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A look at world's deadliest air disasters

10 March 2014, 16:04

Kuala Lumpur - A Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 disappeared from air traffic control screens over waters between Malaysia and Vietnam early on Saturday, leaving the fates of the 239 people aboard in doubt. A look at some of the world's deadliest air disasters:

3 June 2012: Dana Air MD-83 jet crashes into residential area of Nigeria's largest city, Lagos, killing all 153 people aboard.

20 April 2012: Bhoja Air Boeing 737 crashes in wheat fields near Islamabad, Pakistan while trying to land during thunder storm, killing 127 people.

9 January 2011: Iran Air Boeing 727 breaks to pieces on impact in northwestern Iran, 77 dead.

12 May 2010: Afriqiyah Airways plane en route to Tripoli, Libya, from Johannesburg, South Africa, crashes into the desert less than a kilometre from the runway, killing 103 people.

10 April 2010: The plane of Polish President Lech Kaczynski crashes outside the western Russian city of Smolensk, killing all 96 aboard.

30 June 2009: Yemenia Airbus 310 en route to the Comoros Islands crashes into the Indian Ocean with 153 people on board.

1 June 2009: Air France Airbus A330 runs into thunderstorms and crashes into Atlantic Ocean en route from Rio de Janeiro to Paris, killing 228 people on board.

19 February 2003: Iranian Revolutionary Guard military plane crashes into a mountain, 275 dead.

25 May 2002: China Airlines Boeing 747 breaks apart midair and crashes into the Taiwan Strait, 225 dead.

12 November 2001: American Airlines Airbus A300 crashes after takeoff from JFK Airport into the New York City borough of Queens, 265 dead, including people on the ground.

31 October 1999: EgyptAir Boeing 767 crashes off Nantucket; the NTSB blames actions by the co-pilot, 217 dead.

2 September 1998: Swissair MD-11 crashes off Nova Scotia, 229 dead.

16 February 1998: China Airlines Airbus A300 crashes on landing at airport in Taipei, Taiwan, 203 dead.

26 September 1997: Garuda Indonesia Airbus A300 crashes near airport in Medan, Indonesia, 234 dead.

6 August 1997: Korean Air Boeing 747-300 crashes on landing in Guam, 228 dead.

12 November 1996: Saudi Boeing 747 collides with Kazakh cargo plane near New Delhi, 349 dead.

17 July 1996: TWA Boeing 747 explodes and crashes into the Atlantic off Long Island, New York, 230 dead.

26 April 1994: China Airlines Airbus A300 crashes on landing at Nagoya Airport in Japan, 264 dead.

12 December 1985: Arrow Air DC-8 crashes after takeoff from Newfoundland, Canada, 256 dead.

12 August 1985: Japan Air Lines Boeing 747 crashes into a mountainside after losing part of its tail fin, 520 dead in the world's worst single-plane disaster.

19 August 1980: Saudi Tristar makes emergency landing in Riyadh and bursts into flames, 301 dead.

28 November 1979: Air New Zealand DC-10 crashes into Antarctica's Mount Erebus during sightseeing flight over the icy wilderness, 257 dead.

25 May 1979: American Airlines DC-10 crashes after takeoff from Chicago's O'Hare Airport, 275 dead.

1 January 1978: Air India 747 crashes into the ocean after takeoff from Mumbai, 213 dead.

27 March 1977: KLM 474, Pan American 747 collide on runway in Tenerife, Canary Islands, 583 dead in world's worst airline disaster.

- AP


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