The “unprecedented mystery” of a missing Malaysian plane has deepened with no trace of wreckage found even after three days of multinational search operations.
Here is a look at some of the world’s deadliest air disasters in recent years:
February 16, 2014 | Nepal: All 18 people aboard a small passenger plane that crashed into a snow covered mountain bad weather in Nepal were killed. The plane carrying 15 passengers and crew of three was en route from Pokhara to Jamia. The crash highlighted the poor safety record of Nepal, where more than a dozen airlines fly to nearly 50 airports, many in remote hills and mountains shrouded in cloud and cut off from roads.
February 11, 2014 | Algeria: A military transport plane carrying members of the Algerian armed forces and their relatives crashed into a mountain, killing 77 people, the worst air disaster in the North African country in a decade. State television showed footage of the wreckage of the plane near the village of Ouled Gacem in eastern Algeria, smoke rising from the site and emergency crews scouring the forested area for survivors and bodies.
November 17, 2013 | Russia: Tatarstan Airlines Boeing 737 went into a nearly vertical dive and crashed onto the runway on landing in Kazan, Russia, killing all 50 people on board. The Boeing 737 belonging to Tatarstan Airlines was making its second attempt at a landing in Kazan, 720 kilometers (520 miles) east of MoscowThe jet hit the runway and burst into flames. All 44 passengers and crew of 6 were killed.
November 13, 2013 | Namibia: A Mozambique Airlines plane en route to Angola crashed in a game park in northeast Namibia, killing all 33 people on board. Flight TM 470 left Maputo for the Angolan capital Luanda with 27 passengers and six crew when it lost contact with air traffic controllers.
October 16, 2013 | Laos: A Lao Airlines plane flying in stormy weather crashed into the Mekong river in southern Laos, killing all 44. The virtually new ATR-72 turboprop plane flying from the capital Vientiane crashed just eight kilometers (five miles) short of its destination Pakse and sank into the river. The weather was poor at the time of the accident.
June 03, 2012 | Lagos: A Dana passenger plane crashed into a densely populated part of Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial hub, killing all 147 people on board. The McDonnell Douglas MD-83, operated by privately owned domestic carrier Dana Air, continued…