L1011 plane crashes
The following numbered events involve the death of at least one airline passenger 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. The events that are not numbered are listed because they meet the criteria of a significant event as defined by AirSafe.com
- 29 December 1972; Eastern Airlines L1011; near Miami, FL: The aircraft had a controlled flight into terrain in the Everglades swamp. While approaching Miami at night, the crew allowed the aircraft to enter a shallow descent while they were attempting to diagnose a minor equipment failure. Five of the 13 crew members and 94 of the 163 passengers were killed.
- 19 August 1980; Saudia L1011-200; Riyadh, Saudi Arabia: The crew turned back shortly after takeoff after a fire broke out in the aft cargo compartment. The aircraft was able to execute a safe landing, but the crew was unable to open the emergency exits due to the smoke and fire. All 14 crew members and 287 passengers were killed.
- 23 December 1980; Saudia L1011-200; Arabian Gulf, near Saudi Arabia: Two passengers were blown out of the aircraft after a tire explosion in the wheel well Two of the 288 passengers were killed.
- 2 August 1985; Delta Air Lines L1011-001; Dallas, TX: The aircraft crashed shortly before landing after encountering a wind shear from a passing thunderstorm. Eight of the 11 crew members and 128 of the 152 passengers were killed. One person in a passing car was also killed.
- 3 May 1986; Air Lanka L1011-100; 4R-ULD; flight UL512; Colombo, Sri Lanka: During the boarding process prior to departure for a scheduled international flight from Colombo, Sri Lanka to Male, Maldives, a bomb exploded in a rear cargo compartment. The explosion separated the rear portion of the aircraft, and killed 20 of the 128 passengers. None of the 20 flight crew members were killed.
http://www.airsafe.com/events/models/lockheed.htm -- Revised: 31 May 2015