Airbus A300 plane crashes

The following are significant events involving the aircraft model. The numbered events are those involving at least one 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.

  1. 27 June 1976; Air France A300; F-BVGG; flight AF139; Entebbe, Uganda: While on a scheduled international flight from Athens to Paris, the aircraft was hijacked by four persons, including two members of the German Baader-Meinhof Gang. The aircraft was diverted to Benghazi, Libya, and then later was flown to Entebbe. All but 94 passengers were released shortly after the hijacking and the remainder were kept at Entebbe. These hostages were eventually rescued in a commando raid by Israeli military forces. All 12 crew members survived, and three of the original 258 passengers were killed during the rescue mission, and a fourth, who was hospitalized away from the airport at the time of the rescue mission, was apparently killed after the rescue. The four hijackers and one of the commandos were also killed.

  2. 4 December 1984; Kuwait Airways A300-600; 9K-AHG; Tehran, Iran The aircraft was on a scheduled international flight from Dubai, UAE to Karachi, Pakistan when it was commandeered by four hijackers and diverted to Tehran, Iran. Sometime over the next six days, the hijackers beat and tortured several of the 153 passengers, killing two of them. The hijacking ended on 9 December 1984 when Iranian security forces took over the plane. None of the eight crew members were killed.

  3. 3 July 1988; Iranair A300B2-203; Persian Gulf, near Straits of Hormuz: Aircraft was shot down by a surface to air missile from the American naval vessel U.S.S. Vincennes. All 16 crew and 274 passengers were killed.

  4. 28 September 1992; Pakistan International Airlines A300B4-203; near Katmandu, Nepal: The crew was flying the aircraft was flying an approach about 1300 feet (400 meters) lower than planned when the aircraft collided with high ground. The event happened in daylight and with cloud shrouding the mountains. All 12 crew and 155 passengers were killed

  5. 26 April 1994; China Airlines Airbus A300B4-622R; flight 140; Nagoya, Japan: Crew errors during a go-around procedure led to the aircraft stalling and crashing during approach. All 15 crew members and 249 of the 256 passengers were killed.
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  6. 24 December 1994; Air France A300; F-GBEC; flight AF8969; Algiers Airport, Algeria: The aircraft, which was on a scheduled international flight from Algiers, Algeria and Paris, France, was hijacked at Algiers by four members of the GIA (Groupe Islamique Armee). The aircraft was flown to Marseille two days later. Hijackers killed three of the 209 passengers. Later, commandos retook the aircraft and killed four hijackers. All 12 crew members survived.

  7. 26 September 1997; Garuda Indonesia Airways A300B4-200; PK-GAI; flight 152; near Medan, Indonesia: The aircraft was on a scheduled domestic flight from Jakarta to Medan, Indonesia. As a result of confusing instructions from air traffic control, the crew executed an incorrect approach. The aircraft later crashed in a mountainous area about 19 miles (30 km) from the airport. Extensive smoke and haze from numerous forest fires caused reduced visibility in the area. All 12 crew members and 222 passengers were killed.
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  8. 16 February 1998; China Airlines A300-622R; flight 676; near Taipei, Taiwan: The aircraft crashed into a residential area short of the runway during its second landing attempt. The scheduled flight had been inbound from the island of Bali in Indonesia. The event occurred under conditions of darkness with rain and reduced visibility due to fog. The investigation cited pilot error as the cause of the crash. All 14 crew and 182 passengers were killed. Also, seven persons on the ground were also killed.
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  9. 24 December 1999; Indian Airlines A300B2-101; near Katmandu, Nepal: The flight was hijacked shortly after takeoff. The hijackers killed one of the 173 passengers, but none of the 11 crew members.

  10. 12 November 2001; American Airlines A300-600; flight 587; Queens, New York: The aircraft was on a scheduled international flight from New York, NY to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. The aircraft entered an uncontrolled descent and crashed after the vertical fin separated from the aircraft as a result of flight crew control inputs in response to an encounter with wake turbulence from another aircraft. Shortly before impact, both engines also separated from the aircraft. The crash damaged or destroyed several homes, and killed five people on the ground. Also killed were all nine crew members and 251 passengers on the aircraft, including five infants.
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    13 April 2010; Aerounion A300B4-203F; XA-TUE; flight 302; Monterrey, Mexico: The aircraft was on a domestic cargo flight from Mexico City to Monterrey, Mexico and was destroyed when it crashed on a roadway about two kilometers from the destination airport. All five crew members were killed, as were two people on the ground.

    14 August 2013; UPS A300F4-622R; N155UP; flight 1354; Birmingham, AL: The aircraft was on a domestic cargo flight from Louisville, KY (SDF) to Birmingham, AL (BHM), crashed and burned during a landing attempt. The aircraft was destroyed in the crash and subsequent fire, and both pilots were killed. There were no other occupants, and no one was killed or injured on the ground.
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Airbus A300 plane crashes -- Revised: 16 September 2019