Top 10 world misfortunes of airline industry and missing flights in the Aviation

December 28, 2014 2:32 pm

Below will be the list of Top 10 world misfortunes of airline industry and missing flights in the Aviation for 2014…In the wake of the missing Air Asia flight travelling from Surabaya to
Singapore, we ended up having a look at how 2014 was for the airline
industry. Turns out, pretty crappy. While we hope and pray that flight
QZ8501 is safe, we should also not forget that this wasn’t the first
incident of the year.

1.  Algeria Lockheed C-130 Hercules crash

On 11 February 2014, an Algerian Air Force Lockheed C-130 Hercules
aircraft crashed into Djebel Fertas mountain near Aïn Kercha, Oum El
Bouaghi Province, Algeria; with 74 passengers and 4 crew on board.
Seventy-seven bodies were discovered at the site, along with one
Preliminary reports suggest that bad weather conditions might have
caused the crash. Eyewitness accounts describe the plane clipping a
mountain before crashing. This was the first reported air disaster in
Algeria since the 2003 crash of Air Algérie Flight 6289. The accident is
undergoing investigation.

2. Air Algérie Flight 5017

Air Algérie Flight 5017 (AH5017/DAH5017) was a scheduled
international passenger flight from Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, to
Algiers, Algeria, which crashed in Mali, near Gossi, on 24 July 2014.
The McDonnell Douglas MD-83 with 110 passengers and 6 crew on board,
operated by Swiftair for Air Algérie, disappeared from radar about fifty
minutes after take-off. There were no survivors.
The cause of the crash is not yet known; Malian authorities are
conducting an investigation with the assistance of France’s Bureau
d’Enquêtes et d’Analyses pour la Sécurité de l’Aviation Civile.

3. Ethiopian Airlines Flight 702 hijacked

Ethiopian Airlines Flight 702 was a scheduled flight from Addis Ababa to
Milan via Rome on 17 February, 2014. The aircraft, an Ethiopian
Airlines Boeing 767-300ER, was hijacked by the unarmed co-pilot en route
from Addis Ababa to Rome, and landed at Geneva. Thankfully, all 202
passengers and crew were unharmed.

4. Malaysia Airlines Flight 17

This one is still fresh in our memories.
Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 (MH17/MAS17) was a scheduled
international passenger flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur that
crashed on 17 July, 2014, having been shot down, killing all 283
passengers and 15 crew on board. The Boeing airliner lost contact about
50 km from the Ukraine–Russia border and crashed near Torez in Donetsk
Oblast, Ukraine, 40 km from the border, over territory controlled by
pro-Russian separatists. The crash occurred during the Battle in
Shakhtarsk Raion, part of the ongoing war in Donbass, in an area
controlled by the Donbass People’s Militia. According to American and
German intelligence sources, the plane was shot down by pro-Russian
separatists using a Buk surface-to-air missile fired from the territory
which they controlled. The Russian government blamed the Ukrainian
government. The Dutch Safety Board is currently leading an investigation
into the incident and issued a preliminary report on 9 September, 2014;
a final accident report is expected in August 2015.

5. Malaysia Airlines Flight 370

The one that shook the world.
Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 was a scheduled international passenger
flight that disappeared on Saturday, 8 March 2014, while flying from
Kuala Lumpur International Airport, Malaysia, to Beijing Capital
International Airport, People’s Republic of China. Flight 370 last made
voice contact with air traffic control at 01:19 MYT (7th March) when it
was over the South China Sea. Less than an hour after takeoff, the
aircraft disappeared from air traffic controllers’ radar screens at
01:21 MYT. Malaysian military radar continued to track Flight 370 as it
deviated from its planned flight path and crossed the Malay Peninsula;
Flight 370 left the range of Malaysian military radar at 02:15 MYT while
over the Andaman Sea, 200 nautical miles (370 km; 230 mi) northwest of
Penang in northwestern Malaysia. Neither the crew nor the aircraft’s
communication systems relayed a distress signal, indications of bad
weather, or technical problems before the aircraft vanished. The
aircraft, a Boeing 777-200ER, was carrying 12 Malaysian crew members and
227 passengers from 15 nations.
Despite being the largest and most expensive search in aviation
history, there has been no confirmation of any flight debris,  resulting
in many unofficial theories about its disappearance. On 24th March, the
Malaysian government, noting that the final location determined by the
satellite communication was far from any possible landing sites,
concluded that “flight MH370 ended in the southern Indian Ocean.” Very



6. Nepal Airlines Flight 183

Nepal Airlines Flight 183 was a scheduled domestic passenger flight
operated by a de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter that crashed in the
jungles near Dhikura about 40 nautical miles (74 kilometres) south-west
of Pokhara, Nepal, on 16 February 2014. Burning wreckage was reported
from a surveillance helicopter and it was concluded that the aircraft
had crashed into a hill, killing all 18 people on board.

7. Olsberg mid-air collision

On 23 June 2014, a mid-air collision occurred over Olsberg, North
Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, during an exercise simulating the
interception of a civilian airliner that was out of radio contact. One
of the aircraft consequently crashed; both occupants died. The fighter
jet managed to land safely.


8. Sepahan Airlines Flight 5915

Sepahan Airlines Flight 5915 was a scheduled domestic passenger flight
from Tehran to Tabas, Iran. On 10 August, 2014, the HESA IrAn-140
aircraft serving the flight crashed shortly after takeoff from Mehrabad
International Airport, falling into a residential area near the Azadi
Stadium. Of the 40 passengers and eight crew on board, 39 people died.

9. TransAsia Airways Flight 222

TransAsia Airways Flight 222 was a scheduled domestic passenger
flight that crashed into a building during approach to land in bad
weather at Magong Airport, Penghu Island, Taiwan, on 23 July, 2014. The
flight was travelling from Kaohsiung International Airport with 54
passengers and four crew members on board; only 10 survived. The exact
circumstances of the accident are under investigation, being led by the
Taiwanese Aviation Safety Council.


10. Ukranian Air Force Ilyushin Il-76 shoot-down

On 14 June, 2014, an Ilyushin Il-76MD of the Ukrainian Air Force was
shot down by forces of the self-proclaimed Lugansk People’s Republic
during the Ukrainian anti-insurgent operation against the unrecognized
Lugansk People’s Republic and the Donetsk People’s Republic. The
aircraft was on approach to land at Luhansk International Airport, and
was carrying troops and equipment from an undisclosed location. All 49
people on board died.

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