A flight operated by Air Algerie and carrying 116 people from Burkina Faso to Algeria’s capital disappeared from radar, the plane’s owner says. Air navigation services lost track of the Swiftair MD-83 about 50 minutes after takeoff from Ougadougou, the capital of Burkina.
Here is a look at some of the world’s deadliest air disasters in recent years:
July 23, 2014 | Taiwan: Taiwan’s TransAsia Airways plane ATR-72, carrying 58 passengers and crew, crashed into a residential neighborhood on Penghu in the Taiwan Strait between Taiwan and China on July 23. The plane was on a flight from the city of Kaohsiung in southern Taiwan. The twin-engine turboprop crashed while making a second landing attempt.
The crash of Flight GE222 was Taiwan’s first fatal air accident in 12 years and came after Typhoon Matmo passed across the island, causing heavy rains that continued into July 23.
July 17, 2014 | Ukraine: A Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 — Flight MH17 en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur — with 298 people aboard crashed in eastern Ukraine near the Russian border on July 17. The Boeing 777 was carrying 298 people, including 28 Australians, when it was shot down by a surface-to-air missile over rebel-held territory in Ukraine. The plane on a scheduled flight to the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur, from Amsterdam and it had not made a distress call.
Ukraine accused the rebels of shooting down the Malaysia Airways plane. The rebels denied it and accused government forces of the same; President Petro Poroshenko denied it as well. The flight manifest of the plane indicated that the MH17 had onboard nationals from Netherlands, Malaysia, Australia, Indonesia, UK, Germany, Belgium, Philippines, Canada, New Zealand and Hong Kong. The 15-member Malaysian crew included two ethnic Indians – flight steward Sanjid Singh Sandu and Ms. Rajendran.
March 08, 2014 | Malaysia: Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, carrying 239 people, including five Indians, an Indo-Canadian and 154 Chinese nationals – had mysteriously vanished on March 8 en route to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur. The Beijing-bound Boeing 777-200 plane disappeared from commercial radar soon after taking off on March 8 over waters between Malaysia and Vietnam.