Top 5 Deadliest Mid-air Plane Collisions. This list consist of the deadliest collisions involving planes in mid-air. Soon we will be publish the deadliest runway collisions. May all the victims of these tragic, extremely unlucky and unfortunate incidents rest in peace.
5. Libyan Arab Airlines Flight 1103
On 22 December 1992, a Boeing 727 of the Libyan Arab Airlines with 10 crewmembers and 147 passengers aboard perished when it collided with a Libyan Air Force Mig-23 Flogger while on route to Tripoli International Airport. At least that is the official explanation… The instructor and pilot aboard the second plane lived, and the instructor claims the plane was shot down by Gaddafi. A report that has been confirmed by some officials.
4. All Nippon Airways Flight 58
All Nippon Airways Flight 58 was a Boeing 727-281 airliner that collided with a Japan Air F-86 fighter jet in 1971. All 162 of those on board the Boeing 727 died. Yoshimi Ichikawa, the pilot of the F-86 figther, had not been watching for traffic while practicing maneuvers. He was instructed to break away from the 727 as it approached, but he could not avoid the accident. Instead, he ejected and survived…
3. 1976 Zagreb mid-air collision
The 1976 Zagreb mid-air collision occurred on 10 September 1976 over Yugoslavia. The aircraft involved were British Airways Flight 476, a Hawker Siddeley Trident and Inex-Adria Aviopromet Flight 550, a Douglas DC-9-32. An air traffic controller named Gradimir Tasic was sentenced to 7 years in prison but after a petition by air traffic controllers, it was determined that Tasic had been used as a scapegoat, and he was released after 2 years in prison. The control tower was heavily undermanned at the time of the incident.
2. Aeroflot 65816 and Aeroflot 65735
A mid-air collision of two Aeroflot Tupolev Tu-134 passenger jets took place on 11 August 1979 over the Ukrainian SSR. All 178 occupants of both aircraft perished in the accident. An air traffic controller noticed that the aircraft were on intersecting routes and ordered the Minsk-bound flight to climb to 30,000 feet. The controller heard a muffled reply and assumed it was an acknowledgement from this aircraft, yet the muffled transmission was actually from another airplane. Both machines collided at 26,000 feet.
1. Charkhi Dadri mid-air collision
The aircraft involved were a Saudi Arabian Airlines Boeing 747-100B en route from New Delhi to Saudi Arabia, and a Kazakhstan Airlines Ilyushin Il-76 en route from Kazakhstan to New Delhi. The crash killed all 349 people on board both planes, making it the world's deadliest mid-air collision. The ultimate cause was held to be the failure of Kazakhstan Airlines Flight 1907's pilot to follow ATC instructions, whether due to cloud turbulence or due to communication problems.