20 Plane Crashes That Left Us Bewildered

Plane crashes may be incredibly rare these days, but that doesn’t make them any less terrifying to the everyday traveler. These days, a plane crash only happens when something really, really goes wrong. Even in the worst weather, a plane may continue flying without any problems. These are twenty of the worst plane crashes that have happened throughout aviation history. Just remember, you can still jump on that plane tomorrow morning without any problems. The chances of dying are said to be higher on the way to the airport and not on the actual plane.

Lauda Air Flight 004

May 26th, 1991 – Lauda Air Flight 004 was leaving from Bangkok and headed to Vienna when it broke up in the air around the Burma-Thailand border. The dive the plane went into was said to have broken the sound barrier. Unfortunately, there were no survivors — 223 people lost their lives.

China Airlines Flight 611

May 25th, 2002 – Flight 611 from Taiwan to Hong Kong via China Airlines ended up disintegrating mid-air thanks to fault repairs from 22-years prior. 225 people perished when the plane was destroyed mid-flight.

Korean Air Flight 801

The local flight engineer protested the plane taking off, saying the captain had not detected the correct signal for landing. Flight 801 from Seoul, South Korea crashed into a mountain in Guam, killing 228 passengers — only 26 survived.

Air France Flight 447

June 1st, 2009 – Flight 447 disappeared on its way to Paris from Rio de Janeiro. Wreckage was discovered after 5 days had passed, and the black box was found 5 years later. An inappropriate response from the pilot regarding air speed indicators was the cause of the accident.