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Sinai, and 10 other horrifying plane crashes that shook the world

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 31 October 2015, 17:41 IST

As the news of Russian airliner, Airbus A-321 crashing into central Sinai, Egypt, flashes across every news channel, our hearts go out to the families of those struck by the tragedy. The flight was reportedly carrying 217 passengers with seven crew members.

Reports are still pouring in as to the actual status, but several news channels suggest that all on board are feared dead.

Today's crash is undoubtedly one of the biggest aviation tragedies in history.

10 other instances a plane crash caused massive casualty and left the world struggling to cope:

9/11 World Trade Centre crashes
Approximately 2,996 people died when four passenger airlines were hijacked by Al-Qaeda terrorists and crashed into the World Trade Centre.Two flights crashed into the north and south towers bringing the 110-structure (including the 47-story WTC) to the ground. The third flight crashed into the Pentagon, causing the western side of the US defence offices to collapse. This remains till date the most massive plane crash in history.

Tenerife Airport Disaster - March 27, 1977
The collision of two Boeing 747 aircrafts at Los Rodeos Airport runway left 583 dead. A bomb scare at Grand canaria Airport, Spain, cause many flights to be re-directed and in this confusion, a Pan American World Airways aircraft and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines flight crashed into each other.

Japan Airlines Flight 123 - August 12, 1985

Flying from Tokyo to Osaka, the Boeing 747SR flight went off route and crashed into the hilly north-western region of Tokyo. The crash left 520 people dead.

Charkhi Dadri mid-air collision - November 12, 1996

Saudi Arabian Airline's Boeing 747-100B flying from New Delhi to Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, collided with Kazakhstan Airline's Ilyushin Il-76 which was en route from Kazakhstan to Delhi. The mid-air crash left 349 dead.

Ermenonville air disaster - 3 March 1974

Turkish Airlines Flight 981, scheduled to fly from Istanbul to London via Paris, crashed in Ermenonville forest that lies right outside the French capital. The technical flaw which caused the crash, took 346 people down with it.

Air India Flight 182 - June 23, 1985

A bomb was set off mid-air on this Air India flight, scheduled to fly from Toronto to New Delhi via London. The attack was supposedly by Sikh militants retaliation of Operation Blue Star. The subsequent crash left 329 dead.

Saudia Flight 163 - August 19, 1980

Before this, the Lockheed L-1011-200 Tristar wasn't known to have technical issues. Flying from Karachi to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia via Riyadh, the aircraft's cargo hold caught fire. The flight returned to Riyadh and touched down safely but the pilot never ordered an emergency evacuation. By the time the engines were shut down and the flight doors could be forced open, all 301 people on board had died of suffocation.

Iran Air Flight 655 - July 3, 1988

The Airbus A300B2-203 was flying from Tehran to Dubai when it was shot down by the United States Navy guided missile cruiser, USS Vincennes over the Persian Gulf. The crew had incorrectly identified the passenger plane as a Tomcat fighter plane causing the death of 290 people.

American Airlines Flight 191 - May 25, 1979

The McDonnell Douglas DC 10-10 was scheduled to fly from Chicago to Los Angeles when the pilot lost control of the flight after the hydraulic fluid lines got ruptured. Inadequate maintenance on the part of the airlines caused the death of 273 people.

Pan Am Flight 103 - December 21, 1988

The regularly scheduled flight from Frankfurt to Detroit via London and New York came to a halt when it was destroyed by a bomb. It is called the Lockerbie bombing because the incident occured over the Scottish town of Lockerbie. The crash killed 250 people in all, including 11 people on the ground.

First published: 31 October 2015, 17:41 IST