Recent plane crashes
The following are recent plane crashes involving airliners, as well as other significant safety or security events that affect airline travel. Numbered events involve the death of at least one passenger, and all events meet significance criteria set by AirSafe.com
The list of recent crashes follows the table of links to other plane crash pages.
Additional plane crash pages
- 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.
The investigative authorities suspect that the first officer deliberately crashed the aircraft.
All six crew members and 144 passengers were killed.
More details on the Germanwings crash
Lufthansa plane crashes
A320 plane crashes
Flight 9525 Wikipedia entry
Airliners deliberately crashed by a flight crew member
Early stage of the accident investigation
5 March 2015; Ryan ST3KR Recruit; N53178; Santa Monica, CA: Actor Harrison Ford was the pilot and sole occupant of a Ryan ST3KR Recruit, a two-seat, open cockpit aircraft that was used extensively as a training aircraft by the US military in WWII. According to a preliminary report from the NTSB, Ford reported a loss of engine power shortly after taking off from the Santa Monica airport, and was attempting to return to runway 3 at Santa Monica.
Ford chose to land on a nearby golf course, clipping the top of a tree before landing. The aircraft was seriously damage, and Ford was hospitalized with serious injuries. This was Harrison Ford's third crash involving an airplane or a helicopter.
Plane crashes involving Harrison Ford
Celebrity plane crashes
5 March 2015; Delta Air Lines MD88; N909DL; flight DL1086; New York, NY: The aircraft was on a scheduled domestic flight between Atlanta and New York's La Guardia Airport, and had a landing excursion that led to an emergency evacuation. The aircraft landed on runway 13 and departed to the left side of the runway, coming to rest on a dike that separated the runway area from the waters of Flushing Bay. At the time of the event, it had been snowing, with freezing fog conditions and below freezing temperatures. The aircraft was also affected by both a crosswind and a tailwind during the landing. An A319 that had preceded the Delta jet had reported good braking action on runway 13. None of the 125 passengers or five crew members were seriously injured.
MD80 plane crashes
Other Delta plane crashes
- 4 February 2015; TransAsia Airways ATR 72-600; B-22816; flight GE235; near Magong, Taiwan:
The aircraft was on a scheduled domestic flight between Taipei and Kinmen Island, Taiwan.
The airplane crashed into a river shortly after takeoff from Songshan Airport in Taipei.
The aircraft hit a bridge, as well as a vehicle on that bridge, before plunging into the Keelung River.
Shortly before hitting the bridge, the aircraft rolled sharply to the left.
Four of the five crew members, including both pilots, and 39 of 53 passengers were killed.
The two people who were in the vehicle were both injured.
This was the second fatal plane crash in less than a year for TransAsia Airways. Having two or more plane crashes in less than a year has happened over 35 times since 1970.
ATR 72 plane crashes
Flight GE235 Wikipedia entry
Other TransAsia Airways plane crashes
- 28 December 2014; AirAsia A320-216; PK-AXC; flight QZ8501; Java Sea:
The aircraft was on a scheduled international flight between Surabaya, Indonesia and Singapore, and contact was lost while the airliner was en route.
Shortly before contact was lost, the crew requested an altitude change and a deviation from their planned route in order to avoid weather.
There were no survivors from among the 155 passengers and seven crew members.
Other A320 crashes
31 October 2014; Scaled Composites; Model 339 (SpaceShipTwo); N339SS; near Cantil, CA: The vehicle, which is designed to fly into the lower reaches of space (above 100 km above Earth) was on its first powered test flight with a new engine fuel and oxidizer combination (nylon and nitrous oxide). SpaceShipTwo was dropped from its carrier vehicle at about 45,000 feet, and ignited its engine.
Roughly two minutes after release, the vehicle experienced an inflight breakup. One of the two crew members was killed, and the other was able to bail out of the vehicle and was injured.
Prior to the accident flight, there had been the 54 test flights of SpaceShipTwo, of which 34 involved a release from the carrier aircraft, including three powered flights.
Scaled Composites, which conducted the flight test, is a partner of Virgin Galactic, which had planned on using SpaceShipTwo to take passengers on suborbital trips into space in the near future.
Review of NTSB accident investigation findings
Space flight related deaths
Fatal events involving NASA astronauts
7 October 2014; California Dept of Forestry and Fire Protection; Marsh S-2F3AT Turbo Tracker; N449DF; near Foresta, CA: The fire-fighting aircraft, which was based at Hollister Air Attack Base, CA impacted a forested hillside during a fire suppression operation near the Yosemite National Forest, California. The pilot, and sole crew member, was killed.
13 August 2014; AF Andrade Empreendimentos e Participações Cessna 560XLS+ Citation Excel; PR-AFA; Guarujá, Brazil: The aircraft was approaching Guarujá Airport after a charter flight from Santos Dumont Airport in Rio de Janeiro, and crashed into a residential area about 4.3 km fro the runway. Both pilot and all five passengers were killed. Among the passengers were a candidate for president of Brazil, Eduardo Campos, his wife, and one of their five children. This event also raises policy issues for democracies.
10 August 2014; Sepahan Airlines HESA IrAn 140; EP-GPA; flight 217; near Nardaran, Azerbaijan: The aircraft was on a scheduled domestic flight from Tehran to Tabas, Iran. The aircraft crashed shortly after takeoff, resulting in 39 fatalities among the eight crew members and 40 passengers. All five crew members and18 passengers were killed.
Flight 217 Wikipedia entry
- 24 July 2014; Air Algerie MD83; EC-LTV; flight AH5017; near Gossi, Mali:
The aircraft was on a scheduled international flight from Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso and Algiers, Algeria.
The airplane contacted air traffic control about 50 minutes after takeoff, requesting a course change due to weather conditions.
The aircraft crashed in the area of Gossi, Mali.
All six crew members and 110 passengers were killed.
MD80 series plane crashes
Flight AH5017 Wikipedia entry
- 23 July 2014; TransAsia Airways ATR 72-500; B-22810; flight GE222; near Magong, Taiwan:
The aircraft was on a scheduled domestic flight between Kaohsiung and Magong, Taiwan.
The airplane crashed into a residential area near the airport during a go around following an attempted landing at Magong, Taiwan, which is on Penghu island.
All four crew members and 44 of the 54 passengers were killed. At least five people on the ground were also injured.
There was heavy rain in the area at the time of the crash.
ATR 72 plane crashes
Flight GE222 Wikipedia entry
- 17 July 2014; Malaysia Airlines 777-200ER; 9M-MRD; flight MH17; near Grabovo, Ukraine:
The aircraft was on a scheduled international flight between Amsterdam, the Netherlands and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The aircraft in cruise at about 33,000 feet when it experienced a catastrophic in flight breakup.
All 283 passengers and 15 crew members were killed.
Visit the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 page for additional information, including links to articles and interviews of Dr. Todd Curtis of AirSafe.com
- 24 June 2014; Pakistan International Airlines (PIA); A310-300; AP-BGN; flight PK756; Peshawar, Pakistan
The aircraft was on a scheduled international flight from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Peshawar, Pakistan, when it was struck by several bullets shortly before landing.
Two cabin crew members and one passenger were hit, and the passenger died of her injuries.
There were no other injuries among the 10 other crew members or 177 other passengers.
PIA plane crashes
- 8 March 2014; Malaysia Airlines 777-200; 9M-MRO; flight MH370; unknown location:
The aircraft was on a scheduled international flight between Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and Beijing, China and went missing while en route.
The current status and location of the aircraft, along with that of the 227 passengers and 12 crew members who were on board, is unknown.
Visit the Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 page for additional information, including links to articles and interviews of Dr. Todd Curtis of AirSafe.com
- 16 February 2014; Nepal Airlines DHC-6 Twin Otter 300; 9N-ABB; flight 183; en route between Pokhara and Jumla, Nepal:
The aircraft was on a scheduled domestic flight from Pokhara to Jumla, Nepal. Radio contact was lost about 30 minutes after takeoff.
The crashed aircraft was found the next day, and all three crew members and 15 passengers had been killed.
Flight 183 Wikipedia entry
30 June 2015; Indonesia Air Force C130B; A-1310; Medan, Indonesia, AK:
The aircraft was on a nonscheduled domestic flight from Medan to Tanjung Pinang and crashed into a residential neighborhood shortly after takeoff.
The aircraft had a crew of 12 and 101 civilian passengers.
The crew had reportedly requested a return to the departure airport.
The passengers were military family members and the aircraft who were headed to Tanjung Pinang for Ramadan related activities.
25 June 2015; Promech Air; DeHavilland DHC-3T Turbine Otter; N270PA; near Near Ketchikan, AK: The aircraft was on an unscheduled excursion flight in the area of the Misty Fjords National Monument, and crashed into an area of steep, mountainous terrain. The pilot and all eight passengers were killed. The passengers were from a cruise ship, and were on a sightseeing flight.
22 June 2015; Short S312 Tucano T; N206PZ; near Ojai, CA: Composer James Horner, who created music for over 150 movies, including "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan," "48 Hrs.," and "Aliens," and who won two Oscars for his work in "Titanic," was killed in the crash of his Short Tucano in southern California. Horner was the only person on the aircraft.
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Celebrity plane crashes
29 March 2015; Air Canada A320-200; C-FTJP; flight AC624; near Halifax, Canada: The aircraft was on a scheduled domestic flight from Toronto to Halifax, Canada. At the time the aircraft entered the Halifax area, visibility was limited due to both darkness and snowfall, and the aircraft entered a holding pattern before attempting a landing. During final approach, the aircraft touched down about 300 meters short of the runway, apparently hitting a combination of power lines and a localizer array before sliding onto the runway. The aircraft slid down the runway about 1000 meters, coming to rest just off the left side of the runway.
Damage to the aircraft included collapsed main and nose landing gear, both engines severely damaged, with the left engine sheared off, separated radome, and damage to the wings, stabilizers, and underside of the fuselage. While there was a fuel leak, there was no post crash fire. There were no severe injuries among the five crew members and 133 passengers.
Air Canada plane crashes
A320 plane crashes
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