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Emergency landing on Florida highway after double engine failure of Bombardier CL-600 Business Jet

The Bombardier CL-600 business jet lost both engines while on approach to Naples Airport, Florida, on February 9th 2024, . The crew radioed there would not be able to make it to the runway and decided to make a forced landing on the I-75 highway, 5km northeast of Naples Airport. The aircraft struck a truck during the landing and burst into flames as it came to rest against a concrete wall at the side the highway. Both pilots were killed. 3 other occupants survived.

Japan Airlines A350 bursts into flames after collision with coastguard plane at Tokyo airport

January 2nd 2024 - The Airbus A350-900 operated by JAL Japan Airlines collided with a Japanese Coast Guard aircraft while landing at Tokyo airport. The nose landing gear collapsed and the A350 burst into flames. All the 379 occupants escaped from the A350.
See here more information about this Japan Airlines A350 accident.

The Air Antilles Express DHC-6 veers off the runway on landing and collides with a helicopter

On August 24rd 2023, the Air Antilles Express DHC-6 landed on Saint Barthelemy airport (France), veered off the left side of runway and struck a parked Eurocopter AS350 Écureuil helicopter. 7 people were onboard, and one occupant received minor injuries. There was no one on board the helicopter at the time of impact. Both the DHC-6 and the helicopter received substantial damage.
See here more information about this Air Antilles Express DHC-6 accident.

Landing gear collapses on landing: Embraer EMB-120 veers off runway and hits fence

Witness the heart-stopping moment when an Embraer EMB-120 operated by Halla Airline attempted a landing in Mogadishu, Somalia, on July 11th 2023. With 30 passengers and 4 crew onboard, the left main gear collapsed, causing the plane to veer off the runway and crash against the perimeter fence. One occupant suffered minor injuries.
See here more information about this Embraer EMB-120 accident.

The Yeti Airline ATR72 stalled on final approach at Pokhara, Nepal

The ATR 72 operated by Yeti Airlines was performing a passenger flight from Kathmandu, Nepal, to Pokhara, Nepal. 65 passengers and 4 crewmembers were onboard. The plane stalled and crashed while on final approach, killing all the 69 people onboard. The video captured the latest moment of the flight.
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An Airbus A320 collides with a firetruck during takeoff from Lima airport, Peru

Lima, Peru – November 18th 2022 - The Airbus A320 operated by LATAM Airlines Chile was accelerating for takeoff with 102 occupants onboard when multiple fire trucks crossed the runway in front of the aircraft. The crew rejected takeoff at high speed but couldn’t avoid collision with one of the fire trucks. The right main gear collapsed, and a fire erupted on right hand engine. All occupants were able to evacuate the aircraft, but 4 passengers received serious injuries. Two fire fighters on board of the truck were killed, and a third one received serious injuries.
See here more information about this Airbus A320 accident.

Fokker 50 breaks off a wing on landing and flips over

The Fokker 50 operated by Jubba Airways flipped over on landing on Mogadishu's airport (Somalia) after the left wing broke off, on July 18th 2022. The passengers and the crew were all rescued, but the aircraft has been destroyed. The video has been captured by a surveillance camera.
See here more information about this Fokker 50 accident.

DHL Boeing 757 cargo plane veered off the runway in San Jose, Costa Rica

April 8, 2022 - Shortly after takeoff, the Boeing 757 cargo experienced a hydraulic failure. The crew decided to return to land at San Jose, Costa Rica. After touchdown, the crew lost control of the aircraft and veered off the runway. The plane ended up in a ditch and broke in two. Two crewmembers were onboard: the captain and the first officer. They both escaped unharmed from the Boeing 757.
See here more information about this Boeing 757 accident.

The Boeing 737 main deck cargo door open in flight

August 21st 2021 - This Boeing 737-200 cargo plane experienced an opening of its main deck cargo door soon after takeoff and returned to land back at Mitú Airport, Colombia. There was no injury onboard. The Boeing 737 involved in this incident is 40 years old.

Boeing 777 engine explosion and debris falling from the sky over Denver in USA

The Boeing 777-200 operated by United experienced a right-hand engine failure minutes after it took off from Denver, CO, USA, on February 20th, 2021. The engine inlet separated, and numerous parts of fell off in a residential area and damaged a number of homes. The aircraft stopped the climb at about 13000 feet, the crew declared an emergency and returned to Denver. It finally safely landed about 23 minutes after departure.
The flight was heading to Honolulu with 231 passengers and 10 crewmembers. The Boeing 777 was fitted with Pratt & Whitney PW4000 engines. There was no injury onboard and on ground.

Boeing 767 main landing gear collapses on landing

The Boeing 767-300 operated by Omni Air took off from Kabul, Afghanistan, to Bucharest, Romania, on Aug 28th 2020, but the landing did not go as expected. 49 passengers and 15 crew were onboard. The Boeing 767-300 left main landing gear collapsed on landing. The aircraft was evacuated via slides. Nobody was injured.

A320 crash in a residential area in Pakistan : last seconds caught on camera

The Airbus A320 operated by Pakistan International Airlines crashes in a residential area of Karachi, Pakistan, just over a kilometer from the runway. After a first approach that ended with both engines striking the asphalt and a go-around, the crew repositioned for a second approach. 5 minutes later, both engines shut down. The aircraft then quickly lost altitude, crashed and burst into flames. 96 occupants were killed, and 2 survived.
See here more information about this Airbus A320 accident.

Amazing Hawker takeoff on an improvised jungle runway

After being discovered abandoned in an improvised jungle runway in Guatemala, with fake registration and with removed interior (suspected used of for narco traffic) the Hawker Siddeley HS-125-700A, was impounded by Guatemalan Government. The bumpy take off is performed by a Guatemalan Air Force Pilot.

Dramatic takeoff of a Fokker 100 due to ice buildup on wings

The Fokker 100 operated by Bek Air took off from Almaty, Kazakhstan, with 98 people onboard. But ice had built up on the wings during the overnight stop: the airplane's performances were degraded. The Fokker 100 lifted off and reached a height of 6 meters before falling to the ground. The aircraft rebounded two more times before finally violently hitting the ground and crashing into a building. 98 people were on board. 12 people, including the captain, were killed.
See here more information about this Fokker 100 accident.

Runway covered with mud: the Let 410 landing ends badly

This Let L-410 operated by Air Fast Congo was performing a charter flight, on December 28th 2019, from Lubumbashi to Kamina, DR Congo. While landing on Kamina's dirt runway, the plane experienced an unexpected violent pitch up. This was due to the condition of the dirt runway following recent rains. When the nose came back down the nose landing gear collapsed. The aircraft subsequently veered right off the runway. All the occupants escaped uninjured.
One can note on this video the very poor conditions of the runway.

Too heavy, the DHC-6 Twin Otter lacks of performance after takeoff and crashes

This is a good lesson learnt showing how important it is to perform the takeoff performance calculation. This DHC-6-100 Twin Otter crashed on takeoff from the gravel airstrip at Muncho Lake, BC, Canada, on July 8th 2007. A post-impact fire erupted and the airplane was destroyed. 5 persons were onboard. One passenger was killed. Two pilots and two passengers survived the accident.
The take-off was attempted at an aircraft weight that did not meet the performance capabilities of the aircraft to clear an obstacle and, as a result, the aircraft struck a telephone pole and a telephone cable during the initial climb. And as the performance calculations were not done prior takeoff, the flight crew was unaware of the distance required to clear the telephone cable.

Crazy Pilots take off and land on small road in Congo

Aviation rules in Congo are not applied: this Let 410, a twin-engine aircraft, takes off from a small road in Congo with sharp 45 degrees turn in the middle of plane take-off run, and lift off a few hundreds of feet before a village. The same aircraft is then landing again on this small road. These practices allow to supply villages in the bush, but are extremely dangerous.

Crash landing of an Aeroflot Sukhoi Superjet 100-95 in Moscow

Crash landing of a Sukhoi Superjet 100-95 (SSJ100) operated by Aeroflot at Moscow Sheremetyevo, Russia, on May 5th 2019. The plane took off from Moscow for a passenger flight to Murmansk with 73 passengers and 5 crewmembers. Shortly after takeoff, the crew declared an emergency and elected to return landing at Moscow. The plane bounced upon landing and a fire erupted as a result of a violent impact. 41 occupants were killed. 35 occupants were able to evacuate the aircraft emergency slides.

Boeing 767 cargo plane's nose dive into Trinity Bay, USA

The Boeing 767-300 freighter operated by Atlas Air on behalf of Amazon Prime crashed near Houston, Texas, USA, on February 23rd 2019. All the three crewmembers were killed. The video shows the plane in a steep dive and crashing in the Trinity Bay.
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Biz jet skids off the runway

Russia, 26th February 2019: The Gulfstream G200 Galaxy business jet plane slid off the side of runway after landing at Moscow International Airport, Russia. The airplane then became stuck in snow. The 5 occupants, 3 passengers and 2 pilots were not injured.

Falcon 50 high speed runway overrun

September 27th 2018 - This Dassault Falcon 50 business jet, operated by Air American Flight Services, overran the end of the runway during its landing at Greenville, South Carolina, USA. This security video captured the airplane's touchdown. It shows the plane overrunning the runway at high speed and then went over an embankment. Both flight crew members were killed, and both passengers received serious injuries.
See here more information about this Dassault Falcon 50 accident.

Amazing plane struck by lightning

An aircraft is hit by lightning once a year, in average. A plane flying up to around 20 kilometres (12 NM) from a thunderstorm may still be struck by lightning. 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. It may happen that a lightning strike lead to minor damage on the aircraft structure, such as delamination of composite materials.

A380 hard landing in a storm

Dusseldorf, Germany, October 5th 2017 - This Emirates A380 landed hard and bounced during a storm. Strong winds gusting at 40 kts (with crosswinds up to 30 kts) were reported during the landing.
The descent starts smoothly but as the plane touches down on the runway it is swept up by a gust and is pulled to one side and then the other. For several seconds it sways precariously before the pilot is able to center the plane and taxi down the runway. Crew and passengers have not been injured.

Dash 8 crash landing at Amsterdam

February 23rd 2017 - Amsterdam – This Flybe de Havilland Dash 8-400 performing flight from Edinburgh, Scotland, to Amsterdam, Netherlands, with 59 people on board, landed hard on its right main landing gear on Amsterdam's airport. Strong winds were gusting at 46 kts (with a crosswind angle of 20°). Upon landing, the right main gear collapsed. There were no injuries, the aircraft sustained substantial damage.

Too long takeoff for an Aerosucre Boeing 727 in Colombia

Puerto Carreño, Colombia - December 20th 2016 - This Boeing 727-200F cargo operated by Aerosucre Colombia took off from Puerto Carreño, Colombia, for a freight flight to Colombia’s capital Bogota. The plane failed to lift off before the runway threshold, clipping the barbed wire fence at the edge of the airport. The plane became finally airborne, but did not achieve enough altitude and crashed 3 minutes later. Among the 6 crewmembers onboard, 5 were killed, and one survived.
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FedEx MD10 crash landing

October 28th 2016 - Accident of an MD-10 cargo operated by FedEx during landing at Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA. Shortly after touchdown, the left main landing gear collapsed. The aircraft veered to the left and came to a stop partway off the runway. The left hand engine and left hand wing scraped the runway. A fire erupted on the left hand side due to fuel leakage, followed by an explosion in the same area. Both crewmembers evacuated without injury.
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Strong cross-winds nearly led to a disastrous Boeing 737 landing

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.

This is what happens when you miss your flare

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.

Turkish ailine A320 landing gear collapsed on landing

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.

ATR72 fatal engine failure

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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Boeing 767 amazing landing in strong winds

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.

Asiana Boeing 777 crash landing at San Francisco

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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National Air Cargo's Boeing 747 freighter crash in Afghanistan

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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A Tupolev TU-204 crashes on a highway in Russia and hit a car

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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Boeing 767 hard landing in Tokyo resulting in fuselage creases

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.

Boeing 767 belly landing in Poland

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.

Too heavy takeoff for this Boeing 727

This CAA Cargo Boeing 727 overshoots the runway on takeoff due to overweight in the aircraft.

Runway exursion - Aborted takeoff, runway too short

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.

Hijacked Boeing 767 crashed in Comores as it ran out of fuel

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.

Collision in New York between an Air France A380 and a Comair CRJ-700

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.

Fokker 100 belly landing

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.

Airbus A300 overan runway

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.

Crew seriously injured while two airplanes collided on ground

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.

Sudan Airways Boeing 707 crash at Sharjah Airport (United Arab Emirates)

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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BAe-146 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.

The Boeing 737 hit a vehicle while it was accelerating for takeoff

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.

Disastrous landing for this FedEx MD11

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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A320 ditching on the Hudson, New York

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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The crew forgets to extend flaps, the MD-82 crashes right after takeoff

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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The Boeing 737 wing hits a truck

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.

The JetBlue A320 lands with the nose landing gear stuck at 90 degrees

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.

Wing strike : Lufthansa Airbus A320 nearly crashed during crosswind approach

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.

The MD80 was performing a flight test, and broke in two during landing

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.

DC-8 crazy crosswind landing

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.

Boeing 707 hard landing and runway excursion

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.

Dash 8 landing gear collapse on landing

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).

China Airlines Flight 120 - Boeing 737 burst in flames at the gate

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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Windshear during landing

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.

Difficult Dash 8 landing with the nose landing gear stuck retracted

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.

Too late decision to abort takeoff results in high speed runway excursion of the TU134

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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Flames spitting from the A330 engine

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.

Tupolev 154 crashes after crossing a storm

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 in Paris

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.

Singapore Airlines Boeing 747 crash during takeoff in a typhon

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.

September 11th attack - American Airlines flight 77 hits the Pentagon

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.

September 11th attack - United Airlines Flight 175 crash into the South tower

September 11th attacks in 2001 – Videos of the Boeing 767 from United airlines that hit the second tower of the World Trade Center (WTC) in New York. The Boeing 767-222 took off from Boston, Massachusetts to Los Angeles, California. It crashed into the South Tower at 9:02:59 a.m. local time. All the 65 people onboard were killed instantly. The crashed caused the collapse of the South tower at 9:59 a.m. (having burned for 56 minutes in a fire caused by the impact and the aircraft fuel) while many people were still inside. In total 630 people died in that tower, fewer than half the number killed in the North Tower. There are less casualties than in the North tower as some occupants start evacuating as soon as the North Tower was hit a few minutes before.
The event was covered live by television broadcasters from around the world who had their cameras trained on the buildings after the first crash in the North tower.
Click hereafter for details about the 4 hijacked aircraft during September 11th attacks.

September 11th attack - American Airlines Flight 11 strikes the North tower

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.
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Wet runway, and Boeing 747 runway excursion

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.

Airbus A300 cargo hit by a missile after takeoff

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).

Boeing 737 landing gear failure

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.

B747 bumpy approach

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.

Bomb exploding in a Boeing 747

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.

Strong cross wind - The MD11 lands off runway

Spectacular landing for an Alitalia MD-11: a strong wind put the aircraft away from the runway axis. Fortunately, nobody was injured.

United Airline DC-10 crash at Sioux City airport further to total loss of hydraulic power

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.

China Airlines MD11 crashes while attempting to land in a typhoon at Hong Kong

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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