Chronology of major air crashes in China and the world

Agence France-Presse
Chronology of some of China's and the world's worst air crashes

BEIJING, China – The disappearance on March 8, Saturday, of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, a Boeing 777-200 from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people aboard, including 153 Chinese, could prove to be one of China’s biggest air disasters.

Following is a chronology of some of China’s and the world’s worst air crashes.


April 15: An Air China plane from Beijing crashes near Busan in South Korea, leaving 129 dead but 37 are pulled out of the Boeing 767-200.

May 7: All 112 people on board a China Northern Airlines MD-80 die when it plunges into the sea en route from Beijing to Dalian in the northeast.

June 6: A China Northwest Airlines Tupolev TU-154 crashes after take-off near the northern city of Xian, killing all 160 people on board.

July 31: A China General Aviation Yakovlev 42D crashes after takeoff from the eastern city of Nanjing, killing 107 of 126 people on board.

November 24: A China Southern Airlines Boeing 737-300 crashes while descending to the southern city of Guilin. All 141 people on board die.


October 2: A total of 128 people die after a hijacked Xiamen Airlines flight lands in the southern city of Guangzhou and hits two other aircraft on the ground, including one waiting to take off.

January 18: A China Southwest Airlines Ilyushin 18D catches fire on approach in the southwestern city of Chongqing, killing all 108 people on board.

April 26: All 112 people aboard a CAAC from flight Guangzhou to Guilin die when a Hawker Siddeley HS-121 Trident 2E crashes into a mountain southeast of Guilin.


August 12: A Boeing 747 belonging to Japan Airlines and flying from Tokyo to Osaka crashes into a mountainside, killing 520 people, the world’s second-worst air diaster.

March 27: Two Boeing 747s collide on the runway at Tenerife in the Canary Islands, killing 583 people, the world’s worst air disaster.

November 12: A Saudi Airlines Boeing 747 passenger plane and a Kazakh Ilyushin 76 transport jet collide in mid-air over Charkhi Dadri in northern India, killing 349 people, the world’s third worst air disaster.

November 12: An American Airlines Airbus A300 crashes in the New York borough of Queens shortly after taking off, killing all 260 on board and five people on the ground.

May 25: A China Airlines Boeing 747 crashes 50 kilometres off Taiwan, killing 225

June 1: An Air France Airbus A330 crashes in the sea between Brazil and France, killing all 228 on board –

Sources: AFP reports, Aviation Safety Network website

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