Serious aircraft crashes in Europe

Serious aircraft crashes in Europe

The plane crash in southern France with probably 150 deaths is one of the most serious in Europe in the past 30 years. Below is a selection of aviation disasters on the European continent since 1977.

Hundreds of experts are on duty. The French police and gendarmerie are preparing for their deployment. (Image: Sebastien Nogier / EPA)

(apa / dpa / afp) The plane crash in southern France with probably 150 deaths is one of the worst in Europe in the past 30 years. Below is a selection of aviation disasters on the European continent since 1977.

March 24, 2015: In southern France, a plane belonging to the Lufthansa subsidiary Germanwings crashes on the way from Barcelona to Düsseldorf. 144 passengers and 6 crew members were on board. Authorities say there are no survivors.

July 17, 2014: The crash of the Malaysian MH17 passenger plane with 298 people on board near Grabovo above the Ukraine has not yet been fully clarified. A shot over the Donbass conflict area is assumed to be the cause.

August 20, 2008: An MD-82 from the Spanish company Spanair crashes immediately after take-off at Madrid Airport and goes up in flames. 154 of the 172 people on board die.

August 22, 2006: A Tupolev-154 aircraft of the Russian company Pulkovo crashes on the flight from Anapa on the Black Sea to St. Petersburg in a heavy thunderstorm over the Ukraine north of Donetsk. 170 people are killed.

August 14, 2005: A Cypriot Boeing 737-300 charter plane with 121 people on board crashes northeast of Athens Airport. All inmates are killed. Apparently due to a defect in the air conditioning system, the pilots and many passengers had lost consciousness.

July 1, 2002: In Überlingen (D) on Lake Constance, 71 people die in the collision of two planes. A survivor from Russia, who lost his two children and his wife in the accident, kills Skyguide's air traffic controller on duty in Kloten two years later.

October 8, 2001: A McDonnell Douglas MD-87 of the Scandinavian SAS and a German private plane of the type Cessna Citation II collide at the Linate city airport in Milan. All 114 people on board and 4 airport employees are killed.

July 25, 2000: Two minutes after take-off from Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris, a Concorde of Air France with 109 people hits the north suburb of Gonesse with burning engines. There are no survivors on board the supersonic aircraft.

August 29, 1996: When approaching Longyarbyen airport on the island of Westspitzbergen (Norway), a Tupolew 154 from the Russian airline Wnukowo crashes into a mountain. All 141 people on board die.

February 8, 1989: A Boeing 707 charter plane from the American company Independent Air crashes into a mountain on the Azores island of Santa Maria (Portugal) at a height of 528 meters. All 144 occupants lose their lives because the pilot is said to have made a navigation error.

December 21, 1988: A jumbo jet of the American company Pan Am is torn apart by a bomb over the Scottish town of Lockerbie. 270 people are killed.

May 9, 1987: An Ilyushin-62 of the Polish airline LOT crashes near Warsaw. There are 183 dead.

June 23, 1985: Southwest of the Irish coast, an Air India plane probably falls into the sea after a bomb explosion. All 329 people on board die.

February 19, 1985: A Spanish airliner crashes into a mountain near Bilbao. 148 people are killed.

November 27, 1983: A Boeing 747 of the Colombian company Avianca grazes a mountain before landing in Madrid. There are 181 casualties.

December 1, 1981: During a landing approach to the airport of Ajaccio on the French island of Corsica, a Yugoslavian charter plane crashes into a mountain. 180 people are killed.

April 25, 1980: A Boeing 727 crashed by the Danish charter airline Dan-Air killed 146 passengers and crew on the Spanish Canary Island of Tenerife.

March 27, 1977: Two jumbo jets from PanAm and KLM collide on the ground at Tenerife Airport. With 583 victims, it is still the biggest catastrophe in the history of civil aviation.

The crash of the Germanwings Airbus caused horror in Germany. Among the probably 150 dead are 67 Germans, 45 Spaniards and one Belgian. The cause of the crash is still unknown.

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