with 8 deaths.
- Ethiopian Airlines Flight 961 was hijacked on 23 November 1996 en route from Addis Ababa to Nairobi by three Ethiopians seeking political asylum. The plane crash-landed in the Indian Ocean near Comoros after running out of fuel, killing 125 of the 175 passengers and crew on board.
- Iran Air Flight 655 was a civilian airliner shot down by the United States Navy on Sunday 3 July 1988 over the Strait of Hormuz (Indian Ocean). All 290 on board were killed.
- Korean Air Flight 858 was destroyed by a bomb planted by North Korean agents on 29 November 1987. All 115 on board died.
- South African Airways Flight 295 crashed into the Indian Ocean in international waters off the coast of Mauritius on 28 November 1987 after a catastrophic in-flight fire. The cause of the fire was never determined. All 159 aboard were killed.
- Yemenia Flight 626 crashed into the Indian Ocean off the Northern coast of Comoros on 30 June 2009. Of 153 aboard, 152 died; a 12-year-old passenger was found alive. The crash is currently under investigation.
- AeroPeru Flight 603—Off the coast of Peru.
- Alaska Airlines Flight 261—Off the coast of Oxnard, California.
- China Airlines Flight 006—Plunged 30,000 feet while 350 miles northwest of San Francisco.
- Flying Tigers Line Flight 739—mid-ocean.
- Korean Air Flight 007—Shot down over the Sea of Okhotsk in Soviet airspace.
- Philippine Airlines Flight 434—bomb exploded on board over Minami Daito Island in the Philippine Sea, near Okinawa, Japan.
- ANA DC-2 crashed into Mount Dandenong, Victoria, 25 October 1938.
- ANA Stinson Tokana crashed near Redesdale, Victoria, 31 January 1945
- ANA DC-3 crashed at Seven-Mile Beach, Tasmania, 10 March 1946.
- ANA DC-3 crashed in New South Wales, 2 September 1948.
- Queensland Airlines Lockheed Lodestar crashed at Coolangatta, Queensland, 10 March 1949.
- MacRobertson Miller Aviation's DC-3 Fitzroy crashed immediately after takeoff from Perth on 2 July 1949.
- ANA DC-4 crashed after departure Perth, Western Australia, 26 June 1950.
- TAA Fokker Friendship crashed into the sea while preparing to land at Mackay, Queensland, 10 June 1960.
- Ansett-ANA Flight 325, a Vickers Viscount crashed into Botany Bay, New South Wales, 30 November 1961.
- Ansett-ANA Flight 149, a Vickers Viscount crashed while preparing to make an emergency landing at Winton, Queensland, 22 September 1966.
- MacRobertson Miller Airlines Flight 1750, a Vickers Viscount crashed near Port Hedland, Western Australia, on 31 December 1968.
- Beech Super King Air crashed after take-off from Sydney Airport on 21 February 1980.
- Beech Super King Air departed Perth and crashed in Queensland in September 2000, killing all eight on board.
- New Zealand National Airways Corporation Flight 441 crashed in the Kaimai Ranges on 3 July 1963, killing all 23 people were on board.
- Ansett New Zealand Flight 703 crashed during approach to Palmerston North, on 5 June 1995, killing 4 of 21 people on board.
- Eagle Airways Flight 2279 was hijacked on 8 February 2008 on a flight from Blenheim to Christchurch.
- Also Air New Zealand Flight 901, which collided with Mount Erebus on Ross Island, Antarctica, on 28 November 1979, killing all 257 people on board is considered New Zealand's worst aviation crash.
- Air Canada Flight 143, commonly known as the Gimli Glider, ran out of fuel over northern Canada due to a maintenance error, and had to glide to a landing at a former airbase at Gimli, Manitoba on 23 July 1983.
- Air Canada Flight 189 it crashed on takeoff in Toronto on 26 June 1978 due to pilot error and mechanical failure. Two passengers were killed.
- Air Canada Flight 621 crashed due to pilot error on 5 July 1970 while attempting to land at Toronto. All 109 people on board were killed.
- Air France Flight 358 burst into flames after overshooting the runway at Toronto Pearson International Airport on 2 August 2005. There were no casualties.
- Air Ontario Flight 1363 crashed soon after takeoff on 10 March 1989 due to icing. Of 65 people on board, 24 were killed.
- Arrow Air Flight 1285 crashed shortly after takeoff on 12 December 1985 due to icing. All 256 aboard died.
- Canadian Pacific Airlines Flight 21 crashed near 100 Mile House, British Columbia, after an in-flight explosion on 8 July 1965. All 52 aboard were killed.
- Pacific Western Airlines Flight 314 crashed after thrust reversers did not fully stow following a rejected landing that was executed in order to avoid a snowplow on 11 February 1978. The crash killed four of the crew members and 38 of the 44 passengers.
- Pacific Western Airlines Flight 501 burst into flames upon takeoff from Calgary International Airport on 22 March 1984 due to mechanical failure. No one was killed.
- Trans-Canada Air Lines Flight 831 crashed near Ste-Thérèse-de-Blainville, Quebec, on 29 November 1963 for reasons unknown. All 118 aboard died.
- LAPA Flight 3142—Crashed at Aeroparque Jorge Newbery, Buenos Aires.
- Sol Líneas Aéreas Flight 5428—Crashed at Prahuaniyeu, Río Negro.
- Vasp Flight 168—Crashed into the Aratanha mountains in Ceará, northeast Brazil.
- Varig Flight 254—Crashed into a jungle near Sao Jose do Xingu into the Cachimbo mountains, central-west Brazil.
- Transbrasil Flight 303—Crashed into a hill during instrumental approach to Florianópolis, Brazil.
- Tam Flight 402—Crashed near the airport of Congonhas in São Paulo, southeast Brazil, during the takeoff.
- Gol Flight 1907—Crashed into a jungle near Sao Jose do Xingu into the Cachimbo mountains, central-west Brazil after a collision.
- TAM Flight 3054—Crashed near the airport of Congonhas in São Paulo, southeast Brazil, during the landing.
- British South American Airways Avro Lancastrian Star Dust G-AGWH crashed in the Andes (the "STENDEC" incident).
- American Airlines Flight 965—Crashed into a mountain in Colombia.
- Avianca Flight 410—Crashed in Santander, Colombia.
- Aerolíneas Argentinas Flight 386 had in-flight meals loaded in Lima, Peru, and the aircraft landed in Los Angeles, California. The fish was contaminated with cholera, and several passengers later developed food poisoning. An elderly man died of the disease.
- TANS Peru Flight 204, a Boeing 737-200 passenger plane which crashed during a storm in the Peruvian jungle, killing at least 40 people of the approximately 100 on board.
- LANSA Flight 508 on a flight from Lima to Pucallpa, Peru, broke apart in midair after being set aflame by lightning. It crashed in the Amazon rainforest. Deaths numbered 91 people; the sole survivor was Juliane Koepcke, a 17-year-old girl who survived a fall from 2 miles and 10-day walk through the jungle before being found by hunters. Her mother, famous ornithologist Maria Koepcke, died; director Werner Herzog had narrowly missed being on the same flight.
- West Caribbean Airways Flight 708 in western Venezuela; 160 killed, no survivors.
- 11 March 1983 Avensa Douglas DC-9 crash, 23 killed.
- Cubana de Aviación Flight 310: Russian-built Yak-42 crashed near Valencia, Venezuela, and killed 22. The crash took the number of Cubana disasters from 1970 to 2000 to eight; one of them (see above) was the result of sabotage.
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