Every year hundreds of people are injured or lose their lives due to airplane mishaps. The following list includes the top five most disastrous recorded collisions involving airplanes.
1. Chakri-Dardi, India
This collision occurred in 1966 when two airplanes from two different lines collided over this small village. The November 12 date will not soon be forgotten because 349 people lost their lives that day. The events that led up to this horrific collision were related to error on the part of the traffic controllers working in the station. The smaller charter flight of the Kazakhstan Airlines, which had been given a clear signal to descend along the same flight path as the larger Saudi Arabian Airlines Boeing craft, which had been cleared to ascend. The result was the smaller craft’s collision with the larger one.
2. Dniprodzerzhynsk, Ukraine
The fatal collision over this city happened on August 11 of 1979. The fatalities from this accident included all 178 people aboard both planes. The scenario leading up to the collision included heavy cloud cover on that day. The traffic controller on duty did notice the two planes were traveling along the same route and radioed the plane headed for Minsk to ascend out of the path of the oncoming Tupolev TU craft. The controller believed he had received a response back until the silence indicated something terrible had occurred.
3. Zagreb, Yugoslavia
Residents in the town of Vrbovec will not soon forget the mid-air collision that took place above them on September 10, 1976. This collision involved a British airline heading to Istanbul and a Yugoslavian airline traveling to West Germany. The deaths from this collision included all 176 people on both planes as well as one person on the ground. The cause of the accident is directly linked to the heavy traffic in the air at that time as well as error on the part of the traffic controllers for not issuing a new code to one of the planes en route to collide.
4. Shizukuishi, Japan
The skies over Morioka on the Japanese island of Honshu became the scene of one of the most disastrous collisions recorded. On July 30th of 1971, the Nippon Boeing flight 58 collided with a Japanese fighter jet. The accident was a direct result of lack of attention on the part of the jet fighter pilot. When signaled to move the craft out of the way of the oncoming Boeing, the fighter pilot was unable to do so and ejected himself from his plane. The fatalities of this accident were all of the 162 people aboard the Boeing aircraft, of which 125 of those people had been relatives of soldiers who had died in World War II.
5. Mato Grosso, Brazil
The Brazilian rainforest became the last resting place for the people aboard the Brazilian Boeing 737 bound for Rio de Janeiro on the 29th of September in 2006. The investigation following the collision gave a final ruling that placed the blame on both the air traffic controllers and the American pilots flying the smaller Embraer business jet, which managed to land safely with no fatalities. The Boeing crash landed in the Brazilian rainforest instantly killing all 154 people on board.
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