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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.