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20 Worst Accidents Involving US Carriers

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Aviation disasters are becoming more and more frequent in the recent times and have attracted the attention of pilots and non-pilots equally. This is due to the increased interest to learn from these accidents. This section provides you information about the 20 worst aviation accident in USA carriers and reasons of its happening. The objective of pointing out the causes is that future care will be taken to avoid human errors and will also help in shaping the amendment acts which will ensure more safety to the passengers and for the aircraft. 


09/11/2001 New York City, New York American / United Airlines

Date: September 11, 2001

Time: 08:47

Location: New York City, New York

Operator: American Airlines

Flight #: 11

Route: Boston - Los Angeles

AC Type: Boeing 767-223ER

Registration: N334AA

cn / ln: 22332/169

Aboard: 92 (passengers:81 crew:11)

Fatalities: 92 (passengers:81 crew:11)

Ground Fatalities: 2750

Crash Details: The aircraft was hijacked shortly after it left Logan International Airport in Boston. The hijackers took control of the aircraft and deliberately crashed it into the north tower of the World Trade Center between the 94th and 99th floors at approximately 450 mph. After 102 minutes, the building collapsed. It was one of four planes that were hijacked the same day.


03/27/1977 Tenerife, Canary Islands Pan Am / KLM

Date: March 27, 1977

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Time: 17:07

Location: Tenerife, Canary Islands

Operator: Pan American World Airways / KLM

Flight #: 1736/4805

Route: Tenerife - Las Palmas / Tenerife - Las Palmas

AC Type: Boeing B-747-121 / Boeing B-747-206B

Registration: N736PA/PH-BUF

cn / ln: 19643/11 / 20400/157

Aboard: 644 (passengers:614 crew:30)

Fatalities: 583 (passengers:560 crew:23)

Ground Fatalities: 0

Crash Details: Both aircraft were diverted to Tenerife because of a bombing at Las Palmas Airport. After an extended delay, both planes were instructed to back track up the runway. The KLM plane reached its takeoff point while the Pan Am plane was still on the runway. The Pan Am plane continued up the runway missing the taxiway turnout. There was heavy fog on the runway. The KLM plane began its takeoff roll without permission with the Pan Am plane still on the runway. The KLM plane hit the Pan Am plane just as it was taking off. Both planes burst into flames. KLM 234 + 14 crew, Pan Am 326 + 9 crew killed. All aboard the KLM plane were killed. The Pan Am aircraft was named Clipper Victor. The KLM aircraft was named Rhine River.