20 Airbus Crashes: Buried Thousands of People

Here you can see 20 airbus crashes that made the world fall in a panic situation.

1. 2020 and PIA Airbus A320 Crash in KARACHI:
  • Class: Airbus A320
  • Operator: PIA
  • Registration: N113UW
  • Flight Number: 8303
  • Departure Location: Lahore Airport, Pakistan
  • Destination Location:  Jinnah International Airport Karachi, Pakistan
  • Airplane Damage: Destroyed
  • Date: May 22, 2020
  • Passengers total: 99
  • Dead Passengers: 97
  • Ground Fatalities: 01
  • Ground injured: 07
  • Survivors: 02

Pakistan International Airline (PIA) Airbus A320 flight PK8303 was flying from Lahore Airport to Jinnah International Airport Karachi carrying 99 passengers. The plane was 1 minute away from destination airport Karachi when it crashed in the residential area Model Colony Karachi. Out of 99 passengers, only 2 passengers survived miraculously. 97 passengers died including 3 to 4 whole families, army officers, and a famous model Zara Abid.

Plane’s first landing was at about 14:30 local time (9:30 GMT) but pilot abort and decided to take second attempt to land. According to civil aviation officials, there was a problem in landing gear while the pilot took an attempt at the first landing. When the pilot contacted with air traffic controller, his words were “We are returning back, sir, We have lost engines”.Then he went for the second round then further he said” Mayday!Mayday!Mayday!” after 10-15 minutes plane crashed upon landing in model colony Karachi on 22 May.

In a press conference on 26 May, PIA discussed A320’s maintenance and registration records that shows all air crafts are checked before their departure.

The survivors are Muhammad Zubair and Zafar Masood, President of Bank of Punjab. Zafar Masood got fractures but was conscious and responding well. Muhammad Zubair told the whole eye-witnessed story. In his interview, he told about the incident that he saw smoke and fire around him and heard screams from all directions.

2. 2018 and Airbus A320-214 Crash:
  • Class: Airbus A320-214
  • Operator: SmartLynx Airlines Estonia
  • Registration: ES-SAN
  • Flight Number: MYX9001
  • Departure Location: Tallinn-Lennart Meri Airport(TLL/EETN), Estonia
  • Destination Location:  Tallinn-Lennart Meri Airport(TLL/EETN), Estonia
  • Airplane Damage: Destroyed
  • Date: February 28, 2018
  • Crew: 07
  • Survivors: 07

SmartLynx Airlines Estonia Airbus A320-214 with registration ES-SAN was doing a training on Tallinn-Lennart Meri Airport(TLL/EETN), Estonia. This Airbus A320-214 with flight number MYX9001 having 7 crew lost control during a training flight.

At 12:03 local time, plane left from Tallinn-Lennart Meri Airport(TLL/EETN), Estonia. At that time, captain instructor, second pilot, four students, and a Civil Aviation Administration Inspector were on the flight. After some training of touch-and-goes including two full-stop landings, aircraft stopped responding to controls on runway 08 on the final approach at 17:04. Aircraft hit the runway on the loss of altitude. The engines hit the runway so hard with flame and spark visible. Then aircraft managed to be at altitude and aircraft landed in an emergency at 17:11 about 150 meters from the runway. Crew members moved out of the aircraft from L1 door emergency escape slides. Two crew members got minor injuries and aircraft was sustainably damaged.

This accident was investigated by the investigation agency ESIB. The duration of the investigation was 1 year and 8 months. Agency completed the investigation and gave a final report.

3. 2017 and Air Canada Flight 759 Crash:
  • Class: Airbus A320
  • Operator: Air Canada
  • Registration: C-FKCK
  • Flight Number: 759
  • Departure Location: Toronto Pearson International Airport, Canada
  • Destination Location: San Francisco International Airport, US
  • Airplane Damage: Destroyed
  • Date: July 07, 2017
  • Passengers total: 140
  • Dead Passengers: 00
  • Survivors: 140

On 7 July, Friday night Air Canada Pilot was landing on the San Francisco International Airport taxiway instead of the proper runway. At that time Air Canada was carrying 135 passengers and 5 crew. The pilot was just about to land on crowded airport where four fully loaded airbuses were there to take off. At that time one of the airport runways was closed and only a single air traffic controller was working in the tower. 

Retired United Airlines Captain Ross Aimer, CEO of Aero Consulting Experts said” That’s very close. Extremely Close. The incident happened at 11:55 pm and according to FAA, runway 28L was closed with its lights dark. In audio, the pilot asked about navigation lights of the runway so no aircraft was there.  On an order of pulling up the plane by the tower, the pilot pulled up the plane quickly. After go-around, the plane landed without any incident.

4. 2017 and Qatar Airways Airbus A321-231 Crash:
  • Class: Airbus A321-231
  • Operator: Qatar Airways
  • Registration: A7-AIB
  • Incident Location: Doha-Hammad International Airport, Qatar
  • Airplane Damage: Badly damaged
  • Date: December 08, 2017

Qatar Airways using Airbus A321-231 was parked on Doha-Hammad International Airport, Qatar. IFE Antenna caught fire and damaged airplane even the airplane’s roof was burnt.

5. 2016 and EgyptAir Flight 804:
  • Class: Airbus A320-232
  • Operator: EgyptAir
  • Registration: SU-GCC
  • Flight Number: 804
  • Departure Location: Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport, France
  • Destination Location:  Cairo International Airport, Egypt
  • Airplane Damage: Destroyed
  • Date: May 19, 2016
  • Passengers total: 66
  • Dead Passengers: 66
  • Survivors:00

On 19 May 2016, Airbus A320-232 EgyptAir Flight 804 SU-GCC carrying 66 passengers crashed into the Mediterranean Sea and killed all 66. Departure airport was Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport, France, and destination airport was Cairo, Egypt. On May 18, aircraft departed at 23:21 local time while the scheduled time was 22:45 local time. The flight was last contacted at 2:29 hours at FL370. After taking turn it disappeared off the radars. On June 16, 2016, flight data recorder and Cockpit voice recorder were found from the sea. Voice recorders showed the existence of fire. Aircraft was totally destroyed.

6. 2015 and Turkish Airlines Flight 1878 A320-232:
  • Class: Airbus A320-232
  • Operator: Turkish Airlines
  • Registration: TC-JPE
  • Flight Number: TK1878
  • Departure Location: Milano-Malpensa Airport, Italy
  • Destination Location: Istanbul-Ataturk International Airport, Turkey
  • Airplane Damage: Destroyed
  • Date: 25 April 2015
  • Passengers total: 97
  • Dead Passengers: 00
  • Survivors: 97

Turkish Airlines Flight 1878 A320-232 suffered a landing accident at Istanbul Ataturk International Airport (IST), Turkey. This aircraft departed from Milano-Malpensa Airport at 7:00 hours local time. The aircraft approached runway 05 at Istanbul Ataturk International Airport. The landing was not normal so the pilot climbed up again. Because of the first discontinued landing, engines and gears were damaged with visible flames. Then the airplane attempted landing again at runway 35L at 10:41 local time. While attempting landing second time, right gear collapsed and engine no. 2 dragged along the runway. All passengers moved out of the aircraft with no injuries.

7. 2015 and Asian airlines flight 162 Airbus A320-232:
  • Class: Airbus A320-232
  • Operator: Asiana airlines
  • Registration: HL7762
  • Flight Number: OZ162
  • Departure Location: Seul Incheon International Airport South Korea
  • Destination Location: Hiroshima Airport, Mihara, Japan
  • Airplane Damage: Substantial Damage
  • Date: 14 April 2015
  • Passengers: 82
  • Dead Passengers: 0
  • Survivors:82

The flight was about to approach runway 28 RNAV (GNSS). Captain found it difficult to land for the first time because of the fog layer. It was advised to pilot for a go-around and then to take a landing attempt. But the landing gear and engines were damaged drastically in this one of the bad airbus crashes.

8. 2014 and US Airways Airbus A320-214:
  • Class: Airbus A320-214
  • Operator: US Airways
  • Registration: N113UW
  • Flight Number: 1702
  • Departure Location: Philadelphia, PA
  • Destination Location: Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • Airplane Damage: Damaged beyond repair
  • Date: 14 March 2014
  • Passengers total: 154
  • Dead Passengers: 0
  • Survivors:154

Aircraft US Airways Airbus A320-214 was taking off from Philadelphia, PA Airport for destination airport Fort Lauderdale, FL on 14 March 2014. During taking off, due to the flight crew’s failure to follow the standard procedure, aircraft could not take off normally as its tail was struck on the runway. Passengers moved out quickly and no one was injured. It also has a name in the list of worst airbus crashes because of drastic takeoff.

US Airways Flight 1702
9. 2013 and Cebu Pecific Flight using an Airbus 320-214:
  • Class: Airbus A320-214
  • Operator: Cebu Pacific
  • Registration: RP-C3266
  • Flight Number: 971
  • Departure Location: Manila Ninoy Aquino International Airport, Philippines
  • Destination Location: Davao City-Francisco Bangoy International Airport, Philippines
  • Airplane Damage: Minor
  • Date: June 02, 2013
  • Crew: 06
  • Passengers: 165
  • Passengers total: 171
  • Dead Passengers: 00
  • Survivors: 171

Cebu Pacific Flight using an Airbus 320-214 was landing from Manila Ninoy Aquino International Airport, the Philippines to Davao City-Francisco Bangoy International Airport, Philippines. While attempting landing pilot mistook the right edge lights as the centerline lights and that caused the airplane to be at the right half portion of the runway. The nosegear was badly damaged but fortunately all passengers including crew survived. Aircraft was repaired and came into service.

10. 2012 and Syrian Air Flight using Airbus A320-232:
  • Class: Airbus A320-232
  • Operator: Syrian Air
  • Registration: YK-AKF
  • Flight Number: 501
  • Departure Location: Damascus International Airport, Syria
  • Destination Location: Latakia Airport, Syria
  • Airplane Damage: Damaged beyond repair
  • Date: September 20, 2012

Syrian Air Flight using Airbus A320-232 was flying from Damascus International Airport, Syria to Latakia Airport, Syria. During flying, the Syrian military helicopter collided with this airplane at midnight. Fortunately, airbus landed safely at Damascus airport, Syria but the helicopter was crashed. Three occupants of the helicopter were killed.

11. 2010 and Airblue using an Airbus A321:
  • Class: Airbus A321
  • Operator: Airblue
  • Registration: AP-BJB
  • Flight Number: ABQ202
  • Departure Location: Karachi Airport, Pakistan
  • Destination Location: Islamabad Airport, Pakistan
  • Airplane Damage: Completely destroyed
  • Date: July 28, 2010
  • Crew: 06
  • Passengers: 146
  • Passengers total: 152
  • Dead Passengers: 152
  • Survivors: 00

Airblue flight ABQ202 using an Airbus A321 was flying from Karachi, Pakistan to Islamabad, Pakistan on 28 July. Captain ignored the 21 warnings (in 70 seconds) of pulling up. Captain also violated the prescribed procedure for the circling approach. Aircraft crew also suffered low visibility because of poor weather. This accident was one of the wort airbus crashes.

12. 2003 and TransAsia Airways using an Airbus A321:
  • Class: Airbus A321
  • Operator: TransAsia Airways
  • Registration: B-22603
  • Flight Number: GE543
  • Departure Location: Taipei-Songshan Airport, Taiwan
  • Destination Location: Tainan Airport, Taiwan
  • Airplane Damage: Badly damaged
  • Date: March 21, 2003
  • Crew: 06
  • Passengers: 169
  • Passengers total: 175
  • Survivors: 175

TransAsia Airways Flight 543 using an Airbus A321 departed from Teipei-Songshan Airport, Taiwan to Tainan Airport, Taiwan in 21 March. During landing, airplane collided with a truck o runway that caused two people in truck to be injured. While the crew and passengers moved out safely.

13. 2011 and Gulf Air using an airbus A320-214:
  • Class: Airbus A320-214
  • Operator: Gulf Air
  • Registration: A9C-AG
  • Flight Number: GF270
  • Departure Location: Bahrain International Airport, Bahrain
  • Destination Location: Cochin International Airport, India
  • Airplane Damage: Minor
  • Date: August 29, 2011
  • Crew: 06
  • Passengers: 137
  • Passengers total: 143
  • Dead Passengers: 00
  • Injured: 07
  • Survivors: 143

Gulf Air flight GF270 using an airbus A320-214 was flying from Bahrain International Airport, Bahrain to Cochin International Airport, India on 29 August. During landing, because of pilot mistake and reduced visibility conditions because of heavy rains and strong winds. The airplane was drastically damaged and it was reported that some people moved out of the airplane via the emergency exit.

14. 2009 and US Airways using an airbus A320-214:
  • Class: Airbus A320-214
  • Operator: US Airways
  • Registration: N106US
  • Flight Number: US1549
  • Departure Location: New York-La Guardia Airport, United States of America
  • Destination Location: Charlotte-Douglas International Airport, United States of America
  • Airplane Damage: Drastically damaged
  • Date: January 15, 2009
  • Crew: 05
  • Passengers: 150
  • Passengers total: 155
  • Dead Passengers: 00
  • Injured: 07
  • Survivors:143

US Airways Flight US1549 using an airbus A320-214 was flying from New York-La Gaurdia Airport, United States of America for destination Charlotte-Douglas International Airport, United States of America on 15 January. After seven minutes of taking off, it was ditched into the Hudson River. Airplane collided with the flock of canada geese and its 2 engines were damaged.

US Airways Flight 1549
15. 2008 and XL Airways Germany using an Airbus 320-232:
  • Class: Airbus A320-214
  • Operator: XL Airways Germany
  • Registration: D-AXLA
  • Flight Number: NE888T
  • Departure Location: Perpignan Airport, France
  • Destination Location: Perpignan airport, France
  • Airplane Damage: Minor
  • Date: November 27, 2008
  • Crew: 07
  • Passengers: 00
  • Passengers total: 07
  • Dead Passengers: 07
  • Survivors: 00

XL Airways Germany Flight NE888T using an Airbus 320-232 was doing training but unfortunately, control was not regained and aircraft crashed into the sea. Aircraft was leased by XL Airways Germany and that had to be returned to its owner Air New Zealand.

16. 2007 and TAM Airlines using an Airbus A320-233:
  • Class: Airbus A320-233
  • Operator: TAM Linhas Aereas
  • Registration: PR-MBK
  • Flight Number: JJ3054
  • Departure Location: Porto Alegre-Salgado Filho International airport, Brazil
  • Destination Location: Sao Paulo-Congonhas Airport, Brazil
  • Airplane Damage: Destroyed
  • Date: July 17, 2007
  • Crew: 06
  • Passengers: 181
  • Passengers total: 187
  • Ground Fatalities: 12
  • Dead Passengers: 199
  • Survivors: 00
Airbus A320 Crash in Sao Paulo

TAM Airlines Flight JJ3054 using an Airbus A320-233 was flying from Porto Alegre-salgado filho International airport, Brazil for the destination Sao Paulo-Congonhas Airport, Brazil on 17 July. Because of pilot error and bad weather condition, airplane crossed runway and crashed at the end of runway. Total of 199 including Crew, passengers and ground fatalities died in this accident.

17. 2006 and Armavia flight using an airbus A320-211:
  • Class: Airbus A320-211
  • Operator: Armavia
  • Registration: EK32009
  • Flight Number: 967
  • Departure Location: Yerevan Airport, Armenia
  • Destination Location: Adler/Sochi Airport, Russia
  • Airplane Damage: Destroyed
  • Date: May 03, 2006
  • Crew: 08
  • Passengers: 105
  • Passengers total: 113
  • Dead Passengers: 113
  • Survivors: 00

Armavia flight using an Airbus A320-211 departed from Yerevan Airport, Armenia to Adler/Sochi Airport, Russia. But unfortunately because of Pilot error and poor weather conditions aircraft crashed into the Black Sea. A total of 113 including crew and passengers lost their lives in this accident.

18. 2005 and JetBlue using an airbus A320-232:
  • Class: Airbus A320-232
  • Operator: JetBlue Airways
  • Registration: N536JB
  • Flight Number: 292
  • Departure Location: Burbank, CA (BUR)
  • Destination Location: New York, NY (JFK)
  • Airplane Damage: Minor
  • Date: September 21, 2005
  • Passengers total: 146
  • Dead Passengers: 00
  • Survivors: 146

JetBlue Flight 292 using an Airbus A320-232 landed on Los Angeles International Airport, California in an emergency situation. Unfortunately, nose wheels were jammed but the good point was no one injured.

JetBlue Landing Accident
19. 2001 and Iberia using an Airbus A320-214:
  • Class: Airbus A320-214
  • Operator: Iberia
  • Registration: EC-HKJ
  • Flight Number: IB1456
  • Departure Location: Barcelona-EL Prat Airport, Spain
  • Destination Location: Bilbao Airport, Spain
  • Airplane Damage: Drastically Damaged
  • Date: February 07, 2001
  • Crew: 07
  • Passengers: 136
  • Passengers total: 143
  • Dead Passengers: 00
  • Survivors: 143

Iberia flight IB1456 using an Airbus A320-214 departed from Barcelona-EL Prat Airport, Spain to Bilbao Airport, Spain. Aircraft carrying 143 people crashed on landing at Bilbao Airport encountering heavy low-level turbulence and gusts. All people survived and aircraft were drastically damaged.

20. 2000 and Gulf Air using an Airbus A320-212:
  • Class: Airbus A320-212
  • Operator: Gulf Air
  • Registration: A40-EK
  • Flight Number: GF072
  • Departure Location: Cairo International Airport, Egypt
  • Destination Location: Bahrain International Airport, Bahrain
  • Airplane Damage: Damaged beyond repair
  • Date: August 23, 2000
  • Crew: 08
  • Passengers: 135
  • Passengers total: 143
  • Dead Passengers: 143
  • Survivors: 00

Gulf Air Flight GF072 using an Airbus A320-212 departed from Cairo International Airport, Egypt for Bahrain International Airport, Bahrain on 23 august. The airplane was landing on normal mode on runway 12 of Bahrain International Airport, Bahrain but then because of an unbalance situation airplanes went on go-around and crashed into the Persian Gulf.

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