Boeing 777 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.
- 6 July 2013; Asiana Airlines; 777-200ER; HL7742; flight 214; San Francisco, CA:
The aircraft was on a scheduled international flight from Seoul, South Korea to San Francisco, and the rear of the aircraft struck a seawall just short of the runway while landing.
The tail section broke apart, and both horizontal stabilizers and the vertical fin separated from the aircraft. Both engines and the main landing gear also separated from the aircraft.
The aircraft caught fire after it came to rest, but not before all of the crew and most of the passengers were able to escape.
All 16 crew members survived, but thee of the 291 passengers, all teenage girls from China, were killed.
Visit the Asiana flight 214 page for additional information, including findings from the crash investigation.
Other Asiana 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.
While it is believed that one or more military radar systems in Malaysia detected the aircraft heading back in the direction of Malaysia, there was no corroborating information such as communications from the pilot or information from the aircraft's transponder associated with that radar data.
Visit the Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 page for additional information, including links to articles and interviews of Dr. Todd Curtis of AirSafe.com.
- 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 was severely damaged by an explosion from a surface to air missile.
The explosion led to 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 findings from the crash investigation.
Seven AirSafe.com interviews about MH17
Passenger deaths due to missile strikes
8 September 2015; British Airways 777-200; G-VIIO; flight 2276; Las Vegas, NV: The aircraft was on a scheduled international flight from Las Vegas, NV to London, England when the left engine apparently failed and caught fire prior to takeoff. There was evidence of an uncontained fairlure of the left engine and pylon, including multiple breaches of the engine case in the area around the high pressure compressor. All of the occupants were able to exit the aircraft, but a fire in the area of the left engine damaged the left engine and pylon, left fuselage structure, and inboard left wing. There were no fatalities among the 13 crew members and 158 passengers.
Other British Airways crashes
Interview about a 2011 FAA directive that may be related to the engine failure
3 August 2016; Emirates 777-300; A6-EMW; flight EK521; Dubai, UAE: The aircraft was on a scheduled international flight from Thiruvananthapuram, India to Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The crew was attempting to execute a go-around shortly after the main landing gear touched down on the runway, but the aircraft was unable to gain altitude. The crew apparently did not advance the thrust beyond idle until after the aircraft had lifted off the runway. The crew had also commanded the landing gear to retract before commanding an increase in engine thrust. The aircraft settled down onto the runway at a rate of descent of 900 feet per minute and skidded to a stop on the runway. The aircraft was seriously damaged, with the right engine separated from the wing. There was a subsequent fire and explosion that destroyed most of the fuselage. None of the 18 crew members or 282 passengers were killed or seriously injured, though one responding firefighter was killed.
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Preliminary accident report
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17 January 2008; British Airways 777-200ER; G-YMMM; flight 38; London, England: During final approach to London's Heathrow, the aircraft engines from Beijing, China, at 720 feet agl, the right engine of G-YMMM ceased responding to autothrottle commands for increased power and instead the power reduced on both engines. This reduction led to a loss of airspeed and the aircraft touched about1000 feet (330m) short of the runway.
The aircraft skidded just over 1000 feet, tearing off its landing gear and coming to rest on the tarmac just to the right of the end of the runway. This was a scheduled international flight that was arriving from Beijing, China. There were 16 crew members and 136 passengers on board, and one passenger sustained a serious injury.
This was the first serious accident for the 777 since it began commercial service in 1995.
The loss of engine control was due to a fuel system blockage caused by ice that formed in the fuel system.
Visit the British Airways flight 38 page for additional information, including findings from the crash investigation.
Other British Airways plane crashes
18 June 2009; Continental Airlines 777; Flight 61; en route from Brussels to Newark: The captain of Continental Airlines Flight 61, a 777 en route from Brussels to Newark, died while the aircraft was in flight over the Atlantic. The captain was replaced by a reserve first officer and the crew declared an emergency. The aircraft landed without further incident. There were 247 passengers on board, and there were no other injuries to passengers or crew.
Visit the AirSafe.com News for more information.
Other Continental plane crashes
29 July 2011; EgyptAir; 777-200ER; SU-GBP; flight 667; Cairo, Egypt: The aircraft was preparing to depart on a scheduled international flight from Cairo, Egypt to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. While at the departure gate and during passenger boarding, an electrical fire broke out in an area beneath the cockpit. The passengers and crew were deplaned, and the fire was extinguished, but not before causing substantial damage to the aircraft. Although the aircraft experienced significant fire and heat damage, none of the ten crew members or 307 passenges were killed.
EgyptAir plane crashes
http://www.airsafe.com/events/models/b777.htm -- Revised: 8 September 2016