These are the top 5 worst plane wrecks of all time.
#1? well you may have guessed this one.
#1 9/11 terrorist hijacking. The known casualty count is at almost 3000 people here that were killed either in the plane or on the ground – 2907 dead from known reports
|Date:||September 11, 2001|
|Location:||New York, NY
New York, NY
|Fatalities:||265 : 265 +2583|
American Airlines, Flight 11, a Boeing 767, Boston to Los Angeles, hits the north tower of the World Trade Center in New York City on September 11th.
United Airlines, Flight 175, a Boeing 767, on a scheduled flight from Boston to Los Angeles, crashes into the south tower of the World Trade Center in New York.
American Airlines, Flight 77, a Boeing 757, Washington D.C. to Los Angeles, moments after crashing into the Pentagon.
Wreckage of United Airlines Flight 93, a Boeing 757, Newark to San Francisco, crashed near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
#2 Pan Am B747 in 1977 Tenerife, Canary Islands – 583 dead
The remains of a Pan Am B747 (top) and KLM B747 (bottom) in Tenerife, Canary Islands in the second worst aviation disaster in history, which killed a total of 583 people. The KLM 747 collided with a Pan Am 747 after the captain of the KLM plane started his takeoff roll without clearance.
|Date:||August 12, 1985|
|Location:||Mt. Osutaka, near Ueno Village, Japan|
|Airline:||Japan Air Lines|
|Fatalities:||524 : 520|
|The wreckage of a Japan Airlines Boeing 747 that crashed on Mt. Osutaka, Japan. Five-hundred twenty people out of 524 aboard were killed. Improper repairs by Boeing after a tail strike 7 years earlier, led to a rupture of the pressure bulkhead and loss of all controls.|
|Date:||November 12, 1996|
|Location:||Near Charkhidadri, India|
|Aircraft:||Boeing B-747-168B / Ilyushin IL-76TD|
|Reg:||HZ-AIH / UN-76435|
|Airline:||Saudi Arabian Airlines / Kazastan Airlines|
|Flight No:||763 / 1907|
|Fatalities:||349 : 349|
|The remains of a Saudi Arabian Airlines Boeing 747 after a midair collision with a Kazastan Airlines Ilyushin 76 over New Delhi, India resulting in the loss of 349 lives. Reports vary but a misunderstanding of directions between the ATC and the Ilyushin 76 plane seems to have led to the accident.|
|Date:||March 03, 1974|
|Location:||Near Ermenonville, France|
|Aircraft:||McDonnell Douglas DC-10-10|
|Fatalities:||346 : 346|
Not many pieces of wreckage larger than 3 feet long could be found after a Turkish Airlines DC-10 crashed into a forest at a high rate of speed at Ermenonville, France. A defective latching mechanism on the cargo door caused it to fail in flight resulting in decompression and loss of all hydraulic control