History's deadliest plane crashes
Rescue workers search through debris Friday following the crash of a Bhoja Air Boeing 737 plane in the outskirts of Islamabad.
April 20th, 2012
05:23 PM ET

History's deadliest plane crashes

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 Р346 people are killed when a Turkish Airlines (DC-10) crashes in Bois d' Ermenonville, France.

*  March 27, 1977 РA 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 РAn 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 РAn 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 РThe 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 РTwelve 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 РThe 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 РA 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 РA TWA Boeing 747 explodes and crashes off the coast of Long Island, New York, killing 230 people.

 *  November 12, 1996 РA 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 РA Korean Airlines Boeing 747 crashes in the Guam jungle, killing 228 people.

*  September 26, 1997 РA 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 РFlying 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 РA 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 РAn 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 РA 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 РAir 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

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  1. High Hopes


    I have a post for you in the previous page.


    April 20, 2012 at 8:41 pm | Report abuse |
  2. High Hopes

    Badda Boom!


    April 20, 2012 at 8:49 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Philip

    The word devil and Philip did appear to be standing fairly close together by your posts. And are you not as nauseated with the hellfire doctine as you seem to be with me? And yes. I do have a few lug wrenches and rotton fruit thrown my way here. Hence my usual defensive stance, no offense. 'Cept when I start behaving like a 17 going on 18 yr. old. It gets funnier than a literal hell around here when I do, no offense. Some taken. Oftentimes stolen. ūüôā

    April 20, 2012 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Guess What His Colon Weighs, by Whammo


    April 20, 2012 at 9:17 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Philip

    Gotta git. Gn everyone. (kertsee)

    April 20, 2012 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Philip

    @High Hopes. Here's a quote from Paul you quoted earlier, and I'd like your thoughts sometime. (remind me?)
    "Also, Adam was not deceived, but the woman was thoroughly deceived and came to be in transgression." 1 @omothy 2:14

    April 20, 2012 at 9:33 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Misogyny

    Hell is a concept created by men who would keep their congregations no better than sheeple. Totally irrelevant to today's better awareness of what the written word says to one, not what man says to one. God isn't mean. Interpret,for yourself.

    April 20, 2012 at 9:45 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Amit-Atlanta-USA


    a) The Pakistani soldiers killed while guarding the hostile borders at Siachen.

    b) The loss of lives in sectarian street battles/drive-by shootings in Karachi.

    c) The scores who die in Sunni-Shia attacks on each other's mosques

    d) The innocents who disappear on a daily basis in Balochistan,

    e) The Ahmedis, Christians and Hindus who are kidnapped or killed every day, and

    f) Aid workers and NGOs from the US & Europe who go to Pakistan to help Pakistan's flood, earthquake and terror victims, but end up themselves as terror victims.


    April 20, 2012 at 10:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Riyaz Khan

      I thank you Amit

      April 21, 2012 at 5:33 am | Report abuse |
    • krm1007

      Please also pray for the millions of young girls who are murdered in MEDIEVAL INDIA because they happen to be females. Shame on you for your immaturity. Hundreds have perished in this plane crash and you are making fun? Is this what your religion hinduism (a cult) teaches you?? Shame on Indians and shame on hinduism.

      April 23, 2012 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  9. High Hopes


    I don't believe in hell fire. Light the fires means something totally different.

    As far as Eve being deceived and Adam not:

    Eve was tempted by the serpent with the otiginal lie ie father of the lie. Adam was enticed by Eve and later told God that the wiman that He gave to him had deceived him, ie blamed God of giving him a faulty woman.

    Adam had walked with God, and the woman was his mate. If Adam had refused the fruit, it would have been a different story. Eve was deceived by Satan. Adam was enticed... by the lie.

    Please explain your interpretatiin if 1 Corinthians 13: 8-13


    April 20, 2012 at 10:37 pm | Report abuse |
  10. bobcat (in a hat) ©

    Plane crashes, Bus crashes, Shootings, Stabbings, Abductions, Musical artists dying all over the place. Damn, is there anything, anywhere good happening ?

    April 20, 2012 at 10:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • dwerbil

      bobcat, yes...you/me are in our safe rooms alive and posting here. Tomorrow morning I'm putting in the rest of my garden. What are you doing?

      April 20, 2012 at 11:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy ¬©

      I have a wonderful friend who tells jokes and brightens our days....

      April 20, 2012 at 11:40 pm | Report abuse |
  11. dazzle ©

    @banasy, yes our friend does that. I tried not to read this blog with my child flying flying home tomorrow.

    April 20, 2012 at 11:50 pm | Report abuse |
  12. saywhat

    A tragic event. My heart goes out to the affected families.

    Yes. Good news are becoming a rarity. Hate,intolerance, violence, greed, lust for war has always been a part of evolving humanity. What we are witnessing in these times of ours is a surge in these 'emotions' cloaked in 'civilized' slogans and 'spins'.
    Indeed a lot to be thankful for. But few of us realize that. Thanks

    April 21, 2012 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  13. Amit-Atlanta-USA

    Every sensible human being sympathizes with the Pakistani people on this great tragedy and pray god for the departed souls.

    But the world has been waiting for over 60 years now to hear even one positive thing from this unfortunate country. Surely the Pakistani people and the entire free world (who also are victims) deserve a peaceful Pakistan.

    Hope they can emulate their great neighbors India, or their greatest supporters America & Europe who have been treating them much like a errant child hoping that someday they will learn!

    April 21, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • krm1007

      Say thank you to the Pakistanis for getting you independence from British slavery. The best thing that happened to Pakistan was divorcing India.Remember Patrick Henry.."Give me Liberty or Give me death"???? Says it all, dunnit? Perhaps, for a slave nationlike India it is dificult to understand. Then again for Indian hindus whose religion hinduism is a cult this American concept maybe difficult to comprehend.

      April 23, 2012 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  14. High Hopes

    Nuke Islam.

    April 21, 2012 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Hay nsaidi grrl imma let you know yall messed up again

    So WHY aren't all the crashes on 9=11 listed? They were crashes. They didn't land softly. They should be in the list.

    April 22, 2012 at 3:03 am | Report abuse |
    • simple

      They're not listed because they were acts of terrorism and not accidents. Some aviation databases list the planes that day and some don't. There's nothing nefarious about it.

      Whereas the attacks not being listed on OBL's FBI wanted poster is a sign of something nefarious.

      April 22, 2012 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
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