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Prague, Czech Republic – October 4th, 2016 – Strong cross-winds nearly led to a disastrous landing at Prague’s Airport. The Boeing 737-400 operated by Air Horizont from Naples, Italy, attempted a dicey landing in Prague with crosswinds gusting at 26 kts. The aircraft is bowing back and forth as it nearly touches ground, only to pull back up at the last possible moment.
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A key maneuver for landing is called flare. The flare precedes the touchdown phase of landing. In the flare the nose of the plane is raised, slowing the descent rate and the speed, and the proper attitude is set for touchdown. The attitude is set to touchdown on the main landing gear first. Then the nose landing gear shall slowly descend to contact the runway.
This video shows what happen when the flare maneuver is missed. This Let 410 has completely missed its flare: the pilot did not pitch up before landing. Both main and nose landing gear touched the ground simultaneously. Fortunately, there were no injuries on board, but the plane was slightly damaged. It can happen to everybody to miss its landing, but the good decision in that case would have been to go around after the first bounce, and retry a cleaner landing.
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25th April 2015 – This A320-200 operated by Turkish Airlines performing flight from Milan, Italy, to Istanbul, Turkey, with 97 passengers, landed on Istanbul Ataturk Airport's but rolled right just before touchdown causing the right engine and wing to contact the runway and a hard touch down. The crew initiated a go-around, then declared emergency due to an engine (V2527) inoperative and positioned for another landing. The aircraft touched down, but with the right main gear collapsed the aircraft skidded on its right engine, with sparks and smoke trailing the engine, and veered right off the runway spinning nearly 180 degrees. The A320 was evacuated. There were no injuries, the aircraft received substantial damage.
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Taipei, Taiwan - February 4th 2015 - The ATR-72-600 operated by TransAsia takes off from Taipei with 58 people onboard. Within a minute after lift off, the right-hand engine flames out, but the crew shut down the left-hand engine. Therefore, engines were not anymore able to give power to the aircraft. The crew declares an emergency. The plane looses altitude, hit a taxi on a viaduct with its left wing and crashes in the Keelung River. 15 occupants are injured, and 43 occupants are killed. Both occupants of the taxi receive minor injuries.
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Amazing landing of a Boeing 767 at the Birmingham airport, England. The video shows the aircraft swaying wildly in the air in crosswinds of up to 40mph. But the pilot skilfully manages to keep control.
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July 6th 2013 - San Francisco airport, CA, USA - The Boeing 777-200 operated by Asiana Airline took off from Seoul, South Korea, for a passenger flight to San Francisco, CA, USA. 291 passengers and 16 crewmembers were onboard. During landing, the plane touched down short of runway impacting the edge separating the runway from the San Francisco Bay, and crashed. 3 people were killed in the accident, 10 people were seriously injured, and 120 people were injured. The majority of survivors escaped without injuries.
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29th April 2013 – Bagram, Afghanistan - The Boeing 747-400 freighter operated by National Air Cargo on behalf of US Mobility Command took off from Bagram, Afghanistan, for a cargo flight to Dubai Al Maktoum, United Arab Emirates. 7 crewmembers and cargo consisting of 5 military vehicles were onboard. The plane stalled shortly after takeoff and crashed, killing all the 7 people onboard.
A car driver on a road next to the Bagram airport caught the aircraft climbing out, stalling and coming down on his car camera.
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29th December 2012 – Moscow, Russia - Footage shot from a car that collided with a Red Wings Tupolev 204. The car was circulating on the highway M3 when the TU-204 overan Moscow airport runway, broke up and ended on the highway. The TU-204 was performing a positioning flight from Pardubice, Czech Republic, to Moscow, Russia. 8 crew were onboard. 5 crew were killed, and 3 received serious injuries. The car driver has not been injured.
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June 20th 2012 - This ANA All Nippon Airways Boeing 767-300 performing flight from Beijing, China, to Tokyo, Japan, with 193 people on board, made a hard landing at Tokyo Airport. The plane bounced off and touched down a second time nose gear first before the aircraft settled on the runway, rolled out and taxied to the apron.
No injuries occurred, the aircraft received substantial damage: the fuselage skin received numerous serious creases.
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November 1st 2011 - This LOT Airlines Boeing 767-35DER made a gear-up landing at Warsaw Airport, Poland. The airplane carried 230 passengers, and no one was injured.
The plane came from Newark, NJ, U.S.A. During the flight the airplane suffered a hydraulic system failure. While on approach to Warsaw's runway 33, the crew managed to deploy the flaps for landing but the undercarriage could not be lowered. The airplane entered a holding pattern at 2750 feet but the gear could not be deployed. The crew decided to make a belly landing.
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This CAA Cargo Boeing 727 overshoots the runway on takeoff due to overweight in the aircraft.
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This Ilyushin IL-18 Coot, operated by DHL, aborts take-off from the 8202ft long airstrip at Cabinda, Angola. But the airstrip is not long enough.
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This Boeing 767-260ER belonging to Ethiopian Airlines was en route from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to Nairobi, Kenya, on November 23rd 1996. 172 passengers and crew were onboard. The plane was hijacked by three Ethiopians seeking political asylum in Australia, and asking the crew to fly to Australia. The pilot explained they had only taken on the fuel needed for the scheduled flight and thus could not even make a quarter of the journey, but the hijackers did not believe him. The pilot secretly headed for the Comoro Islands, which lie midway between Madagascar and the African mainland.
The plane eventually ran out of fuel. A fight with the hijackers prevented the crew to land on Comores aiport. The pilot tried to ditch the aircraft in shallow waters 500 metres off the coast. The plane left engine and wingtip struck the water first. The left engine then struck a coral reef, slowing that side of the aircraft quickly, causing the Boeing 767 to violently spin left and break apart.
122 of the 172 people on board were killed, along with the hijackers. The other 50 survived with injuries.
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April 11, 2011 - John F. Kennedy Airport in New York, United State - The left wing tip of an Air France Airbus A380 taxiing away from the gate for take off struck the left horizontal stabilizer of Comair CRJ-700 while the Comair airplane was taxiing to its gate. There were 485 passengers and 25 crew onboard the Airbus and 52 passengers and 4 crew onboard the CRJ. No injuries were reported on either aircraft. Both aircraft were taken out of service for reparations.
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September 14th, 2009 - The ContactAir Fokker-100 flying from Berlin to Stuttgart, landed on its belly after its main gear would not fully deploy on landing. The Lufthansa-owned airline’s plane circled for 90 minutes to dump fuel and try to troubleshoot the issue, and had its main gear only partially deployed on touchdown onto Stuttgart runway, which had been covered with foam by the crash-rescue team. The passengers were evacuated via emergency slides, where only one passenger of the 73 onboard received minor injuries.
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Kabul, Afghanistan, September 27th 2003 - This Ariana Afghan Airbus A300 went off the side of the runway during an emergency landing following nose gear problems which developed during takeoff.
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May 10th 2005 - The crew of the DC-9-51 reported loss of right hydraulic system fluid quantity during the climb to cruise after takeoff from Columbus, Ohio. Upon landing at Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport, the plane cleared the runway and began the taxi to its gate. Shortly thereafter, the crew reported that a total loss of steering and braking occurred. The aircraft impacted the right wing of Northwest A319, which was pushing back off gate. Both cockpit crew members aboard the DC-9 were seriously injured; the remaining passengers on both aircraft were uninjured.
Click here to see the photos shot after the accident.
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Video images capturing the Sudan Airways Boeing 707 crash during take-off from Sharjah Airport, United Arab Emirates, on October 21st 2009 appear to show a falling object shortly before the jet came down. But within 15 seconds two frames of the footage show an unidentified object apparently dropping to the ground and, another 15 seconds later, the aircraft rapidly descending, in a steep bank, to the right of the departure path, and crashed. None of the six occupants said to be on board the aircraft survived the accident.
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See this Swiss BAe-146 making a very tough landing at London City Airport.

Landing at London City Airport is tough, because of the short runway and steep approach. In addition, this day, a strong cross-wind was prevailing. If it doesn't look or feel right it is generally a good idea to give it away and have another attempt. For whatever reason, this flight crew decided to press. If nothing else, it's a testament to the toughness of the BAE 146 airframe.
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This Boeing 737-300 was operated by Tarom, with 123 passengers and crewmember onboard. Accelerating for takeoff, at a speed of about 90 kts, the plane hit a maintenance vehicle with the left engine and with the left landing gear. The aircraft ran off the left side of the runway and came to rest 137 meters left of the centerline. Visibility at the time was poor due to thick fog. Everybody survived.

The first part of this video is shot by a passenger inside the plane.
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Video of the FedEx cargo MD-11 accident that happened in Tokyo, Japan, on March 23rd 2009. The planed missed its landing probably because of windshears, with dramatic results. The plane exploded, killing both crewmembers onboard.
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Footage of the US Airways A320 ditching in the Hudson River on January 15th 2009. The plane hit a flock of geese minutes after take-off from New York and subsequently lost power on both engine. It ended in the Hudson river. All of the 155 people on board had managed to escape alive.
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Video of the Spanair MD-82 accident in Madrid, Spain, on August 20th 2008. The video was recorded by airport cameras. It shows the aircraft accelerating on the runway to take off. Its wheels are barely off the ground when it crashes in a cloud of smoke and flames. 154 people were killed, and 18 people escaped alive.
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In December 2007, this Boeing 737-700 belonging to SAA was taxiing on Lusaka International airport, Zambia, when it hit and overturned a stationary utility truck with the left wing tip. No injury, but the impact made a hole in the wing. The scene was shot by a passenger onboard the plane.
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On September 21, 2005, Jet Blue Airlines flight 292, an Airbus A-320, landed at Los Angeles International Airport, California, with the nose wheels cocked 90 degrees. The 8 crewmembers and 140 passengers were not injured during this spectacular landing.
Before landing, the crew flew for several hours to burn fuel so that they could land at a lighter weight. The cabin crew emptied the first three rows of seats, and moved the baggage as far aft as possible. The plane touched down at 120 knots and held the nose gear off of the ground as long as possible. When the nose gear did touch down, there were sparks and flames from it, but no fire started.
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An Airbus A-320 operated by the German airline Lufthansa almost crashed March 1st, 2008, in Hambourg, Germany. The plane, which was travelling from Munich with 131 passengers aboard, faced strong crosswinds upon landing in Hamburg. In this situation, the plane has to perform a crab approach, and the aircraft is kicked straight with the rudder just before touchdown. Actions on the sidestick are also necessary to avoid a dangerous roll. The pilot has not compensated enough the roll, and the aircraft's left wing tip touched the ground. The plane aborted the approach before landing safely on the second attempt. It later underwent repairs. Photos here.
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Edwards Air Force Base in California, 1982 - This McDonnell Douglas MD-80 was performing a test flight. During landing, the rate of descent was too high and the plane crashed. All 7 crewmembers aboard survived.
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This DC-8 approaches the runway under heavy winds. The plane is about to land when a wind shear causes the plane to dive dangerously.
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This Boeing 707 freighter belonging to First International Airways crashed on January 16th 1997 in Kananga Airport, Congo. The plane landed hard and the left main gear collapsed. The aircraft ran off the side of the runway and caught fire. The 5 crew-members escaped without major injury.
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Spectacular video of a DHC-8 belonging to SAS Commuter. The aircraft suffered a landing gear collapse right after touchdown. The right wing and nr.2 propeller struck the runway surface, igniting a fire. The plane swerved to the right and turned before coming to rest in the grass next to the runway. No one was hurt.
The scene occurred on September 9th 2007 at Aalborg Airport (Denmark).
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Okinawa Airport, Japan, August 20th 2007 – Soon after this China Airlines Boeing 737-800 arrived at the gate, a fire erupted. Passengers are immediately evacuated. The last passenger had just jumped onto the tarmac when the plane exploded.
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This footage was taken from a plane landing at Bern airport Switzerland. It was quite a windy day and wind shear caused the plane to hit the runway hard. The crew had to go-around to regain control.
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An All Nippon Airways (ANA) plane carrying 56 passengers and four crew landed safely at Kochi Airport in southern Japan on March 13th 2007 after its nose gear failed to descend. The Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 landed on its rear wheels and progressed down the runway before the nose touched down and some sparks flew. No one was injured.
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July 10th, 2006 - This TU-134 was taking off from Gvardeyskoye (Ukraine) Air Base when nr.1 engine failed and caught fire, possibly as a result of a bird strike. Takeoff was aborted but the Tupolev overran the runway and burst into flames. All the 20 occupants survived, but 3 were injured.
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A few seconds after take-off from Zurich airport (in 2001), the left engine of this A330 flames out. This phenomenon happens when the fuel combustion can not be realised inside the engine (lack of oxygen, water ingestion …). The engine can shut down and must be restarted in flight.
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August 22nd, 2006 – A Tupolev TU-154 belonging to Pulkovo Airlines flies over a thunderstorm above Ukraine. A few minutes later, the plane crashed and burst into flames. Witnesses captured the accident with a cell phone.
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Concorde crash - On July 25th, 2000, the Concorde F-BTSC operated by Air-France is ready to take off from Paris Charles de Gaulle for the passenger flight to New York. During the take-off run, a fire erupted under the left wing. A few seconds after lift-off, both left engines lost thrust, and the plane crashed on a hotel. All the 109 people onboard are killed, as well as 4 people on ground.
Click hereafter to know the investigation conclusions and the black boxes transcriptions.
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On October 31st, 2000, this Boeing 747-400 operated by Singapore Airlines crashed on Chiang Kai-Shek International Airport (CKS Airport), Tao-Yuan, Taiwan, Republic of China. The plane attempted to take off on a partially close runway. Heavy rain and strong winds from typhoon “Xangsane” prevailed at the time of the accident. 83 out of the 179 people onboard were killed. This video shot by a passenger of a nearby airplane shows the Boeing 747 on fire just after the crash.
Click hereafter to know the crash investigation conclusions.
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September 11th attacks in 2001 – Video taken by a security camera of the Pentagon and showing the crash of the American Airlines Boeing 757 on the Pentagon. All the 64 people onboard were killed as well as many others in the destroyed section of the Pentagon.
Click hereafter for details about the 4 hijacked aircraft during September 11th attacks.
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September 11th attacks in 2001 – Sample of several videos of the second aircraft hijacked (a Boeing 767 from United airlines) that crashed into the World Trade Center (WTC) in New York. All the 65 people onboard were killed as well as many others in the targeted tower.
Click hereafter for details about the 4 hijacked aircraft during September 11th attacks.
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September 11th attacks in 2001 – Video of the first aircraft hijacked (a Boeing 767 from American Airline) that crashed into the World Trade Center (WTC) in New York. All the 92 people onboard were killed as well as many others in the targeted tower.
Click hereafter for details about the 4 hijacked aircraft during September 11th attacks.
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On June 07th 2006, a Tradewinds International Airlines' Boeing 747-200F operating a cargo flight was filmed while it overran the runway. The aircraft was taking off from Rionegro/Medellín-José María Córdova Airport (Colombia) when it sustained an engine failure. The 747 aborted take-off but it overran the wet runway and came to rest 150 meters past the runway end. None of the 5 crewmembers were seriously injured.
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On November 22th, 2003, this Airbus A300-B4 freighter was impacted by a surface-to-air missile shortly after takeoff from the Baghdad International Airport (Irak). The left wing is damaged and all the three hydraulic circuits are lost. The crew eventually managed to land the plane by adjusting thrust on each engine. There is no serious injury among the 3 crew members.
The video has been captured by Iraqi troops. They claimed to have fired the missile that impacted the plane.
For more data about this crash, click on this link: DHL crash in Irak (2003).
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The Boeing 737 from Piedmont airlines, with 106 people aboard, was flying from Washington to Charlotte, N.C., when the crew could not get the main left landing gear down. It was diverted to Greensboro for an emergency landing. The crew brought the aircraft onto the runway as slow as possible, and managed to land. No one was injured.
Investigators have found that rubber wheel blocks were left in the gear well, jamming the left gear in up position.
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The Hong Kong's old Kai-Tak Airport approach is not the easiest one, especially with a strong cross wind. As the procedure requests, this Boeing 747 performs a crab approach: the rudder is used to maintain the aircraft heading, and the aircraft is kicked straight with the rudder just before touchdown.
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Video of an aircraft hit by lightning.
An aircraft is hit by lightning once a year, in average. Fortunately, the consequences of such an impact are minor, thanks to the Faraday shield effect of the aircraft. The energy of the lightning is distributed on the whole aircraft structure. The passengers are protected. However, the crew may be blinded a few seconds because of the flash.
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To simulate a high altitude bomb explosion, explosives have been loaded in this Boeing B747 (200 grams of Semtex). The aircraft was pressurized to simulate an explosion at 30 000 ft.
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Spectacular landing for an Alitalia MD-11: a strong wind put the aircraft away from the runway axis. Fortunately, nobody was injured.
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On July 19, 1989, this United airline DC-10 crashed at Sioux City airport (Iowa, USA).
The cause of the accident is that the fan disk of its tail-mounted engine, weakened by fatigue cracks, fragmented catastrophically, and the engine assembly failed to contain the debris which severed all three of the airplane's hydraulic systems. It had left all control surfaces on the airplane immovable. The only way to control the plane was by adjusting the thrust on the two remaining wing-mounted engines.
During the emergency landing, the right wing dropped and the nose pitched forward. The tip of the right wing contacted the runway first and the aircraft skidded to the right, ignited and somersaulted. 184 passengers survived, 112 passengers died.
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On August 22nd, 1999, a China Airlines MD-11 crashes while attempting to land in a typhoon at Hong Kong. Just before landing on the runway, the aircraft banked right and its wingtip struck the ground. The aircraft rolled onto its back and skidded. It stopped upside down. There was an immediate fire near the rear of the aircraft. Among the 315 people onboard, 3 were killed.
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