Lufthansa plane crashes

The following are significant events involving the airline or its subsidiares. The numbered events are those involving at least one airline passenger death where the aircraft flight had a direct or indirect role, and where at least one of the dead passengers was not a stowaway, hijacker, or saboteur. Only events since 1970 are included.

  1. 20 November 1974; Lufthansa 747-100; D-ABYB; flight LH540; Nairobi, Kenya: The aircraft was not properly configured for takeoff and stalled shortly after becoming airborne, crashing about 3600 feet (1100 meters) beyond the end of the runway. The crash killed 55 of the 140 passengers and four of the 17 crew members.

  2. 2 January 1988; Condor 737-200; D-ABHD; flight 3782; Izmir, Turkey: The Condor flight (at the time, a subsidiary of Lufthansa), was on a non-scheduled international flgiht from Stuttgart, Germany when it crashed during approach to Adnan Airport in Izmir, Turkey. The aircraft struck high ground about 10.5 kilometers from the runway near Seferihisar, Turkey. The probable cause of the accident was the use of incorrect navigational aids during approach. All five crew members and 11 passengers were killed.

  3. 14 September 1993; Lufthansa A320-200; D-AIPN; flight LH2904; Warsaw Airport, Poland: The aircraft was on a scheduled international flight from Frankfurt, Germany to Warsaw, Poland, and during the approach the aircraft encountered windshear conditions which resulted in a tail wind during landing. Ground spoliers and engine thrust reversers were not engaged until both main landing gear were in contact with the ground, and because this did not occur until about 1500 meters past the runway threshold, this led to a late deployment of these braking devices. The aircraft overran the runway, hit an embankment and other structures, and caught fire. One of the six crew members and one of the 64 passengers were killed.

    27 July 2010; Lufthansa; MD-11F; flight 8460; Riyadh, Saudi Arabia: The aircraft was on a cargo flight from Frankfurt, Germany to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia had a landing accident that fractured the fuselage. The two crew members survived.

    This plane crash was a cargo flight without passengers, and is not a fatal event as defined by, but is included because of the seriousness of the event.

  4. 24 March 2015; Germanwings A320-200; D-AIPX; flight 4U9525; near Barcelonnette, France: The aircraft was on a scheduled international flight from Barcelona, Spain to Düsseldorf, Germany. About a half hour after takeoff, while at a cruising altitude of 38,000 feet, the aircraft began losing altitude, and crashed about ten minutes later. All six crew members and 144 passengers were killed.
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Lufthansa plane crashes -- Revised: 27 January 2017