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Top Ten Aviation Accidents

Aircraft crashes are caused by many reasons, the most common being bad weather and technical malfunctioning. Learn about some of the deadliest aviation accidents in history.


Map of Aviation Accidents
Description: World Map showing location of top ten Aviation Accidents across the world. Disclaimer


The world has seen many catastrophic plane crashes. Some of the major ones are discussed below:

The worst aviation accident is believed to have occurred on March 27, 1977 when two Boeing 747s, operated by KLM and Pan Am, collided in Spain’s Canary Islands. Around 583 people casualties were reported.

As the map shows, the second-most deadly air crash accident took place on August 12, 1985 when a Japan Air Lines 747 crashed near Mt. Fuji. The plane had taken off from Tokyo. Over 520 people were estimated dead besides many injured. Technical malfunction resulted in the disaster.

The Top Ten Aviation Map also shows the location and the details of the other tragic air craft crashes. As shown in the map, the most recent air craft accident took place on November 12, 1996 in India near Delhi. The accident occurred when an Ilyushin IL-76 cargo plane from Kazakhstan collided in mid-air with a Saudi Arabian airline Boeing - 747. All the 349 passengers on board were killed; it is supposed to be the the world's worst midair collision.

Top Ten Aviation Accidents
OperatorAircraftYearCasualtyLocation
Pan American World Airways & KLM Royal Dutch AirlinesBoeing 747–121 & Boeing 747-206BMarch 27, 1977583Tenerife, Canary Islands
Japan AirlinesBoeing B-747-SR46-JB119August 12, 1985520Ueno, Gunma Prefecture, Japan
Saudi Arabian Airlines & Kazakhstan AirlinesBoeing 747-168B & Ilyushin Il-76November 12, 1996349Charkhi Dadri, Haryana, India
Turkish AirlinesMcDonnell Douglas DC-10-10-TC-JAVMarch 3, 1974346Fontaine-Chaalis, Oise, France
Air IndiaBoeing 747-237BJune 23, 1985329Atlantic Ocean, south of Ireland
Iranian Revolutionary GuardIlyushin Il-76February 19, 2003302Kerman, Iran
Saudi Arabian Airlines Lockheed 1011-200 TriStar-HZ-AHKAugust 19, 1980301Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Moscow Airways (Air Africa)Antonov An-32BJanuary 8, 1996300*N'Dolo Airport Kinshasa, DRC
Iran AirAirbus A300B2-203-EP-IBUJuly 3, 1988290Persian Gulf
American AirlinesMcDonnell Douglas DC-10-10-N110AAMay 25, 1979273Des Plaines, Illinois, United States

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