Posted on 09 September 2009.
Plane crashes, no matter where they take place, are always spectacular, since they normally involve an international group of passengers, and the casualty figures are high. Here are 10 of the most well known airplane crashes in the world.
The deadliest of all crashes ever, this deliberate crashing of two planes into the World Trade Centre killed 2988 people, the majority of them being occupants of the twin towers of the World Trade Centre. This was an act of terrorism, and has no parallels in the annals of airplane crashes.
One of the worst airline disasters, occurred when the KLM Captain Boeing 747 attempted a takeoff in the fog, without clearance and that plane crashed into the Pan Am 747 plane, that was still taxing on the runway. Multiple factors such as communication problems, pilot errors and bad weather were responsible for this horrendous disaster.
The highest number of causalities in a single airline crash occurred when this plane crashed 100 km. from Tokyo. A failed bulkhead repair conducted six years prior resulted in an explosive decompression when the plane was in the air, which made the aircraft uncontrollable, resulting in tragedy. The plane had logged over 12,000 cycles (one takoff and one landing), before that faulty repair finally ruptured.
A mid-air collision between a Kazakhstan flight and a Saudi flight, over Haryana in India, resulted in the world’s deadliest mid-air crash. It was responsible for the deaths of passengers and crew on both planes. The resultant safety measures made air corridors in the skies mandatory.
Another crash which was the result of decompression in the cabin due to the cargo door getting detached, this was the deadliest plane crash until the Tenerife disaster three years later. The plane crashed near Paris in France, soon after taking off from Orly Airport