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Worst plane crashes ever in the history of mankind

The collision between a Pan Am and KLM (Tenerife Airport disaster) plane is one of the deadliest to occur in the history. 583 passengers died on this fatal day, 27 March 1977.

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Japan Airlines flight 123 heading to Tokyo from Osaka slammed into Mount Takamagahara killing 520. 4 people survived the crash.

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A mid-air collision also dubbed as the Charkhi Dadri left 349 passengers dead. It involved a Saudi Arabian and Kazakhstan airlines. The primary reason for the crash was miscommunication. Kazakh pilots lacked English language skills.

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A mid-air collision also dubbed as the Charkhi Dadri left 349 passengers dead. It involved a Saudi Arabian and Kazakhstan airlines. The primary reason for the crash was miscommunication. Kazakh pilots lacked English language skills.

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Turkish Airlines flight 981 blew up in mid air crashing into the Ermenonville forests in Paris, France. It took the lives of 346 people. The cause of the crash was the improper handling of the latch by a Moroccan baggage handler.

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Saudi Airlines flight 163 caught fire after taking off from Riyadh on 19 August 1980 en route to Jeddah. 287 passengers and 14 crew members died due to smoke inhalation after the plane made an emergency landing. The cause of the fire was a butane stove used by Muslim pilgrims.

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On 17 July 2014 or 131 days after the disappearance of Malaysian Airlines MH 370, MH 17 was shot down in Ukraine carrying 238 passengers and 14 crew members. This was a flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur.

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On 17 July 2014 or 131 days after the disappearance of Malaysian Airlines MH 370, MH 17 was shot down in Ukraine carrying 238 passengers and 14 crew members. This was a flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur.

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290 passengers perished in 1988 on Iran Air flight 655 when it was shot down by the USS Vincennes in Iranian airspace. It was a civilian aircraft.

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The Ilyushin II-76 crashed on 19 February 2003 in the mountains near Kerman, Iran due to bad weather conditions. The number of fatalities reached 275.

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American Airlines flight 191 from Chicago to Los Angeles crashed due to loss of control and improper maintenance. The 25 May 1979 disaster claimed the lives of 258 passengers, 13 crew member and 6 people on the ground.

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Korean Air flight 007 was shot down on 1 September 1983 by a Soviet Su-15 interceptor. The plane strayed into Russian airspace due to an autopilot mishap. 246 passengers and 23 crew members were among the fatalities.

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Korean Air flight 007 was shot down on 1 September 1983 by a Soviet Su-15 interceptor. The plane strayed into Russian airspace due to an autopilot mishap. 246 passengers and 23 crew members were among the fatalities.

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