Fatal and Significant Airbus A320 Events
The following are either fatal events involving at least one passenger death or significant safety occurrences involving the A320. Excluded would be events where the only passengers killed were stowaways, hijackers, or saboteurs. The passenger fatalities in the numbered events may be due to accidents, hijackings, sabotage, or military action. The events that are not numbered may or may not include fatalities, and are included because they meet the criteria of a significant event as defined by AirSafe.com
- 26 June 1988; Air France A320; Flight 296Q; near Mulhouse-Habsheim Airport, France: The aircraft crashed into trees during an air show maneuver when the aircraft failed to gain height during a low pass with the gear extended. Three of the 136 passengers were killed.
- 14 February 1990; Indian Airlines A320; Flight 605; Bangalore, India: Controlled flight into terrain during approach. Aircraft hit about 400 meters short of the runway. Four of the seven crew members and 88 of the 139 passengers were killed.
- 20 January 1992; Air Inter A320; Flight 148; near Strasbourg, France: Aircraft had a controlled flight into terrain after the flight crew incorrectly set the flight management system. Five of the six crew and 82 of the 87 passengers perished.
- 14 September 1993; Lufthansa A320-200; Flight 2904; Warsaw Airport, Poland: Aircraft landed with a tail wind. Landing performance and aircraft design led to a late deployment of braking devices. Aircraft overran the runway. One of the 6 crew and 1 of the 64 passengers were killed.
- 23 August 2000; Gulf Air A320; Flight 072; Near Manama, Bahrain: The aircraft was making a third attempt to land at the Bahrain International Airport after a flight from Cairo when the aircraft crashed into the sea about three miles (4.8 km) from the airport.
All eight crew members and 135 passengers were killed.
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- 3 May 2006; Armavia Airlines A320; near Sochi, Russia:
The aircraft was on a scheduled international flight from Yerevan, Armenia to Sochi. At the time of the crash, visibility was limited due to darkness, a low overcast cloud layer, and light rain showers. The crew reportedly abandoned the first landing attempt due to the weather conditions. While the crew was maneuvering for a second landing attempt on a different runway, the aircraft crashed into the Black Sea about 6 km (3.8 miles) from the airport.
All eight crew members and 105 passengers were killed.
Fatal Events for Airlines of the former Soviet Union
- 17 July 2007; TAM Linhas Aéreas A320-200; 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.
Fatal Events Involving TAM
Map of the area of the accident
- 30 May 2008; TACA A320-200; Flight 390; Tegucigalpa, Honduras:
The aircraft was on a scheduled international flight from San Salvador, El Salvador, to Tegucigalpa, Honduras.
The aircraft landed, overran the runway, went down an embankment, and struck several vehicles.
One of the six crew members and two of the 118 passengers were killed. Two people outside the aircraft were also killed.
Fatal and Significant TACA Events
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Wikipedia Entry for this Accident
Crash of TACA Flight 390
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- 28 July 2010; Airblue; A321-231; flight 202; near Islamabad, Pakistan:
The aircraft (AP-BJB) was on a scheduled domestic flight from Karachi to Islamabad, Pakistan when it crashed during approach in a hilly area near the airport. The aircraft was completely destroyed in the crash, and all 146 passengers and six crew members were killed. The crash occurred at 9:45 am local time, and there was rain in the area at the time of the crash.
Wikipedia page about the crash
Wikipedia page about AirBlue
27 November 2008; XL Airways Germany A320-200; near Perpignan, France : The aircraft had been leased to XL Airways Germany and a flight test crew, along with an New Zealand civil aviation inspector, were conducting a test flight prior to the aircraft being returned to its owner, Air New Zealand. On approach into Perpignan, the aircraft was seen to enter a rapid dive before it crashed in the Mediterranean Sea just off the coast. All seven occupants were killed. This event is not numbered because it is considered a significant event as defined by AirSafe.com.
15 January 2009; US Airways A320-200, Flight 1549; New York, NY: The aircraft was on a scheduled passenger flight from New York (LaGuardia) to Charlotte, NC The aircraft struck a flock of birds shortly after takeoff and experienced a loss of power to both engines. The crew was able to successfully ditch the aircraft in the Hudson River near midtown Manhattan. The aircraft reached an maximum altitude of about 3200 feet before it began to descend. After ditching, all five crew members and 150 passengers evacuated the aircraft. One passenger sustained serious injuries. This event is not numbered because it is considered a significant event as defined by AirSafe.com. The following pages have background information about the airline, the aircraft model, and other issues related to this crash:
Previous US Airways Crashes
Bird Strike Hazards to Aircraft
Jet Airliner Ditching Events
Wikipedia Entry About this Event
Bird Strike Videos
Bird Strike Study from the AirSafe.com Foundation
Selected Bird Strike Videos
Crash of US Airways Flight 1549
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http://airsafe.com/events/models/a320.htm -- Revised: 28 July 2010