10 terrible plane crashes that were avoided
In-plane crashes, few people survive. Time after time, we read about them in the media, earning early gray hair and fear of flying. It seems that the slightest mistake can lead to the death of tens or hundreds of people... and this, in General, is the truth. And yet, sometimes the crash was prevented by an experienced crew or banal luck.
Let's look at the plane crashes that were prevented — in whole or in part.
Tampa DC-8-71F. on February 4, 2007, a cargo plane was making an ordinary flight from Colombia to the United States when one of the doors suddenly opened and came off. Despite the resulting decompression, the plane was able to land and avoid casualties.
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MD-11 crash in Newark. On July 31, 1997, a crash occurred at Newark airport — a landing plane bounced off the runway, after which the right-wing plane crashed into the ground and collapsed. Within minutes, the plane overturned and burned, but 5 people on Board managed to evacuate in time through the cockpit window and remained unharmed.
In 2003, an Air India passenger Boeing 747 was on a flight from Bombay to Jeddah when huge chunks of metal were found on the runway. The plane was grounded and an examination showed serious engine damage. The disaster was avoided only by a miracle.
In 2006, a KC-135 tanker plane simply exploded on the ground during a routine seal check. The incident occurred due to the fault of the aircraft maintenance technician, who turned the valves not according to instructions, but on a hunch. Miraculously, no one was injured.
An accident with a Boeing 737. on April 28, 1988, an Aloha Airlines plane was flying from Hilo to Honolulu when suddenly, at an altitude of 7300 meters, part of the fuselage simply broke off. Pilots and passengers from the first-class were exposed to the open air, and one of the flight attendants was thrown out by the airflow. However, she was the only victim — the pilots landed the plane and saved almost a hundred people.
The disaster in Dallas. On August 31, 1988, a Delta Airlines Boeing 727-232 failed to gain altitude, crashed into a beacon antenna, and crashed to the ground. 14 people were killed, but 94 survived.
The disaster near Leningrad in 1970. On December 31, an Aeroflot Il-18B airliner crashed to the ground a few seconds after takeoff. Six people in the cabin were killed, but the passengers and flight attendants — 80 people — survived.
The disaster in Nairobi. On November 20, 1974, a Boeing 747-130 of the German company Lufthansa crashed to the ground sixteen seconds after departure, crashed into an embankment, and burned. Of the 157 people on board, 59 were killed, and the rest were able to evacuate.
Accident in New Orleans. On may 24, 1988, a Boeing 737−3T0 from TAS suddenly lost both engines during thrust. The pilots were able to plan and crash-land the plane on an embankment parallel to the water channel. As a result, none of the passengers and crew were injured.
The A320 crash-landed on the Hudson River on January 15, 2009. A minute and a half after takeoff, the airliner collided with a flock of geese, and both engines failed. Fortunately, the plane was able to land on the water of the Hudson River. Among the 155 people on board, some were injured, but all were alive.