Deadly plane accidents since 2003

AFTER the crash of a Yemenia Airbus A310 yesterday in the Indian Ocean off the Comoros, with 153 passengers and crew on board, here is a run down of some of the deadliest aviation disasters since 2003:

AFTER the crash of a Yemenia Airbus A310 yesterday in the Indian Ocean off the Comoros, with 153 passengers and crew on board, here is a run down of some of the deadliest aviation disasters since 2003:

2003

February 19: Iran - An Iranian Ilyushin-76 military plane crashes near Kerman in the southeast of the country, killing 302 people.

2004

May 8: Democratic Republic of Congo - About 200 people fall to their deaths in the DRC when the door of their plane opens in mid-air.

January 3: Egypt - A Boeing 737 belonging to Egyptian firm Flash Airlines breaks up over the sea off the resort of Sharm El-Sheikh, killing 148 people.

2005

August 16: Venezuela - 160 people are killed in the crash of a McDonnell Douglas plane belonging to the Colombian company West Caribbean Airways at Maracaibo.

September 5: Indonesia - 150 people are killed as a Boeing 737-200 belonging to Mandala Airlines crashes on the island of Sumatra.

2006

July 9: Russia - 124 people killed when an Airbus A310 aircraft belonging to Russian company Sibir crashes on landing at Irkutsk in Siberia.

August 22: Ukraine - 170 people die when a Russian Tupolev plane crashes in eastern Ukraine.

September 29: Brazil - a Boeing 737 belonging to airline GOL crashes in the Amazonian forest with 155 people on board. No survivors.

2007

July 17: Brazil - An Airbus A320 belonging to TAM airline crashes into a freight warehouse occupied by several workers on landing at Sao Paulo Airport with 187 people aboard. 199 die.

2008

August 20: Spain - A Spanair McDonnell Douglas-82, on a flight to the Canary Islands, crashes at Madrid Airport minutes after take-off, killing 154 people.

2009 June 1: Brazil - An Airbus A330 belonging to Air France crashes into the Atlantic Ocean on its way from Rio de Janeiro to Paris, killing 228 people.

June 30: Comoros - A Yemeni Airbus A310 jet, carrying 153 people, crashes into stormy seas as it comes in to land in the Comoros islands.

The most deadly plane accidents in history remain the collision on March 27 1977, between two Boeing 747s at Tenerife in the Canary Islands, in which 583 people were killed, and the crash on August 12 1985 of a Boeing 747 belonging to Japan Airlines flying between Tokyo and Osaka when 520 people were killed. - Sapa-AFP

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