TWA plane crashes

The following are significant events involving the airline or its subsidiares. The numbered events are those involving at least one airline 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.

TWA ceased operations when it merged with American Airlines in 2001.

  1. 30 August 1973, TWA 707, near Los Angeles, CA: One of the 132 passengers was killed due to an autopilot induced upset during approach.

  2. 8 September 1974, TWA 707, over Ionian Sea near Greece: Crew reported trouble with one engine. Aircraft then entered a steep climb followed by a steep nose down spin before it crashed in the sea. All nine crew members and 79 passengers were killed. The NTSB later determined that a high explosive was detonated in the aft cargo compartment.

  3. 1 December 1974; TWA 727-200; Near Berryville, VA: The aircraft crashed into a mountain while on approach. All eight crew members and 85 passengers were killed.

  4. 14 June 1985; TWA 727 Athens, Greece: The aircraft was hijacked and the 153 crew and passengers were taken hostage for several days. A U.S. military member was killed by the hijackers during this time.

  5. 2 April 1986, TWA 727, near Athens, Greece: A bomb exploded in the cabin area, blowing a hole in the fuselage and causing four of the 114 passengers to be sucked out of the aircraft to their deaths. The aircraft was able to land safely.

  6. 17 July 1996; TWA 747-100; Atlantic Ocean near Long Island, NY: The aircraft was on a flight from New York to Paris and had a catastrophic in flight breakup shortly after departure. All 18 crew and 212 passengers perished.
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TWA plane crashes -- Revised: 29 January 2017