Timeline: Recent disasters

The following is a chronology of some serious air accidents in the past two years:

    Wreckage from the Sharm al-Shaikh 2004 crash

    19 February 2003: An Iranian military plane crashes near Kerman in southeastern Iran. Iran said all 276 aboard were killed.

    6 March 2003: An Algerian flag-carrier Boeing 737-200 crashes shortly after take-off from Tamanrasset airport, killing 103 passengers and crew.

    8 July 2003: A Sudan Airways Boeing 737 crashes after take off near Port Sudan, on a flight to Khartoum, killing 104 passengers and the crew of 11. A two-year-old boy was the only survivor.

    3 January 2004: A Paris-bound Egyptian Boeing 737 operated by Flash Airlines crashes into the Red Sea, off the resort of Sharm al-Shaikh, killing all 148 passengers and crew.

    3 February 2005: An Afghan airliner crashes into a mountain near Kabul, killing all 105 people on board. The Boeing 737 was operated by Afghanistan's only private airline, Kam Air.

    2 August 2005: An Air France Airbus bursts into flames after overshooting the runway while landing at Pearson International Airport, Toronto, in a storm. All 309 passengers and crew survive.

    Greek police walk past a tail of
    the Cypriot Helios airliner

    14 August 2005: A Helios Airlines Boeing 737 crashes in the area of Kalamos, 30km (19 miles) north of the Greek capital, Athens, killing all 121 passengers and crew.

    16 August 2005: A West Caribbean Airways MD-80 aircraft crashes near Venezuela's border with Colombia, in the Sierra de Perija mountains. All 160 passengers and crew were killed.

    5 September 2005: A Mandala Airlines Boeing 737-200 crashes just after take-off near Medan, in northern Sumatra. Of the passengers and crew, 102 died, while 47 people on the ground died. Fifteen passengers in the tail section survived.

    22 October 2005: A Nigerian Bellview Airlines Boeing 737-200 airliner with 111 passengers and six crew crashes shortly after take-off from Lagos in Lissa, about 30km north of Lagos. All aboard were killed.

    SOURCE: Reuters


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