VIDEO: 01 July 2002 Death in Mid-Air – Bashkirian Airlines – DHL

The Überlingen mid-air collision occurred at 23:35 UTC on 1 July 2002 between Bashkirian Airlines Flight 2937 (a Tupolev Tu-154M passenger jet carrying 57 passengers – mostly children – and twelve crew) and DHL Flight 611 [...]

Ramstein AFB, Germany – 28. August 1988

Most air forces and navies of any size have at least one aerial demonstration team. In the U.S., it’s the USAF’s Thunderbirds and the Navy’s Blue Angels. Even the U.S. Army has helicopter and parachuting demo [...]

Reno Air Races — September, 2011

It’s not official yet, but we’re pretty certain that the trim tab – a little rectangular, flap-like device – “departed the airplane,” which was going more than 400 mph at the time. Losing your trim tab [...]

International Air Tattoo, RAF Fairford — 1993

We included this one precisely because, disaster that it was in monetary terms, not one person was injured, let alone killed. Why waste space on this? Because it puts the lie to something those of us [...]

Czar 52, Fairchild AFB – 1994

This one did not happen at an airshow. It happened during a rehearsal for a show the next day at Fairchild AFB in Washington State. The investigation in the aftermath of the crash of Czar 52 [...]

Sknyliv, Ukraine airshow disaster – 2002

Considered the worst airshow disaster ever. The two-seat Sukoi Su-27 fighter (roughly equivalent to the U.S. F-15 Eagle) was performing a routine airshow maneuver when something went wrong. It’s suspected that the crew misjudged their altitude. [...]

No. 20: New York JFK

No. 20: New York JFK Score: 1.65 Runway Incidents: 35 Close Calls: In April of 2011, an Air France double-decker A380 collided with a Delta Connection regional jet while the Airbus was taxiing toward its takeoff [...]

No. 19: Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson

No. 19: Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson Score: 1.68 Runway Incidents: 82 Close Calls: In 2008, a Delta flight taking off for Puerto Vallarta came within an estimated three seconds of colliding with an Atlantic Southeast regional jet that [...]

No. 18: Las Vegas McCarran

No. 18: Las Vegas McCarran Score: 1.81 Runway Incidents: 51 Close Calls: Two planes operated by Air Canada and America West nearly collided in 2005. According to press reports, it was believed a McCarran air traffic [...]

No. 17: Seattle-Tacoma International

No. 17: Seattle-Tacoma International Score: 1.87 Runway Incidents: 31 Close Calls: Snow and ice on the runway and low visibility at Sea-Tac contributed to a cargo 747 sliding off the end of the runway. The Fix: [...]

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