Saab 340 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.

  1. 4 April 1994; KLM Cityhopper Saab 340; Amsterdam, Netherlands: About 20 minutes after departure, the crew initiated an air turn back due to an engine problem. Just before landing, the crew abandoned the landing, then for unknown reasons lost control and crashed near the runway. One of the three crew members and two of the 21 passengers were killed.

  2. 18 March 1998; Formosa Airlines Saab 340B; at sea near Hsinchu, Taiwan:The aircraft departed Hsinchu at for a scheduled Kaohsiung. Turbulent weather conditions were reported offshore. Aircraft wreckage was found about seven miles (11 km) offshore. All five crew members and eight passengers were killed.

  3. 10 January 2000; Crossair Saab 340; Zurich, Switzerland: The aircraft had just departed on a flight to Dresden, Germany when it crashed just north of the runway. The three crew members and seven passengers were all killed.

  4. 18 May 2011; Sol Líneas Aéreas Saab 340A; Flight 5428; near Prahuaniyeu, Argentina: The aircraft was on a scheduled domestic flight from Neuquén near the Andes to Comodoro Rivadavia, Argentina when it crashed about 25 kilometers (15 miles) southwest of the town of Los Menucos. The last contact with the aircraft occurred about 40 minutes after taking off from Neuquén. All three crew members and 19 passengers, including one child, were killed.

Saab 340 Plane Crahses -- Revised: 31 May 2015