Top 10 Worst Plane Crashes


Statistically, flying is one of the safest means of transportation. High in the air, the sun is shining over a white bed of clouds, the flight attendant pours you another Jack Daniels, you’re reading a magazine. Just few hours later you’ll land halfway across the globe. This is your typical flight. But sometimes, things go wrong. And when things go wrong in an airplane they go disastrously wrong. Have a look at our top 10 worst aircrashes!

  1. Near Sakhalin Island, Russia, 1-09-1983, 269 fatalities – a Sovjet fighter shoots a Korean Airlines 747 that crosses Sovjet border accidentally, killing all passengers
  2. Lockerbie, Scotland, 21-12-1988, 270 fatalities – a bomb planted in a 747 Panam flight by  two Libyan agents explodes, killing all passengers including 11 on the ground
  3. Chicago O’ Hare, 25-05-1979, 273 fatalities – the engine of an American Airlines DC-10 detaches and hits a wing resulting in a massive fireball
  4. Strait of Hormuz, Iran 3-07-1988, 290 fatalities – US Navy destroyer Vincennes destroyes an Iran Air Airbus-300 with missiles
  5. Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 19-08-1980, 301 fatalities – crew of a Saudi L-1011  did not respond properly after a in-flight fire
  6. Irish Sea, 23-06-1985, 329 fatalities – an Air India 747 is blown up by a bomb planted by Sikh-extremists
  7. Orly, France, 3-03-1974, 346 fatalities – a cargo door of a DC10 suddenly opened after take-off resulting in decompression
  8. Delhi, India, 12-11-1996, 349 fatalities – mid-air collision between an Ilyushin IL-76 cargo plane from Kazakhstan and a Saudi 747
  9. Mount Fuji, Japan, 12-08-1985, 520 fatalities – a Japan Airlines 747 crashes on Mount Fuji on a domestic fligh
  10. Tenerife, 27-03-1977, 583 fatalities – two Boeing 747’s operated by KLM and Panam collide on a foggy runway