Published On: Jul 08 2013 11:35:27 AM EDTUpdated On: Mar 24 2015 10:59:50 AM EDT
Authorities say a commercial airline with 150 people on board crashed in the French Alps on Tuesday. Take a look at the deadliest plane crashes in history.
March 3, 1974 -– 346 people are killed when a Turkish Airlines (DC-10) crashes in Bois d' Ermenonville, France.
March 27, 1977 -– A KLM Royal Dutch Airlines Boeing 747 crashes into a Pan American World Airways Boeing 747 at the Los Rodeos Airport at Tenerife in the Canary Islands, killing 574 people (326 passengers on the Pan American airplane and all 234 passengers plus 14 crew members on the KLM plane).
May 25, 1979 -– An American Airlines DC-10 crashes after takeoff from Chicago O'Hare International Airport, killing 275 on board and three on the ground.
November 28, 1979–- An Air New Zealand DC -10 crashes into Mt. Erebus in Antarctica, killing 257 people. The crash is believed to be the result of a navigational error.
August 12, 1985– The largest number of deaths in a single commercial airplane crash occurs when a Japan Air Lines Boeing 747 crashes into Mt. Ogura in Japan, killing 520 people.
May 26, 1991– Twelve minutes after takeoff, Lauda Air Boeing 767 Flight 004 stalls in midair and crashes 70 miles northwest of Bangkok, Thailand. All 223 passengers and crew are killed.
July 11, 1991 -– The landing gear of a Nigerian Airways DC-8 catches on fire shortly after takeoff. Upon return to the airport, the plane crashes, killing all 261 people on board.
April 26, 1994– China Airlines Flight 140, an Airbus A300, crashes on approach to Nagoya Airport, Japan, killing 264 people. Just before the crash, the pilot informs the control tower that he intends to abort the landing and try another approach.
July 17, 1996 --TWA Flight 800, a Boeing 747, explodes and crashes off the coast of Long Island, N.Y., killing 230 people.
November 12, 1996– A Saudi Arabian Airlines 747 and a Kazakhstan Airlines II-76 collide at the New Delhi, India, airport. All 349 people on both planes are killed.
August 6, 1997– A Korean Airlines Boeing 747 crashes in the Guam jungle, killing 228 people.
February 16, 1998 -- Flying through rain and fog, China Airlines Flight 676 makes a request for another landing approach at Taipei International Airport in Taiwan. In the process of turning around, the aircraft crashes into a neighborhood, killing all 196 on board and another seven on the ground. Pictured is a China Airlines Airbus A300-600 similar to the one used on Flight 676.
September 2, 1998 -- Swissair Flight 111 crashes off Nova Scotia, Canada, killing 229. Investigators believe the plane, a McDonnell Douglas MD-11, lost all electrical power immediately before the crash. Here, the aircraft involved in the accident is seen at Zurich Airport in July 1998, two months before the crash.
November 12, 2001 -- American Airlines Flight 587, an Airbus A300, crashes in Belle Harbor, Queens, shortly after takeoff from JFK Airport, killing 265 people, including five on the ground. This is the second largest number of fatalities from an accident involving a U.S. carrier.
June 1, 2009 -- Air France Flight 447 from Rio de Janeiro to Paris carrying 228 passengers and crew is lost over the Atlantic. The first bodies aren't recovered until five days later, approximately 600 miles off the northern coast of Brazil.
June 3, 2012 -- Dana Air Flight 992 crashes into a furniture works and printing press building near the airport in Lagos, Nigeria, killing all 153 people on board and 10 more on the ground in the deadliest plane crash of 2012. The aircraft involved in the accident is seen here in Murtala Muhammed International Airport in 2009.
July 17, 2014 -- Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 is shot down by a ground-to-air missile over battle-torn eastern Ukraine, killing all 298 people on board. Pro-Russian separatists are accused of firing the missile.