Commercial Air Accidents /Incidents 1999-2008


  • 21 accidents
  • 20 fatal
  • 560 dead


The black boxes of EgyptAir Flight 99

  • February 24– China Southwest Airlines Flight 4509, a Tupolev Tu-154, crashes while on approach to Wenzhou Airport, killing all 61 passengers and crew on board.
  • April 7 – Turkish Airlines Flight 5904, a Boeing 737-400, crashes in poor weather near Hamdilli, Ceyhan, Turkey; all six crew die.
  • April 15 – Korean Air Cargo Flight 6316, a McDonnell Douglas MD-11F crashes shortly after takeoff from Shanghai Hongqiao Airport, China. All three crew members, as well as five on the ground, are killed.
  • June 1 – American Airlines Flight 1420, a McDonnell Douglas MD-82 with 139 passengers on board, skids off the runway on landing and crashes into a steel walkway at Little Rock, Arkansas during strong winds; 11 are killed, and 86 are injured.
  • July 24– Air Fiji Flight 121, an Embraer EMB 110 Bandeirante crashes into a mountain en route to Nadi International Airport, Fiji. All 17 passengers and crew are killed.
  • July 24 – All Nippon Airways Flight 61, a Boeing 747, is hijacked by a passenger, Yuji Nishizawa, wielding a knife; after fatally stabbing the captain, he is overpowered by the crew; the first officer lands the plane safely at Haneda, Japan.
  • August 7 – TACV Flight 5002, a Dornier Do 228 crashes into a mountain whilst returning to São Pedro Airport, Cape Verde in poor weather. All 18 passengers and crew are killed.
  • August 22 – China Airlines Flight 642, a McDonnell Douglas MD-11, crashes on landing at Hong Kong International Airport during “Typhoon” Sam; of the 315 people on board, three die.
  • August 31 – LAPA Flight 3142, a Boeing 737, overshoots the runway in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and crashes into a golf course; of the 103 people on board, 63 are killed, as well as two on the ground.
  • September 5 – Necon Air Flight 128, a BAe 748 collides with a telecommunications tower whilst on approach into Kathmandu Airport, Nepal. All 15 passengers and crew are killed.
  • September 14 – Britannia Airways Flight 226A, a Boeing 757, veers off the runway at Girona, Catalonia Spain, while landing in a thunderstorm and comes to rest in a field, broken apart in two places; 43 on board are injured, two seriously, but a passenger initially diagnosed as “lightly injured” dies five days later of unnoticed internal injuries.
  • September 23 – Qantas Flight 1, a Boeing 747 runs off the runway due to a storm and comes to a complete stop just short of a golf course. All on board including 30 injured passengers survive.
  • October 31 – EgyptAir Flight 990, a Boeing 767 bound for Cairo, Egypt, crashes into the Atlantic Ocean off Nantucket, Massachusetts, killing all 217 passengers and crew; cause is disputed: a deliberate suicide/homicide act by the relief first officer according to the NTSB, vs. a Boeing mechanical flaw according to Egyptian aviation authorities.
  • November 9 – TAESA Flight 725, a McDonnell Douglas DC-9, crashes near Uruapan, Mexico, killing all 18 on board.
  • November 12 – Si Fly Flight 3275, an ATR 42-300 operating a UN relief flight strikes a mountain in poor weather whilst on approach into Pristina Airport, Kosovo. All 24 passengers and crew are killed.
  • December 7 – Asian Spirit Flight 100, a Let L-410 Turbolet, crashes into a mountain while on approach to Cauayan Airport, killing all 15 passengers and crew on board.
  • December 11 – SATA Air Açores Flight 530M, a BAe ATP crashes into a mountain whilst on approach into Flores Airport in the Azores. All 35 passengers and crew are killed.
  • December 21 – Cubana de Aviación Flight 1216, a McDonnell Douglas DC-10, overruns the runway at La Aurora International Airport, killing 16 of 314 people on board and another two on the ground.
  • December 22 – Korean Air Cargo Flight 8509, a Boeing 747-200F, crashes after takeoff near Great Hallingbury, England; killing all four crew.
  • December 24 – Indian Airlines Flight 814, an Airbus A300, is hijacked en route to Delhi, India; one hostage is killed.
  • December 25– Cubana de Aviación Flight 310, a Yakovlev Yak-42D, crashes into the San Luis Hill near Bejuma, Venezuela, while on approach to Arturo Michelena International Airport; all 22 on board die.


  • 18 accidents
  • fatal 13
  • 921 dead
  • January 10 – Crossair Flight 498, a Saab 340, crashes two minutes after takeoff in Niederhasli, Switzerland, killing all 10 people on board.
  • January 13 – In the 2000 Marsa Brega Short 360 crash, a Short 360 ditches into the sea near Marsa Brega, Libya as a result of ice buildup. 22 of the 41 passengers and crew are killed.
  • January 30– Kenya Airways Flight 431, an Airbus A310, carrying 169 passengers and 10 crew members, crashes into the Atlantic Ocean off Côte d’Ivoire after takeoff from Abidjan. 169 dead.
  • January 31 – Alaska Airlines Flight 261, an MD-83, crashes into the Pacific Ocean off Point Mugu, California, after problems with its horizontal stabilizer. All 83 passengers and 5 crew members are killed.
  • February 16 – Emery Worldwide Flight 17, a DC-8-71F crashes into a salvage yard shortly after takeoff from Sacramento Mather Airport, California. All three crew members are killed.
  • March 5 – Southwest Airlines Flight 1455, a Boeing 737-300, overruns the runway in Burbank, California. Of the 142 people on board, 43 are injured, two seriously.
  • April 19– Air Philippines Flight 541, a Boeing 737-200, crashes in a coconut plantation on Samal Island, Davao del Norte while preparing to approach the Davao International Airport, killing all 131 people on board in the worst ever accident involving the 737-200.
  • June 22 – Wuhan Airlines Flight 343, a Xian Y-7, is struck by lightning and crashes in Hanyang District, Wuhan, killing all 42 on board and another seven on the ground in the worst ever accident involving the Y-7.
  • July 4 – Malév Flight 262, a Tupolev Tu-154, lands on its belly at Thessaloniki International Airport in Greece. There are no serious injuries or fatalities.
  • July 8 – Aerocaribe Flight 7831, a British Aerospace Jetstream 32, crashes near Chulum Juárez, Mexico, killing all 19 on board.
  • July 12 – Hapag-Lloyd Flight 3378, an Airbus A310, crash-lands 650 metres short of the runway in Vienna after running out of fuel in flight. There are no serious injuries or fatalities.
  • July 17– Alliance Air Flight 7412, a Boeing 737-200, crashes into government housing in Patna, India, as it approaches the airport, killing 55 of the 58 on board and five people on the ground.
  • July 25 – Air France Flight 4590, a Concorde crashes during takeoff from Paris, France, after striking debris on the runway, killing all 100 passengers and 9 crew aboard as well as four on the ground; the entire Concorde fleet is grounded for one year.
  • August 23– Gulf Air Flight 072, an Airbus A320, crashes into the Persian Gulf off Manama, Bahrain, while attempting to land. All 135 passengers and 8 crew members are killed.
  • October 31 – Singapore Airlines Flight 006, a Boeing 747-400, strikes construction equipment after using a closed runway for takeoff at Chiang Kai-shek International Airport, Taiwan, killing 83 out of 179 people on board.
  • November 15– In the 2000 ASA Pesada Antonov An-24 crash, an Antonov An-24 suffers a catastrophic engine failure and crashes shortly after takeoff from Luanda’s Quatro de Fevereiro International Airport, Angola. All 57 passengers and crew are killed.
  • November 18 – Dirgantara Air Service Flight 3130, a Britten Norman Islander BN-2 crashes shortly after take off from Datah Dawai Airport in East Kalimantan, Indonesia. No one is killed, but all on board were injured, 11 seriously.
  • December 20 – British Airways Flight 2069, in Sudanese airspace at 35,000 ft, a hijacker storms the cabin in an attempt to send the plane into a nosedive. However, Captain William Hagan and First Officer Richard Webb help subdue the mentally ill hijacker, while First Officer Phil Watson levels the flight. None of the 379 passengers or 19 crew on board are seriously injured.


  • 20 accidents
  • fatal 16 
  • 3610 dead


Aerial view of the neighborhood in Queens, New York, where American Airlines Flight 587 crashed

  • January 23 – Yemenia Flight 448, a Boeing 727, is hijacked 15 minutes after takeoff from Sana’a International Airport, Yemen; the crew makes an emergency landing at Djibouti; the hijacker is subdued with no casualties to the 91 passengers or 10 crew members on board
  • January 25 – RUTACA Airlines Flight 225, a Douglas DC-3 crashes shortly after takeoff from Tomás de Heres Airport, Venezuela as a result of an engine failure. All 24 passengers and crew were killed.
  • January 31 – In the 2001 Japan Airlines mid-air incident, Japan Airlines Flight 907, a Douglas DC-10, and Japan Airlines Flight 958, a Boeing 747, narrowly avoid colliding by a margin of 36 feet (11 meters) near Yaizu, Japan.
  • February 27 – Loganair Flight 670A, a Short 360 operating a postal flight crashes shortly after takeoff from Edinburgh Airport, Scotland as a result of a double engine failure. Both crew members are killed.
  • March 3 – Thai Airways International Flight 114, a Boeing 737-400 is destroyed by an explosion while on the tarmac at Don Mueang Airport, Thailand. One flight attendant is killed in the explosion, which happened prior to boarding.
  • March 24 – Air Caraïbes Flight 1501, a DHC-6 Twin Otter crashes into a house whilst on approach into Saint Barthélemy Airport, Guadeloupe. All 19 passengers and crew, as well as one person on the ground, are killed.
  • March 29– In the 2001 Avjet Aspen crash, an Avjet charter flight, a Gulfstream III jet with 15 passengers and three crew, crashes on approach into Aspen, Colorado, killing all on board.
  • May 17– In the 2001 Faraz Qeshm Airlines Yak-40 crash, a Yakovlev Yak-40 crashes into mountains en route to Gorgan Airport, Iran amid poor weather conditions. All 30 passengers and crew are killed, including Iran’s Minister of Roads and Transportation, Rahman Dadman.
  • July 4 – Vladivostok Air Flight 352, a Tupolev Tu-154 enters a flat spin on approach to Irkutsk Airport in Irkutsk, Russia, crashes down onto its belly and bursts into flames in a wooded area, killing all 145 aboard.
  • August 24 – Air Transat Flight 236, an Airbus A330, runs out of fuel over the Atlantic Ocean and makes an emergency landing in the Azores. Upon landing some of the tires blow out, causing a fire that is extinguished by emergency personnel on the ground. None of the 293 passengers or 13 crew on board the aircraft is seriously injured.
  • August 29 Binter Mediterráneo Flight 8261, a CASA CN-235, suffers port engine failure and crashes onto the N-340 road while attempting to make an emergency landing at Ruiz Picasso International Airport, killing four of 43 on board; the pilot initially survives, but dies several hours later.
  • September 11 – American Airlines Flight 11, a Boeing 767-200ER with 92 people on board, is hijacked after taking off from Boston, and is flown into the north tower of the World Trade Center in New York City; all on board are killed as well as around 1600 people on the ground and in the building; the collapse of both towers brings the total death toll from the two crashes to at least 2,763, the worst disaster involving commercial aircraft.
  • September 11 – United Airlines Flight 175, a Boeing 767-200 with 65 people on board, is hijacked after taking off from Boston and is flown into the south tower of the World Trade Center in New York City; all on board are killed as well as around 900 people on the ground and in the building; the collapse of both towers brings the total death toll from the two crashes to at least 2,763, the worst disaster involving commercial aircraft.
  • September 11 – American Airlines Flight 77, a Boeing 757-200 with 64 people on board, is hijacked after taking off from Dulles International Airport and is flown into The Pentagon; all on board are killed as well as 125 people in the building and on the ground.
  • September 11 – United Airlines Flight 93, a Boeing 757-200 with 44 people on board, is hijacked after taking off from Newark, New Jersey; passengers struggle with the hijackers, and the aircraft crashes in a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, killing all on board.
  • October 4 – Siberia Airlines Flight 1812, a Tupolev Tu-154, is shot down by the Ukrainian military over the Black Sea. All 66 passengers and 12 crew members are killed.
  • October 8 – In the Linate Airport disaster, Scandinavian Airlines Flight 686, an MD-87, crashes into a Cessna business jet on takeoff from Milan, Italy. The MD-87 then swerves into a baggage handling building and catches fire. All 110 people on board Flight 686 dieas well as all four in the Cessna. Four people on the ground are also killed.
  • November 12 – American Airlines Flight 587, an Airbus A300, crashes into a Queens neighborhood in New York City when the plane’s vertical tail fin snaps off just after takeoff due to overuse of the rudder by the first officer during a wake turbulence encounter. All 251 passengers and nine crew members on board are killed as well as five people on the ground.
  • November 24– Crossair Flight 3597, an Avro RJ100, crashes near Bassersdorf, Switzerland, while attempting to land in Zürich. Of the 28 passengers and 5 crew members on board, 21 passengers and 3 crew members die.
  • December 22 – On board American Airlines Flight 63, a Boeing 767, a passenger, Richard Reid, attempts to detonate explosives hidden in his shoes, but fails and is subdued by two flight attendants and passengers. The plane lands safely in Boston.


  • 18 accidents
  • fatal 15
  • 1065 dead


Garuda Indonesia Flight 421 after making a water landing in the Bengawan Solo River

  • January 14 – Lion Air Flight 386, a Boeing 737-200, crashes while attempting to take off from Riau, Indonesia; all 103 on board survive.
  • January 16– Garuda Indonesia Flight 421, a Boeing 737-300, experiences a dual flameout after entering a thunderstorm, and ditches in the Bengawan Solo River. A flight attendant is the only casualty; 54 passengers and 5 crew survive.
  • January 28– TAME Flight 120, a Boeing 727, crashes into a volcano on approach to Tulcán, Ecuador, in low-visibility conditions; all 94 on board are killed.
  • February 12 – Iran Air Tours Flight 956, a Tupolev Tu-154, crashes into the Sefid Kooh mountains during heavy rain, snow and dense fog while descending for Khorramabad Airport. All twelve crew members and 107 passengers are killed.
  • April 15 – Air China Flight 129, a Boeing 767-200ER, crashes into a hill during a landing attempt at Busan, South Korea, in misty conditions; of the 155 passengers and 11 crew, 38 survive.
  • May 4 – EAS Airlines Flight 4226, a BAC 1–11 500 series, crashes into the Gwammaja neighborhood at Kano, Nigeria, shortly after takeoff; the ensuing crash resulted in the deaths of 71 passengers and at least 78 civilians on the ground.
  • May 7– EgyptAir Flight 843, a Boeing 737-566, crashes near Tunis, Tunisia, while landing in rough weather; of the 62 people on board, 14 perish.
  • May 7 – China Northern Airlines Flight 6136, a McDonnell Douglas MD-82, crashes near Dalian, China, after a passenger sets fire to the cabin with gasoline; all 103 passengers and nine crew are killed.
  • May 25 – China Airlines Flight 611, a Boeing 747-200B, disintegrates above the Taiwan Strait in mid-flight due to maintenance error; killing all 225 people on board.
  • July 1– In the Überlingen mid-air collision, Bashkirian Airlines Flight 2937, a Tupolev Tu-154 with 60 passengers and nine crew members on board, collides with DHL Flight 611, a Boeing 757 freighter with two pilots on board near Lake Constance, Germany; all people on both planes perish.
  • July 4– In the 2002 Prestige Airlines Boeing 707 crash, a Boeing 707 crashes at Bangui Airport while attempting an emergency landing, killing 28 of 30 on board.
  • July 10 – Swiss International Airlines Flight 850, a Saab 2000, strikes an earth bank after landing at Werneuchen Airfield after multiple diversions due to a storm system; all 20 on board survive; the aircraft is written off.
  • August 22– In the 2002 Shangri-La Air Twin Otter Crash, a DHC-6 Twin Otter crashes in thick cloud whilst on approach into Pokhara Airport, Nepal. All 18 passengers and crew are killed.
  • August 30 – Rico Linhas Aéreas Flight 4823, an Embraer EMB 120 Brasília, crashes on approach to Rio Branco International Airport, Brazil, in a rainstorm; the aircraft breaks up into three pieces and catches fire; 23 of 31 on board perish.
  • October 9 – Northwest Airlines Flight 85, a Boeing 747, experienced a rudder hardover. The crew made an emergency landing at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport. All 404 on board were unharmed.
  • November 6 – Luxair Flight 9642, a Fokker F50, crashes short of the runway on approach to Luxembourg Findel Airport in foggy weather conditions; of the nineteen passengers and three crew on board, only two survive.
  • November 11 – Laoag International Airlines Flight 585, a Fokker F-27 Friendship, crashes into Manila Bay shortly after takeoff from Ninoy Aquino International Airport; of the 34 people on board, 19 are killed.
  • December 23 – Aeromist-Kharkiv Flight 2137, an Antonov An-140 crashes near Ardestan, Iran whilst descending into Isfahan International Airport, Iran. Caused by insufficient crew training, the crash claims the lives of all 44 on board.


  • accidents 12
  • fatal 10
  • 689 dead


Smoke rising from a warehouse seconds after the crash of Air Midwest Flight 5481


FedEx Express Flight 647 remains

  • January 8 – Air Midwest Flight 5481, a Beechcraft 1900, crashes on takeoff from Charlotte, North Carolina, United States; all 19 passengers and two pilots are killed.
  • January 8– Turkish Airlines Flight 634, an Avro RJ100, crashes during its final approach to land at Diyarbakır Airport, Turkey, in extensive fog. All of the 5 crew and 70 of the 75 passengers are killed, five passengers survive with serious injuries.
  • January 9– TANS Perú Flight 222, a Fokker F28, crashes while on approach to Chachapoyas Airport; all 46 on board die.
  • March 6 – Air Algérie Flight 6289, a Boeing 737-200, veers off the runway on takeoff in Tamanrasset, Algeria; 96 of the 97 passengers and all six crew members perish.
  • May 8– In the 2003 Congo air disaster, a Ukrainian Cargo Airways Ilyushin Il-76 suffers a rapid decompression after a cargo door opens mid-flight. The aircraft manages to return to Kinshasa, but not before between 17 and 200 civilians are sucked out to their deaths (casualty numbers vary depending on source).
  • May 26 – UM Airlines Flight 4230, a Yakovlev Yak-42 crashes into the side of a mountain near the town of Maçka, Turkey. All 75 people are killed.
  • May 29– A man attempts to hijack Qantas Flight 1737, a Boeing 717, in Melbourne, Australia, intending to crash the plane in Tasmania. He is overpowered by the flight crew and passengers, but injures three people.
  • July 8 – Sudan Airways Flight 139, a Boeing 737-200, crashes shortly after taking off from Port Sudan, Sudan. All 117 people on board the plane perish; a two-year-old boy initially survives the crash, but dies the following day.
  • August 26– Colgan Air Flight 9446, a Beech 1900D crashes into the sea just after taking off from Barnstable Municipal Airport, Massachusetts. Both pilots are killed.
  • November 22 – A DHL Airbus A300 is struck by a missile near Baghdad, Iraq and loses hydraulic system function, but manages to land safely with only engine controls without any fatalities. This is the first non-fatal landing of an airliner without control surfaces.
  • December 18 – FedEx Express Flight 647, a McDonnell Douglas MD-10-10, veers off the runway upon landing after a landing gear collapse and catches fire at Memphis International Airport; two crew members and five passengers escape with only minor injuries.
  • December 25 – UTAGE Flight 141, a Boeing 727, runs off the end of the runway upon takeoff at Cotonou, Benin, and crashes onto the beach on the Bight of Benin, killing 151 of the 163 occupants.


  • accidents 13
  • fatal 13
  • 472 dead


Debris left of Kish Air Flight 7170

  • January 3 – Flash Airlines Flight 604, a Boeing 737-300, crashes into the Red Sea, killing all 135 passengers and 13 crew members in the worst ever accident involving the 737-300.
  • January 13 – Uzbekistan Airways Flight 1154, a Yakovlev Yak-40 collides with a radar station on approach into Tashkent International Airport, Uzbekistan in poor weather. All37 passengers and crew are killed.
  • February 10 – Kish Air Flight 7170, a Fokker 50, crashes at Sharjah International Airport, killing 43 people. Three survive with serious injuries.
  • May 14 – Rico Linhas Aéreas Flight 4815, an Embraer 120ER, crashes while on approach to Eduardo Gomes International Airport, killing all 33 passengers and crew on board; the cause is never determined.
  • June 8 – Gabon Express Flight 221, a Hawker Siddeley HS 748 crashes into the sea after attempting an emergency landing at Libreville International Airport, Gabon after an engine failure. 19 of the 30 passengers and crew are killed.
  • August 13 – Air Tahoma Flight 185, a Convair 580, crashes near Covington, Kentucky, while descending to land, killing the first officer.
  • August 24– Siberia Airlines Flight 1047, a Tupolev Tu-154, explodes in mid-air while flying over Rostov Oblast, Russia, killing all 38 passengers and eight crew members on board.
  • August 24 – Volga-AviaExpress Flight 1303, a Tupolev Tu-134, explodes in mid-air while flying over Tula Oblast, Russia, killing all 34 passengers and nine crew members on board.
  • October 14 – MK Airlines Flight 1602, a Boeing 747-200F, crashes on takeoff from Halifax Stanfield International Airport, killing all seven on board.
  • October 14 – Pinnacle Airlines Flight 3701, a CRJ-200 repositioning flight with no passengers, crashes near Jefferson City, MO, killing both pilots.
  • October 19– Corporate Airlines Flight 5966, a British Aerospace Jetstream, crashes near Kirksville, Missouri, United States; 13 of the 15 people on board die.
  • November 21 – China Eastern Airlines Flight 5210, a Bombardier CRJ200, stalls and crashes near Baotou, China, shortly after takeoff because of frost contamination; all 53 on board and two people on the ground are killed.
  • November 30 – Lion Air Flight 538, a McDonnell Douglas MD-82, crash-lands in Solo City, Indonesia, killing 25 of the 154 people on board.


  • 22 accidents
  • fatal 16
  • 1001 dead


Panoramic picture of the aftermath of Air France Flight 358.


Front Wheel of Jet Blue Flight 292 on fire during an emergency landing.


Southwest Airlines Flight 1248 after overshooting the runway

  • February 3– Kam Air Flight 904, a Boeing 737-200, crashes in a snowstorm in Afghanistan. All 96 passengers and eight crew members die.
  • February 20 – British Airways Flight 268, a Boeing 747-400, taking off from Los Angeles to London suffers fire in engine 2. The plane flies on three engines to Manchester, where it performs an emergency landing. None of the 369 people on board are harmed.
  • March 6 – Air Transat Flight 961, an Airbus A310, suffers rudder failure after takeoff from Varadero, Cuba; the aircraft returns to Cuba with no casualties.
  • March 16– Regional Airlines Flight 9288, an Antonov An-24RV, stalls and crashes into a small hill near Varandey Airport, Russia, due to a possible instrument failure, killing 28 of 52 on board.
  • May 7– In the Lockhart River air disaster, an Aero-Tropics Air Services Fairchild Swearingen Metroliner operating on behalf of Transair strikes terrain on approach into Lockhart River Airport, Australia. All 15 passengers and crew are killed.
  • June 9 – US Airways Flight 1170 and Aer Lingus Flight 132 almost collide on a runway at Logan International Airport in Boston, Massachusetts. None of the 381 people on either plane is harmed.
  • July 16 – An Equatorial Express Antonov An-24 crashes into a mountain side near Baney, Equatorial Guinea; all 60 on board die.
  • August 2 – Air France Flight 358, an Airbus A340-300, skids off a runway at Toronto Pearson International Airport, Ontario, while landing and catches fire; all 309 on board escape without fatalities, 43 people are injured, the aircraft is completely destroyed by the fire.
  • August 6– Tuninter Flight 1153, an ATR 72, ditches into the Mediterranean Sea near Palermo, Sicily, with 35 passengers and four crew members on board; 14 passengers and two crew members die.
  • August 10– Copterline Flight 103, a Sikorsky S-76 helicopter crashes off Tallinn, Estonia, killing all 14 on board.
  • August 14– Helios Airways Flight 522, a Boeing 737-300, crashes near Kalamos, Greece, with 115 passengers and six crew members on board; there are no survivors.
  • August 16– West Caribbean Airways Flight 708, a McDonnell Douglas MD-82, crashes in western Venezuela. All on board, 152 passengers and eight crew members, die.
  • August 23 TANS Perú Flight 204, a Boeing 737-200, crashes on approach to Captain Rolden International Airport, Pucallpa, Peru. Thirty-five of the 91 passengers on board, as well as five of the seven crew members, perish.
  • September 5 – Mandala Airlines Flight 091, a Boeing 737-200, crashes in Medan, Indonesia, killing 103 of the 111 passengers and all five crew members on board the aircraft and an additional 47 people on the ground.
  • September 5 – A Kavatshi Airlines Antonov An-26B crashes at Isiro Airport in Matari, Democratic Republic of the Congo, killing all 11 people on board.
  • September 9 – An Air Kasai Antonov An-26B crashes in the Republic of the Congo north of Brazzaville, killing all 13 people on board.
  • September 21 – JetBlue Airways Flight 292, an Airbus A320, makes an emergency landing at Los Angeles International Airport because of landing gear steering failure. There are no injuries to the 139 passengers and six crew members.
  • October 22 – Bellview Airlines Flight 210, a Boeing 737-200, crashes shortly after takeoff from Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos, Nigeria, killing all 117 people on board.
  • December 8 – Southwest Airlines Flight 1248, a Boeing 737-700, slides off the runway during landing at Chicago Midway International Airport in Chicago in heavy snow. None of the people on board are injured, but the plane hits two automobiles on the ground, killing a passenger.
  • December 10 – Sosoliso Airlines Flight 1145, a McDonnell Douglas DC-9 with 110 people on board, crashes during landing in Port Harcourt, Nigeria. Of the 110 people on board; only two survive.
  • December 19 – Chalk’s Ocean Airways Flight 101, a Grumman Mallard, crashes off the coast of Miami Beach, Florida, killing all 20 on board.
  • December 23 – Azerbaijan Airlines Flight 217, an Antonov An-140, crashes shortly after takeoff from Baku Airport due to instrument failure, killing all 23 on board.


  • 15 accidents
  • fatal 12
  • 821 dead


The wreckage of Gol Transportes Aéreos Flight 1907

  • March 31 – TEAM Linhas Aéreas Flight 6865, a Let L-410 Turbolet crashes whilst conducting a VFR approach to Macaé Airport, Brazil. All 19 passengers and crew are killed.
  • May 3 – Armavia Flight 967, an Airbus A320, crashes into the Black Sea near the Russian city of Sochi, killing all 113 on board.
  • June 21 – In the 2006 Yeti Airlines Twin Otter Crash, a DHC-6 Twin Otter crashes during a go-around at Jumla Airport, Nepal. All nine passengers and crew are killed.
  • July 9 – S7 Airlines Flight 778, an Airbus A310, crashes into a concrete barricade at Irkutsk International Airport, Russia, upon landing and catches fire. Of the 203 people on board, 128 are killed.
  • July 10 – PIA Flight 688, a Fokker F27, crashes into a wheat field near Multan, Pakistan, ten minutes after taking off, killing all 41 passengers and four crew members on board.
  • July 28 – FedEx Flight 630, a McDonnell Douglas MD-10, crashes on landing at Memphis International Airport, Tennessee, after the left main landing gear collapses shortly after touchdown, all 3 crew members are seriously injured.
  • August 13 – Air Algérie Flight 2208, a Lockheed L 100 Hercules in Northern Italy crashes as a result of an autopilot malfunction. All three on board are killed.
  • August 22 – Pulkovo Aviation Enterprise Flight 612, a Tupolev Tu-154, crashes near Donetsk, Ukraine, killing all 170 people on board.
  • August 27– Comair Flight 5191, a Bombardier Canadair CRJ-100, crashes on takeoff at Blue Grass Airport, Kentucky, due to runway confusion; of the 50 people on board, only the first officer survives.
  • September1 – Iran Air Tours Flight 945, a Tupolev Tu-154, crashes while attempting to land in Mashad, Iran, killing 28 of 154 on board.
  • September 29 – Gol Transportes Aéreos Flight 1907, a Boeing 737-800, collides with an Embraer Legacy business jet and crashes in Mato Grosso, Brazil; the Embraer Legacy, with seven on board, lands safely with no reported injuries while all 154 people on board the Boeing 737 perish; this crash marks the first loss of a Boeing 737-800.
  • October 3 – Turkish Airlines Flight 1476, a Boeing 737, is hijacked in Greek airspace. Plane lands at Brindisi Airport, Italy. Hijacker is arrested. All 113 people on board survive.


The wreckage of Atlantic Airways Flight 670

  • October 10 – Atlantic Airways Flight 670, a BAe 146, slides off the runway at Stord Airport, Norway, due to hydroplaning and brake failure, killing four of the 16 people on board.
  • October 28 – Continental Airlines Flight 1883, a Boeing 757, accidentally lands on a taxiway at Newark Liberty International Airport, New Jersey, none of the 154 people onboard are injured.
  • October 29 – ADC Airlines Flight 53, a Boeing 737-200, crashes near Abuja, Nigeria, after encountering wind shear, killing 96 of the 105 people on board.


  • 23 accidents
  • fatal 16
  • 806 dead
  • January 1 – Adam Air Flight 574, a Boeing 737-400 with 102 people on board, crashes into the ocean off the island of Sulawesi in Indonesia, killing all on board in the worst ever crash involving the 737-400.
  • January 9 – An AerianTur-M Antonov An-26 crashes near Balad, Iraq, killing 34 of the 35 people on board. The official cause of the crash is poor weather conditions, but other sources claim that the plane was shot down by a missile.
  • January 24 – Air West Flight 612, a Boeing 737, is hijacked shortly after takeoff. The plane landed safely at N’Djamena International Airport, where the hijacker surrenders. All 103 people on board survive.
  • February 21 – Adam Air Flight 172, a Boeing 737-300, suffers structural damage while landing near Surabaya, Indonesia; none of the 149 people on board is seriously injured.


Burnt out wreckage of Garuda Indonesia Flight 200

  • March 7 – Garuda Indonesia Flight 200, a Boeing 737-400, overshoots the runway and crashes while landing at Yogyakarta, Indonesia, killing 21 of the 140 people on board.
  • March 17 – UTair Flight 471, a Tupolev Tu-134, suffers severe structural damage while landing in Samara, Russia, killing six of the 63 people on board.
  • March 23 – The 2007 Mogadishu TransAVIAexport Airlines Il-76 crash of an Ilyushin Il-76 near Mogadishu, Somalia, after being hit by a surface-to-air missile, kills all 11 on board; one passenger initially survives, but dies hours later.
  • May 5– Kenya Airways Flight 507, a Boeing 737-800 with 114 people on board, crashes near Douala, Cameroon, killing all on board.
  • June 3– In the 2007 Paramount Airlines Mil Mi-8 crash, a Mil Mi-8 helicopter crashes in Lungi, Sierra Leone, killing all 22 people on board.
  • June 21 – The 2007 Free Airlines L-410 crash shortly after takeoff from Kamina Town, Democratic Republic of Congo because of severe overloading, kills one and injures four of the 21 people on board.
  • June 25 – PMTair Flight 241, an Antonov An-24, crashes in southwestern Cambodia, killing all 22 on board.
  • June 28– In the 2007 TAAG Angola Airlines crash, a Boeing 737-200, D2-TBP, with 78 people on board, loses control while landing in M’banza-Kongo, Angola, killing at least six people on board and injuring an unknown number of others.


The wreckage of TAM Airlines Flight 3054

  • July 17– TAM Airlines Flight 3054, an Airbus A320, crashes at Congonhas-São Paulo Airport, Brazil, killing all 187 people on board and 12 on the ground.
  • August 9 – Air Moorea Flight 1121, a de Havilland Canada DHC-6, crashes into the lagoon of the island of Moorea in French Polynesia just 11 seconds after take off, killing all 20 on board.
  • August 20 – China Airlines Flight 120, a Boeing 737-800, bursts into flames after landing at Naha, Japan; none of the 165 passengers on board is seriously injured.
    August 26 – A Great Lakes Business Company Antonov An-32B crashes short of the runway after experiencing engine failure and attempting to return to Kongolo Airport in Kongolo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, killing 14 of the 15 people on board.
  • September 9 – Scandinavian Airlines Flight 1209, a de Havilland Canada Dash 8, experiences a landing gear failure in Aalborg, Denmark; none of the 73 people on board is seriously injured, but three days later, after a similar incident, the airline grounds the aircraft type.
  • September 12 – Scandinavian Airlines Flight 2748, a de Havilland Canada Dash 8, experiences a landing gear failure in Vilnius, Lithuania; none of the 52 people on board is injured, but because of a similar incident three days earlier, all their Dash 8s are grounded.
  • October 27 – Scandinavian Airlines Flight 2867, a de Havilland Canada Dash 8, experiences a landing gear failure in Copenhagen, Denmark; none of the 44 people on board is injured, but because of similar incidents in September, the airline “permanently” removes its Dash 8s from service; cause is eventually ascribed to maintenance error.


Crash scene of One-Two-Go Airlines Flight 269

  • September 16 – One-Two-GO Airlines Flight 269, a McDonnell Douglas MD-82 carrying 130 people, crashes and bursts into flames after attempting to land in Phuket, Thailand, during poor weather conditions, killing 90 people.
  • October 4– The 2007 Africa One Antonov An-26 crash into a residential area in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, shortly after taking off, kills at least 50 people, most of whom are on the ground.
  • November 30– Atlasjet Flight 4203, a McDonnell Douglas MD-83, crashes into a mountain near Isparta, Turkey, killing all 57 on board.
  • December 30 – TAROM Flight 3107, a Boeing 737-300, is written-off after hitting a maintenance car on the runway and veering off the runway during takeoff run at Henri Coandă International Airport, Otopeni, Romania; none of the 123 on board is injured.


  • 23 accidents
  • fatal 16
  • 529 dead


British Airways Flight 38

  • January 4– The 2008 Los Roques archipelago Transaven Let L-410 crash kills all 14 on board.
  • January 17 – British Airways Flight 38, a Boeing 777-200ER, lands short of the runway at London Heathrow Airport due to a fuel system problem; all 152 on board survive. This is the first loss of a Boeing 777-200ER, and the first loss of any 777 due to operational incident.
  • February 8 – Eagle Airways Flight 2279, a BAe Jetstream 32, is hijacked 10 minutes after taking off from Blenheim, New Zealand by a passenger who attacks both pilots. The hijacker is eventually restrained by the co-pilot and the flight lands safely at Christchurch. All nine on board survive the incident.
  • February 14 – Belavia Flight 1834, a Bombardier CRJ100, hits its left wing on the runway while taking off from Yerevan, Armenia. All 21 on board escape the aircraft before it erupts into flames.
  • February 21 – Santa Bárbara Airlines Flight 518, an ATR 42-300, crashes shortly after taking off from Mérida, Venezuela, killing all 46 on board.
  • April 3 – In the 2008 Suriname plane crash, an Antonov An-28 operated by Blue Wing Airlines crashes near Benzdorp in Suriname. All 19 on board are killed.
  • April 11– In the 2008 Chişinău Antonov An-32 crash, a Sudanese airline Antonov An-32 crashes when returning shortly after taking off from Chişinău International Airport, Moldova, for Turkey. All eight on board are killed.
  • April 15 – Hewa Bora Airways Flight 122, a McDonnell Douglas DC-9, crashes into a market near Goma, Democratic Republic of the Congo, killing 40 people, including three passengers.
  • May 26 – In the 2008 Chelyabinsk Antonov An-12 crash, a Moskovia Airlines Antonov An-12 crashes shortly after takeoff from Chelyabinsk Airport, Russia due to an onboard fire. All 9 crew members are killed.
  • May 30– TACA Flight 390, an Airbus A320, overruns the runway at Toncontín International Airport in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, killing five (including two on ground).
  • June 10 – Sudan Airways Flight 109, an Airbus A310, crashes at Khartoum International Airport and breaks apart, catching fire. 30 deaths are confirmed, six passengers are listed as missing.
  • July 7 – Centurion Air Cargo Flight 164, a Boeing 747-200BSF operated by Kalitta Air crashes shortly after taking off from Bogota’s El Dorado International Airport, Colombia due to an engine failure. All eight crew survive, but two on the ground are killed.
  • July 25 – Qantas Flight 30, a Boeing 747-400 en route from Hong Kong to Melbourne, performs an emergency descent and lands in Manila after a hull penetration results in rapid decompression; all aboard survive.
  • August 20 – Spanair Flight 5022, a McDonnell Douglas MD-82 crashes on takeoff at Barajas Airport in Madrid, Spain. Of the 172 people on board, 154 are killed.
  • August 24 – In the 2008 Aéreo Ruta Maya crash, a Cessna 208 Caravan crashes 45 minutes after takeoff from La Aurora International Airport, Guatemala en route to El Estor, Guatemala. 11 of the 14 passengers and crew are killed.
  • August 24 – Iran Aseman Airlines Flight 6895, a Boeing 737, crashes just after takeoff from Manas Airport in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. 68 of the 90 passengers and crew on board are killed.
  • August 27 – Sriwijaya Air Flight 62, a Boeing 737-200 overruns the runway at Sultan Thaha Airport, Indonesia during a landing attempt, resulting in 26 injuries (14 of them serious). One person on the ground later dies from their injuries.
  • August 30 – In the 2008 Conviasa Boeing 737 crash, a Boeing 737-200 crashes into Illiniza, Ecuador whilst en route to Cotopaxi International Airport, Ecuador. All three on board are killed.
  • September 14 – Aeroflot Flight 821, a Boeing 737, crashes on approach to Perm Airport from Moscow due to pilot error, killing all 88 people on board in the worst ever accident involving the Boeing 737-500.
  • October 7 – Qantas Flight 72, an Airbus A330-300, makes an emergency landing in Exmouth, Australia, following a rapid descent that leaves over 70 people injured, 14 of them seriously.
  • October 8– Yeti Airlines Flight 103, a de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter, crashes 60 nmi (110 km) from Mt Everest, Nepal, killing 18 of 19 people on board.
  • November 10 – Ryanair Flight 4102, a Boeing 737 suffers up to 90 bird strikes on its final approach to Rome Ciampino Airport, damaging landing gear and both engines. Lands safely; 10 of the 172 on board are treated for minor injuries.
  • November 27 – XL Airways Germany Flight 888T, an Airbus A320 crashes into the Mediterranean Sea on approach into Perpignan-Rivesaltes Airport, France. All seven on board are killed.
  • December 20 – Continental Airlines Flight 1404, a Boeing 737-500 with 115 people on board, veers off the runway upon takeoff from Denver International Airport, comes to rest in a ravine near the runway and catches fire; 38 people are injured.




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