The 10 deadliest plane crashes in history
Planes remain the safest way to travel. But when they do crash, it is as spectacular as it is tragic. Here are the 10 deadliest air crashes in history.
The DC-8 operated by Nationair
11 July 1991: A Nigeria Airways DC-8 (operated by Nationair) crashed shortly after take-off from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia—261 victims.
An A300B operated by China Airlines
26 April 1994: A China Airlines A300 crashed at Nagoya airport, Japan—264 victims.
An A300 operated by American Airlines
12 November 2001: An American Airlines A300 crashed shortly after take-off from New York—265 victims.
The DC-10's engine
25 May 1979: An American Airlines DC-10 crashed shortly after take-off from Chicago due to engine failure—273 victims.
Another Iranian Il-76 model
19 February 2003: An Iran Air Il-76 crashed as it approached Kerman airport in Iran—275 victims.
A Saudi Tristar
19 August 1980: A Saudia L-1011 TriStar at Riyadh airport in Saudi Arabia went up in flames—301 victims.
Pieces found during the search in the Ermenonville forest
3 March 1974: A Turkish Airlines DC-10 crashes in the Ermenonville forest, France, following an opening in the cargo hold and depressurisation—346 victims.
Saudi Arabia's 747 involved in the accident
12 November 1996: A collision between a Saudia 747 and a Kazakhstan Airlines Il-76 at New Delhi airport—349 victims.
The JAL 747 a year before the accident
12 August 1985: A Japan Airlines 747 crashed between Tokyo and Osaka due to depressurisation—520 victims.
Aircraft wrecks on the tarmac
27 March 1977: At Tenerife airport in Spain, a KLM 747 collided with a PanAm 747—583 victims.