At least 121 people were killed Friday when a Bhoja Air Boeing 737-200 crashed in Islamabad, Pakistan, according to officials. Pakistan's Civil Aviation Authority has cited poor weather as a possible factor.
The following is a chronological list of commercial plane crashes with more than 200 fatalities. The list does not include crashes resulting from terrorist or military action.
* March 3, 1974 – 346 people are killed when a Turkish Airlines (DC-10) crashes in Bois d' Ermenonville, France.
* March 27, 1977 – A KLM Royal Dutch Airlines Boeing 747 crashes into a Pan American World Airways Boeing 747 at the Los Rodeos Airport at Tenerife in the Canary Islands, killing 574 people (326 passengers on the Pan American airplane and all 234 passengers plus 14 crew members on the KLM plane). The accident occurs when the KLM airplane begins its takeoff while the Pan American airplane is still on the runway.
* May 25, 1979 – An American Airlines DC-10 crashes after takeoff from Chicago O'Hare International Airport, killing 275 on board and three on the ground. During takeoff, an engine on the left wing falls off; the FAA later faults American Airline maintenance techniques for the crash.
* November 28, 1979 – An Air New Zealand DC -10 crashes into Mt. Erebus in Antarctica, killing 257 people. The crash is believed to be the result of a navigational error.
* August 12, 1985 – The largest number of deaths in a single commercial airplane crash occurs when a Japan Air Lines Boeing 747 crashes into Mt. Ogura in Japan, killing 520 people.
* May 26, 1991 – Twelve minutes after takeoff, Lauda Air Boeing 767 Flight 004, stalls in midair and crashes 70 miles northwest of Bangkok, Thailand. All 223 passengers and crew are killed.
* July 11, 1991 – The landing gear of a Nigerian Airways DC-8 catches on fire shortly after takeoff and upon return to the airport, the plane crashes, killing all 261 people on board.
* April 26, 1994 – A China Airlines Airbus A300 crashes on approach to Nagoya Airport, Japan, killing 264 people. Just before the crash, the pilot informs the control tower that he intends to abort the landing and try another approach.
* July 17, 1996 – A TWA Boeing 747 explodes and crashes off the coast of Long Island, New York, killing 230 people.
* November 12, 1996 – A Saudi Arabian Airlines 747 and a Kazakhstan Airlines II-76 collide at the New Delhi, India airport. All 349 people on both airplanes are killed.
* August 6, 1997 – A Korean Airlines Boeing 747 crashes in the Guam jungle, killing 228 people.
* September 26, 1997 – A Garuda Indonesia Airlines Airbus A300 crashes in Buah Nabar, Indonesia, killing 234 people. A National Transportation Safety Board report from 2000 states an electrical short circuit that ignited vapors in the fuel tank is the most likely cause of the crash.
* February 16, 1998 – Flying through rain and fog, a China Airlines Airbus 676 makes a request for another landing approach at Taipei International Airport in Taiwan. In the process of turning around, the aircraft crashes into a neighborhood, killing all 196 on board and another seven on the ground.
* September 2, 1998 – A Swissair MD-11 crashes off Nova Scotia, Canada, killing 229. Investigators believe the plane lost all electrical power immediately before the crash.
* November 12, 2001 – An American Airlines Airbus A300 crashes in Belle Harbor, Queens, shortly after takeoff from JFK Airport, killing 265 people, including five on the ground. This is the largest number of fatalities from an accident involving a U.S. carrier.
* May 25, 2002 – A China Airlines Boeing 747 crashes into the Taiwan Strait 20 minutes after takeoff, killing all 225 on board. The crash is later attributed to metal fatigue and cracks throughout the aircraft.
* June 1, 2009 – Air France Flight 447 from Rio de Janeiro to Paris carrying 228 passengers and crew is lost over the Atlantic. The first bodies are recovered on June 6, approximately 600 miles off the northern coast of Brazil. The flight data recorder is recovered May 1, 2011, 12,800 ft (3,900 meters) underwater, by the BEA, the French air accident investigation agency. On May 27, 2011, the BEA announces that equipment malfunction (faulty speed regulators) was the cause of the crash.
Sources: The World Almanac 2008; Plane Crash Info; Landings.com