The Deadliest Airplane Accidents in History


Image: Toshihiko Sato via Wiki

Concorde on takeoff with its fuel tank on fire.

A plane crash is a truly catastrophic incident, whatever size the aircraft, the words and pictures that follow may make you think twice about air travel.

One of the most infamous – though in terms of lives lost perhaps not the deadliest – was Air France Flight 4590 disaster which took place on 25 July, 2000. As the Concorde involved was taking off from France’s Charles de Gaulle International Airport it hit a piece of debris lying on the runway which burst one of its tyres. Some of the debris struck the plane’s wing, causing one of the fuel tanks to rupture. With fuel leaking, flames engulfed the aircraft, which was unable to climb or accelerate. Its wing disintegrating, the Concorde crashed into the nearby Hôtelissimo, killing 100 passengers and 9 crew on board as well as 4 people on the ground.

It is impossible to accurately say which were the most horrific plane crashes of the last century, but in terms of lives lost, those featured here are certainly among the very worst.