Fatal Events and Plane Crashes for
the MD80 Series Aircraft
The following events are those involving at least one passenger death on an MD80 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 December 1981; Inex Adria MD80; Ajaccio, France (Corsica): The aircraft collided with high ground in fog during approach. All eight crew and 170 passengers were killed.
- 16 August 1987; Northwest MD82; Detroit, USA: The crew neglected to properly set flaps for takeoff. The aircraft stalled soon after takeoff and crashed onto a highway. All six crew and 148 of 149 passengers were killed. Two people on the ground were also killed.
- 12 June 1988; Austral Lineas Aereas MD81; Posadas, Argentina: The aircraft crashed three miles (4.8 km) short of the airport during an approach in poor visibility All 15 passengers and seven crew were killed..
- 26 October 1993; China Eastern MD82; Fuzhou, China: The aircraft touched down long during a rain storm and went off the end of the runway. Two of the 71 passengers were killed.
- 13 November 1993; China Northern MD82; Urumqui, China: The aircraft crashed about 2 km short during an approach in dense fog. Eight of the 92 passengers and four of the eight crew were killed.
12 November 1995; American Airlines MD83; near Hartford, CT: The aircraft was on a scheduled domestic flight between Chicago, IL and Hartford, CT. While on approach, the crew was descending below the minimum descent altitude, and impacted a number of trees on a ridge near the airport. The material ingested by the engines led to a complete loss of engine power on the left engine and a partial loss on the right engine. The crew continued the approach, hitting a tree and an antenna array near the approach end of the runway. The crew was able to land on the runway, and after stopping initiated an emergency evacuation. There was no post crash fire. There were thunderstorms in the area at the time of the event. None of the five crew members 73 passengers were seriously injured.
- 6 July 1996; Delta MD88; Pensacola, FL: During the takeoff, the left engine sustained an uncontained failure, causing pieces of the engine to penetrate the cabin, killing two of the 137 passengers.
NTSB Accident Report
- 1 June 1999; American Airlines MD80; Little Rock, AR: The aircraft ran off the runway, broke up, and caught fire after a night landing.
There were thunderstorms in the area at the time of the event.
One of the six crewmembers and 10 of the 139 passengers were killed.
NTSB Accident Report
- 24 August 1999; Uni Air MD90-30; Flight 873; Hualien, Taiwan: The aircraft was on a scheduled domestic flight from Taipei to Hualien, Taiwan. A fire broke out in one of the overhead baggage compartments shortly after landing. The fire was caused by two gasoline filled plastic bottles which leaked and caught fire due to a short circuit in a battery that was also in the overhead baggage compartment. The upper fuselage was destroyed by the fire.
All six crew members survived, but one of the 90 passengers was killed. There were 27 other passenger injuries, 13 of them serious.
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Accident Description from Taiwan's Aviation Safety Council
Final Report from Taiwan's Aviation Safety Council
- 31 January 2000; Alaska Airlines MD83; near Pt. Mugu, CA:
The aircraft was on a flight from Puerto Vallarta, Mexico to San Francisco when it crashed into the Pacific Ocean about 20 miles (32 km) northwest of the LAX airport.
Reportedly, the aircraft was diverting to Los Angeles and started a rapid descent from about 17,000 feet.
All 83 passengers and five crew members were killed.
NTSB Accident Report
- 8 October 2001; SAS MD87; Milan Italy:
The aircraft was taking off from Milan's Linate airport for a flight to Copenhagen when it collided with a Cessna Citation on the fog-shrouded runway.
The airliner then crashed into a nearby hanger and caught fire.
There was no indication that this event was the result of a hijacking, sabotage, or other act of violence.
All six crew members and 104 passengers on the airliner were killed, as were the four occupants of the business jet and four airport workers on the ground.
Fatal events involving SAS
- 7 May 2002; China Northern MD82; near Dalian, China:
This was a scheduled domestic flight from Beijing to Dalian, China.
The aircraft crashed about 20 km (12.5 mi) off the coast of Dalian after the crew reported a fire in the cabin.
Investigating authorities claimed that the fire was deliberately started by one of the passengers.
All nine crew members and 103 passengers were killed.
Fatal Events for Airlines of Asia
Fatal Events for Airlines of the PRC
- 30 November 2004; Lion Air MD82; Solo City, Indonesia:
This was a scheduled domestic flight from Jakarta to Solo City, Indonesia.
The aircraft skidded off the runway on landing after a flight from Jakarta.
The aircraft broke up and came to rest about 100 meters from the runway.
The runway was wet and the aircraft was experiencing tailwind during the landing.
One of the seven crew members and 24 of the 156 passengers were killed.
Fatal Events for Airlines of Asia
- 16 August 2005; West Caribbean Airways MD82; near Machiques, Venezuela:
The aircraft was on an international flight from Panama City, Panama to Martinique when the crew reported to air traffic control that the aircraft was experiencing some kind of engine problem and requested a descent from cruising altitude of 33,000 feet down to 14,000 feet.
The crew later reported that both engines were experiencing problems and that the aircraft was not controllable.
All eight crew members and 152 passengers were killed.
Fatal Events for Airlines from Latin America and the Caribbean
- 16 September 2007; One-Two-Go Airlines MD82; Phuket, Thailand: The aircraft was on a scheduled domestic flight from Bangkok (DMK) to Phuket (HKT). After landing, the aircraft skidded off the runway, impacted several trees, and caught fire.
There was reportedly heavy rain and poor visibility at the time of the crash.
There were at least 89 deaths, including 85 of the 123 passengers and five of the seven crew members.
Fatal Events Involving Asian Airlines
- 30 November 2007; Atlasjet MD83; near Keciborlu, Turkey: The plane was on a domestic flight from Istanbul to Isparta when it disappeared from radar screens.
The crew had requested permission to land shortly before the aircraft crashed in mountainous terrain near the town of Keciborlu, about 12km (7.5 miles) from the Isparta
All seven crew members and 50 passengers were killed.
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- 20 August 2008; Spanair MD82; Flight 5022; Madrid, Spain:
The aircraft crashed shortly after takeoff on a scheduled domestic flight from Madrid to Las Palmas in the Canary Islands. Early reports indicated that the left engine experienced a major malfunction during the takeoff. The aircraft was able to get airborne, but the crew set the aircraft down in a area to the right of the departure runway. The aircraft broke up and there was a severe post-crash fire.
All six crew members and 148 of the 166 passengers were killed. Among the passengers were 20 children and two infants. Both infants reportedly survived. Many of the survivors suffered burns, some of them serious.
This was also a code share flight with Lufthansa, and that airline reported that seven of their passengers had transferred to the Spanair flight from a previous Lufthansa flight. , and that airline reported that seven of their passengers were checked in for the flight.
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- 3 June 2012; Dana Air; MD83; 5N-RAM; flight 992; Lagos, Nigeria: The aircraft was on a scheduled domestic flight Abuja to Lagos, Nigeria, and crashed in a residential area near the airport. The plane reportedly struck a power line and then crashed into at least one apartment building. The aircraft was completely destroyed in the crash, and all seven crew members and 146 passengers were killed. At least 10 people on the ground were killed as well.
- 24 July 2014; Air Algérie MD83; EC-LTV; flight AH5017; near Gossi, Mali:
The aircraft was on a scheduled international flight from Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso and Algiers, Algeria.
The airplane contacted air traffic control about 50 minutes after takeoff, requesting a course change due to weather conditions.
The aircraft crashed in the area of Gossi, Mali.
All six crew members and 110 passengers were killed.
Flight AH5017 Wikipedia page