Airbus A340 Plane Crashes
and Significant Safety Events

Other Airbus Models: A300, A310, A320, A330, A340, A380

The following are either fatal events involving at least one passenger death or significant safety occurrences involving the airline. 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

    9 April 2004; Emirates A340-300; Flight 764; Johannesburg, South Africa: This was a scheduled international flight from Johannesburg, South Africa to Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The aircraft was not able to get airborne until about 150 meters (500 feet) past the end of the runway. The landing gear sustained minor damage after hitting some of the approach lights in the overrun area. The aircraft returned to the airport for an emergency landing, and none of the 260 passengers and 14 crew on board were injured. The South African Civil Aviation Authority’s final report indicated that the overrun was due to an erroneous takeoff technique employed by the flying pilot. For both pilots it was only their second flight in an A340-300, and it was the flying pilot's first flight in this type of aircraft in that role. This event was classified by the South African authorities as an incident rather than an accident.
    Incident Details from Flightglobal

    2 August 2005; Air France A340-300; Flight 358; Toronto, Canada: The aircraft was on a scheduled international flight from Paris to Toronto. The aircraft encountered heavy thunderstorms upon arrival in Toronto. The crew was able to land, but was unable to stop the aircraft on the runway. The aircraft departed the runway and rolled into a gully where the aircraft broke up and caught fire. All passengers and crew were able to successfully escape the burning plane. None of the 12 crew members and or 297 passengers were killed.
    Air France Plane Crashes and Significant Events

    This crash did not cause a passenger death and is not a fatal event as defined by, but is included because of the seriousness of the event. For more information on the ongoing investigation, please review one or more of the podcasts listed below.

    Evacuation Issues and the Air France A340 Accident in Toronto, Canada of August 2005:

    A review of the findings of the investigation into this accident, and also a review of relevant research on passenger evacuation and survivability.
    Date: 25 December 2007  Length: 13:29
    Audio: MP3 VideoiPod/MP4 | YouTube | WMV | Google Video

    20 March 2009; Emirates A340-500; Flight 407; Melbourne, Australia: This was a scheduled international flight from Melbourne, Australia to Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The aircraft experienced multiple tail strikes during takeoff, and the crew returned to the departure airport. Although none of the 257 passengers or 18 crew members were injured, the Australian Transport Safety Board categorized this event as an accident and launched a full investigation.
    Accident Details from the News
    Abstract of Preliminary Report
    Media Release from 30 April 2009
    Preliminary Accident Report
    Audio of ATSB Briefing from 30 April 2009

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Airbus A340 Plane Crashes and Significant Safety Events -- Revised: 5 May 2009