Plane Crashes Involving the ATR 42 and ATR 72

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.

  1. 15 October 1987; ATI ATR 42-300; I-ATRH; Mt. Crezzo, Italy: The aircraft took off on a scheduled international flight from Milan, Italy to Köln, Germany. Icing conditions existed at the time of departure. About 15 minutes after takeoff, the crew progressively lost control of the aircraft, and crashed into a 2300 ft (700m) mountain following an uncontrolled descent. All 34 passengers and three crew members were killed.

    12 March 1993; Ethiopian Airlines ATR 42-300; Dire Dawa, Ethiopia: The aircraft departed a scheduled domestic flight from Gambela to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia when four hijackers attempted to force the crew to fly to Djibouti. The crew landed at Dire Dawa to refuel, where Ethiopian authorities began negotiating with the hijackers. After six days of negotiations, security forces attacked the aircraft and killed two of the hijackers. None of the four crew members or 26 passengers were killed during this event. Because this did not involve the death of an airline passenger, this is a significant event (but not a numbered fatal event) as defined by AirSafe.com.

  2. 21 August 1994; Royal Air Maroc ATR 42-300; CN-CDT; near Tizounine, Morocco: Shortly after takeoff and while flying at about 16,000 feet (4880 meters), the aircraft entered a steep dive and impacted the ground. While the initial investigation pointed to suicidal actions by the pilot, the pilot's union found no evidence of suicidal behavior on the part of the pilot. All 40 passengers and four crew members were killed.

  3. 31 October 1994; American Eagle (Simmons Airlines) ATR 72-200; N401AM; flight 4184; near Roselawn, IN: This was a scheduled domestic flight from Indianapolis, IN and Chicago, IL. During descent, the crew activated the airframe deicing system. The crew was in a holding pattern at about 10,000 feet (3050 m) and while the aircraft was descending to 8,000 feet, the aircraft went out of control due to the effects of icing and crashed. The four crew members and 64 passengers were all killed. The icing occurred in areas of the wings that were beyond the area protected by the deicing system.
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    30 July 1997; Air Littoral ATR 42-500; flight 701; Florence, Italy: The aircraft departed a scheduled international flight from Nice, France to Florence, Italy. The aircraft overan the runway at Florence and came to rest on a nearby highway. One of the three crew members were killed, and all 14 passengers survived. Because this did not involve the death of an airline passenger, this is a significant event (but not a numbered fatal event) as defined by AirSafe.com.

    11 November 1999; Air Botswana ATR 42-300; A2-ABB; Gaborone, Botswana: An Air Botswana pilot, who had been grounded for medical reasons, took off alone in an Air Botswana ATR42 airliner, and crashed it into two of the airline's other ATR42s on the ground. Fortunately, there was no one else in the other two aircraft. The pilot was the only person killed in this event. This was not a fatal event as defined by AirSafe.com
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  4. 6 August 2005; Tuninter ATR 72; near Palermo, Italy: The aircraft was on an unscheduled international flight from Bari, Italy to Djerba, Tunisia when the aircraft reportedly developed engine trouble. The crew ditched the aircraft off the coast of Palermo. The aircraft had been on a scheduled domestic flight from Kish Island in the Persian Gulf. Two of the four crew members and 14 of the 35 passengers were killed.
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  5. 21 February 2008; Santa Barbara Airlines ATR 42; Flight 518; near Merida, Venezuela: The aircraft was on a scheduled domestic flight from Mérida to Caracas, Venezuela. It crashed into a mountain about six miles (10 km) from the airport, at about the 12,000 foot level of the mountain. All 43 passengers and three crew members were killed.

    4 August 2009; Bangkok Airways ATR 72-200; HS-PGL; flight 266, Koh Samui, Thailand: The aircraft was a scheduled domestic flight from Krabi to Koh Samui, Thailand, and skidded off the runway during the landing, hitting the control tower building. One of the four crew members was killed, but all 68 passengers survived. Because this did not involve the death of an airline passenger, this is a significant event (but not a numbered fatal event) as defined by AirSafe.com.

  6. 13 September 2010; Conviasa ATR 42-320; YV1010; Flight 371; Puerto Ordaz, Venezuela: The aircraft was on a scheduled domestic flight from Porlamar to Puerto Ordaz, Venezuela. It crashed into an industrial area just short of the destination airport. There were 17 fatalities among the 47 passengers and four crew members.

  7. 4 November 2010; AeroCaribbean; CU-T1549; ATR 72-212; Flight 883; near Guasimal, Sancti Spiritus Province, Cuba: The aircraft was on a domestic flight from Santiago to Havana, Cuba. The crew reported an emergency situation shortly before the aircraft crashed in mountainous terrain. All seven crew members and 61 passengers were killed.
  8. 2 April 2012; UTair ATR 72-200; VP-BYZ;flight 120; Tyumen, Russia: The aircraft was on scheduled domestic flight from Tyumen to Surgut, Russia. The airplane crashed broke up, and caught fire in a field about 1.5 miles (2.5 km) from the end of the departure runway. All four crew members and 27 of the 39 passengers were killed. This was the second fatal passenger jet crash involving this airline. The first was a 17 March 2007 crash of a UTair Tupolev Tu134A in Samara, Russia that killed six passengers.
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  9. 16 October 2013; Lao Airlines ATR 72-600; RDPL-34233; flight QV301; near Pakxe, Laos: The aircraft was on a scheduled domestic flight from Vientiane, the capitol of Laos, to Pakxe in southern part of the country. It crashed into the Mekong river during its approach and sank. The crash occurred about eight kilometers (five miles) from the airport. All five crew members and 44 passengers were killed.


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Plane Crashes Involving the ATR 42 and ATR 72
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