Kuala Lumpur - A Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 disappeared
from air traffic control screens over waters between Malaysia and Vietnam early
on Saturday, leaving the fates of the 239 people aboard in doubt. A look at
some of the world's deadliest air disasters:
3 June 2012: Dana Air MD-83 jet crashes into residential
area of Nigeria's largest city, Lagos, killing all 153 people aboard.
20 April 2012: Bhoja Air Boeing 737 crashes in wheat
fields near Islamabad, Pakistan while trying to land during thunder storm,
killing 127 people.
9 January 2011: Iran Air Boeing 727 breaks to pieces on impact
in northwestern Iran, 77 dead.
12 May 2010: Afriqiyah Airways plane en route to Tripoli,
Libya, from Johannesburg, South Africa, crashes into the desert less than a
kilometre from the runway, killing 103 people.
10 April 2010: The plane of Polish President Lech
Kaczynski crashes outside the western Russian city of Smolensk, killing all 96
30 June 2009: Yemenia Airbus 310 en route to the Comoros
Islands crashes into the Indian Ocean with 153 people on board.
1 June 2009: Air France Airbus A330 runs into
thunderstorms and crashes into Atlantic Ocean en route from Rio de Janeiro to
Paris, killing 228 people on board.
19 February 2003: Iranian Revolutionary Guard military
plane crashes into a mountain, 275 dead.
25 May 2002: China Airlines Boeing 747 breaks apart
midair and crashes into the Taiwan Strait, 225 dead.
12 November 2001: American Airlines Airbus A300 crashes
after takeoff from JFK Airport into the New York City borough of Queens, 265
dead, including people on the ground.
31 October 1999: EgyptAir Boeing 767 crashes off
Nantucket; the NTSB blames actions by the co-pilot, 217 dead.
2 September 1998: Swissair MD-11 crashes off Nova Scotia,
16 February 1998: China Airlines Airbus A300 crashes on
landing at airport in Taipei, Taiwan, 203 dead.
26 September 1997: Garuda Indonesia Airbus A300 crashes
near airport in Medan, Indonesia, 234 dead.
6 August 1997: Korean Air Boeing 747-300 crashes on
landing in Guam, 228 dead.
12 November 1996: Saudi Boeing 747 collides with Kazakh
cargo plane near New Delhi, 349 dead.
17 July 1996: TWA Boeing 747 explodes and crashes into
the Atlantic off Long Island, New York, 230 dead.
26 April 1994: China Airlines Airbus A300 crashes on
landing at Nagoya Airport in Japan, 264 dead.
12 December 1985: Arrow Air DC-8 crashes after takeoff
from Newfoundland, Canada, 256 dead.
12 August 1985: Japan Air Lines Boeing 747 crashes into a
mountainside after losing part of its tail fin, 520 dead in the world's worst
19 August 1980: Saudi Tristar makes emergency landing in
Riyadh and bursts into flames, 301 dead.
28 November 1979: Air New Zealand DC-10 crashes into
Antarctica's Mount Erebus during sightseeing flight over the icy wilderness,
25 May 1979: American Airlines DC-10 crashes after
takeoff from Chicago's O'Hare Airport, 275 dead.
1 January 1978: Air India 747 crashes into the ocean
after takeoff from Mumbai, 213 dead.
27 March 1977: KLM 474, Pan American 747 collide on
runway in Tenerife, Canary Islands, 583 dead in world's worst airline disaster.