A grim discovery in the waters off Indonesia on Tuesday dealt a heartbreaking blow to families whose loved ones were lost on AirAsia Flight QZ8501. The flight, which was lost Sunday on its way to Singapore, was carrying 155 passengers and seven crew members. 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– A China Airlines 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 -– A TWA 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.
September 26, 1997– A Garuda Indonesia Airlines Airbus A300 crashes in Buah Nabar, Indonesia, killing 234 people.
February 16, 1998 -- Flying through rain and fog, a China Airlines Airbus 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.
September 2, 1998 -- A Swissair MD-11 crashes off Nova Scotia, Canada, killing 229. Investigators believe the plane lost all electrical power immediately before the crash.
November 12, 2001 -- An American Airlines 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.
May 25, 2002 -- A China Airlines Boeing 747 crashes into the Taiwan Strait 20 minutes after takeoff, killing all 225 on board.
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.
April 20, 2012 -- A commercial airplane carrying 127 people crashes in Islamabad, Pakistan, just before it was to land at a nearby airport, killing everyone on board.
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.
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.