TAM plane crashes since 1970

The following events are those involving at least one passenger death where the aircraft flight had a direct or indirect role. Excluded would be events where the only passengers killed were stowaways, hijackers, or saboteurs. The numbered events involve passenger flights operated by the airline where at least one passenger was killed.

  1. 8 February 1979; Transportes Aéreos Regionais (TAM) Embraer Bandeirante; PT-SBB; Bauru, Brazil: This aircraft crashed shortly after takeoff on a scheduled domestic flight to São Paulo. Both crew members and all 16 passengers were killed.

  2. 7 October 1983; Transportes Aéreos Regionais (TAM) Embraer Bandeirante; PP-SBH; Araçatuba, Brazil: This aircraft was on a scheduled domestic flight from Campo Grande to Araçatuba and crashed into level ground in a severe rain storm during the approach. Both crew members and five of the 13 passengers were killed.

    28 June 1984; Transportes Aéreos Regionais (TAM) Embraer Bandeirante; PP-SBC; near São Pedro da'Aldeia, Brazil: This aircraft had an en route mishap during an unscheduled domestic charter flight from Rio de Janeiro to Macaé. Because this was not an airline flight, this was not considered a numbered event Both crew members and all 16 passengers were killed.

  3. 12 February 1990; Transportes Aéreos Regionais (TAM) Fokker Friendship F27; PT-LCG; São Paulo, Brazil: This aircraft was on a scheduled domestic flight from São Paulo to Bauru. The aircraft landed well down the runway and at a higher than normal speed. The crew attempted to reject the landing and go around, but were unable to get the engines to develop sufficient thrust. The aircraft collided with a car and other objects about 600 meters outside of the airport. One of the three crew members and one of the 41 passengers were killed. Two people in a car were also killed.

  4. 31 October 1996; Transportes Aéreos Regionais (TAM) Fokker 100; PT-MRK; flight 402; São Paulo, Brazil: The aircraft banked sharply to the right and crashed into a residential area shortly after takeoff on a scheduled domestic flight from São Paulo to Rio de Janeiro. Evidence suggests that there was an uncommanded deployment of the thrust reverser on the right engine. All of the 90 passengers and six crew members were killed. Also killed were three people on the ground.
    Fokker 100 plane crashes

  5. 9 July 1997; Transportes Aéreos Regionais (TAM) Fokker 100; PT-WHK; flight 283; near São Jose dos Campos, Brazil: The aircraft was on a scheduled domestic flight from São Jose dos Campos to São Paulo and experienced an explosion shortly after takeoff in the rear of the passenger cabin, blowing one passenger out of the aircraft. The explosion was of undetermined origin and blew out about a 10 by 5 foot (3 by 1.5 meter) section of the right rear of the fuselage. One passenger died as a result of either the explosion or the 7900 foot (2400 meter) fall. Six of the 54 other passengers were injured, and none of the five crew members were killed.
    Fokker 100 plane crashes

  6. 15 September 2001; TAM Linhas Aéreas Fokker 100; PT-MRNs; flight 9755; near Belo Horizonte, Brazil: The aircraft was on a scheduled domestic flight from Recife to São Paulo when the right engine of the aircraft broke up while in cruise at around 30,000 feet (9,140 meters) while enroute from Recifie to São Paulo. Pieces of the engine shattered two cabin windows and caused a cabin depressurization. None of the six crew members were killed, but one of the 82 passengers was killed as a result of the depressurization.
    Fokker 100 plane crashes

  7. 17 July 2007; TAM Linhas Aéreas A320-200; PR-MBK; flight 3054; São Paulo, Brazil: The aircraft was on a scheduled domestic flight from Porto Alegre (POA) to the Congohas Airport in São Paulo (CGH). According to the airline, one of the two thrust reversers had been deactivated prior to the flight. The aircraft landed at a higher than normal speed and departed the runway. After the aircraft crossed a major road to the left of the runway, it crashed into a concrete building and caught fire. All six crew members and 181 passengers were killed, as well as several people on the ground.
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TAM plane crashes since 1970
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