Most Terrifying Airplane Accidents in History
Airplanes demonstrate the height of advancement of our technology and science. It’s truly a masterpiece radiating with unmatched supremacy and power. With these awe inspiring machines, we have been able to soar into the skies and fly across the horizons. It’s one of the dreams of mankind which actually manifested in physical forms and came true.
Travelling in an aircraft is a pleasurable and thrilling experience, to say the least. There are some who thoroughly enjoy flying while others who are truly terrified. And they have a point too. Aircraft accidents are the least common ones, but when they do occur, they incur the highest fatality rate with terrifying aftermaths. Here’s a list of the most horrific aviation accidents ever to occur.
Date: March 27, 1977
Aircraft: KLM Boeing 747 & Pan Am 747
Location: Tenerife, Spain
Cause: Pilot’s misunderstanding, thick fog.
It’s considered one of the worst aviation tragedies ever. KLM Boeing went ahead for a take off without clearance and rammed the Pam Am, killing all passengers on board the KLM Boeing whereas only 61 passengers of Pam Am survived.
Charkhi Dadri collision:
Date: November 12, 1996
Aircraft: Saudia Flight 763 and Air Kazakhstan Flight 1907
Location: Haryana, India
Cause: Kazakh aircraft was flying at a lower altitude than specified.
This was a mid-air collision where one aircraft rammed the other, killing all aboard the two aircrafts instantly.
JAL Flight 123:
Date: August 12, 1985
Aircraft: Japan Airlines Flight 123
Cause: Failure of incorrectly repaired aft pressure bulkhead causing explosive decompression.
This accident marks one of the highest causality tolls up to date. Even though the pilots managed to control the aircraft for a while, it was impossible to keep at it for long; eventually it crashed into a mountain.
Air India Flight 182:
Date: June 23, 1985
Aircraft: Air India Flight 182 Boeing 747-237B
Cause: Bomb explosion in cargo
It was one of the deadliest terrorist attacks which was planned using an aircraft. The Sikhs were behind this to get back at the government.
Ermenonville air disaster:
Date: March 3, 1974
Aircraft: McDonnell Douglas DC-10
Location: Ermenonville Forest, France
Cause: Technical carelessness causing rear cargo hatch to blow off, resulting in decompression
This one occurred due to technical mishandling and general disregard of safety by the staff responsible for loading the cargo. Also the design of the latch of the cargo of aircraft was at fault.
Air Africa crash:
Date: January 8, 1996
Fatalities: Around 300
Aircraft: Air Africa Antonov An-32B
Location: Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo
Cause: The aircraft was overloaded, and it failed to take off, instead overshooting the runway and crashing into the side street market.
The Air Africa crash holds the record for the highest number of deaths on land due to an aircraft. Despite the fact that overload was the primary cause of the accident, no attention was given to this which again caused two more separate accidents.
Iran Air Flight 655:
Date: July 3, 1988
Aircraft: Airbus A300B2-203
Location: Strait of Hormuz, Persian Gulf
Cause: The aircraft was shot down by United States Navy guided missile cruiser USS Vincennes (CG-49) who wrongly identified it as an enemy craft.
After this killing of innocents, the U.S. government did issue regret for the loss of innocent human life but refused to admit they were mistaken and did not accept responsibility nor did they submit an apology to the Iranian government.
2003 Iran Ilyushin Il-76 crash:
Date: February 19, 2003
Aircraft: Ilyushin Il-76
Location: Kerman, Iran
Cause: The cause remains unknown and disputed.
It is classified as one of the most ambiguous crashes with little known about its cause. Some blame it on bad weather, other on collision and yet others on terrorists.