How Many Plane Crashes Have There Been Since Flight 370 Disappeared?
It's been one year since Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 went missing, shrouded in mystery. Despite extensive searches in the Indian Ocean, no trace of the aircraft was ever found, leaving the grieving families of the 239 passengers without answers. Although Flight 370 remains the biggest unsolved mystery of the past year, it was not the only plane disaster, and things haven't necessarily gotten better since it disappeared last March. According to the Bureau of Aircraft Accidents Archives (BAAA), there were 111 plane crashes worldwide in 2014.
That might seem like a lot, but it's actually the least crashes per year since 1927. On the other hand, the number of deaths due to crashes was much higher than normal, totaling 1,320, including the Flight 370 passengers presumed dead. That's the most deaths due to plane crashes since 2005.
Since Flight 370's disappearance, the world, and Asia in particular, has suffered what seems like an increasing number of plane crashes. The 1,320 aviation deaths last year are largely due to the multiple major crashes that killed dozens and even hundreds. There's even already a large crash on the books for 2015. Here's a look at some of the world's worst crashes since Flight 370 went missing last March.
The Boeing 777 in route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur was shot down over Ukraine on July 17, 2014, killing the 298 passengers and crew members aboard. It's believed the plane was shot down by a missile fired by pro-Russian separatists, leading to an international scandal.
The twin-engine turboprop plane crashed while trying to land in Tawain's Penghu Islands on July 23, 2014, killing at least 48. The domestic flight had been delayed due to typhoon-related weather conditions, and heavy rain led the pilot to ask for a second go-around before the crash happened.
An Air Algerie plane crashed in Mali on July 24, 2014, in a storm over the Sahara after asking to turn back shortly after takeoff from Burkina Faso. All 116 people on board died.
The Sepahan Airlines flight crashed in Tehran on Aug. 10, 2014, killing at least 39 people. The plane went down shortly after leaving the runway at Mehrabad International Airport due to a failed engine.
The airbus carrying 162 people from Indonesia to Singapore lost contact 40 minutes into the flight due to bad weather. The wreckage was found 10 miles from its last known location.
The latest major crash involved another TransAsia plane. Flight 235 crashed into a river on Feb. 4 after both engines lost power, killing 35 and injuring 15.
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