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Missing plane and air disasters: How bad was 2014?

By Staff

In terms of crashes, 2014 has seen the lowest number in more than 80 years, says the Geneva-based Bureau of Aircraft Accidents Archives, or BAAA.

With the AirAsia disappearance now counted as a crash, this year's number totals 111.

The last time the world had 111 crashes was in 1927.

December 28, 2014 : AirAsia flight QZ8501

17 July 2014: Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 crash

Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down over eastern Ukraine, killing all 298 aboard.

January 07, 2015: Skydiving plane crashes; 13 divers leap


All 13 people aboard a New Zealand skydiving plane that suffered an apparent engine failure Wednesday managed to leap out in parachutes moments before the plane plunged into a lake, according to authorities.

January 02, 2015: 7-year-old plane crash survivor recalls horror

Federal investigators were working Sunday to try to determine the cause of a plane crash in western Kentucky that killed four people but left a 7-year-old survivor who freed herself from the wreckage and trekked nearly a mile to find help.

2015-01-05: AirAsia plane turns back before take-off in Indonesia

AirAsia has downplayed an incident that saw one of its planes turned back before takeoff in Indonesia, a week after another of its jets crashed into the Java Sea with 162 on board.

2015-01-03: Flight cancelled as New Year fire lantern gets stuck to engine

A Bangkok Airways cancelled one of its flights over the New Year period, when technicians discovered a traditional fire lantern stuck to one engine

2014-12-30: Virgin Atlantic plane in emergency landing

A Virgin Atlantic jet bound from London to Las Vegas turned back and made an emergency landing at Gatwick Airport on Monday after developing a problem with its landing gear.

2014-12-29: Jet Airways Mumbai-Kathmandu flight catches fire

A Jet Airways flight bound for Kathmandu from Mumbai has made an emergency landing in the Nepali capital after its aircraft caught fire.

2014-12-30: Pakistan's Shaheen Air jet makes emergency landing, avoids crash

2014-12-29: Two planes collide while trying to land on runway

Authorities say two small planes collided as they were trying to land in Maryland.

The ‘Carroll County Times’ reports that at about 4 pm Saturday the wings of two planes clipped each other in the air above the at Carroll County Regional Airport.

2014-12-18: Passenger opens emergency exit for fresh air

A first-time airline passenger opened the emergency exit to get some fresh air just as the plane was about to take-off.

Amazed fellow passengers got busy clicking pictures onboard the Xiamen Air flight from Hangzhou to Chengdu

2014-12-13: Passenger attacks crew, plane returns

A small plane reporting mechanical trouble made an emergency landing on a highway in south-central Arizona, but none of the three people aboard were injured.

2014-12-08: Dubai-Sydney Qantas flight diverted to Perth for emergency landing

A Qantas flight from Dubai to Sydney on Sunday December 7 was diverted to Perth when the pilot was forced to land the plane after a fault developed in the air conditioning system.

2014-12-08: Emergency landing after black box alert

A Saudi airline pilot made an emergency landing in the Gulf kingdom after receiving a black box warning signal, causing panic among the passengers.

2014-12-06: US Airways plane's emergency landing in Rome

A US Airways plane made an emergency landing in Rome after two passengers and 11 members of the crew were taken ill, Italian media reported.

2014-12-03: Passenger dreams of crash, flight stopped

A Saudi flight was stopped just before take-off at an airport in the Gulf kingdom after a panicking passenger screamed in the aircraft that he had dreamt it would crash

2014-11-21: Plane in emergency landing in Philippines

Pilots report smoke in cockpit; No injuries

A Japan-bound All Nippon Airways jet returned to Manila airport and made an emergency landing after pilots reported smoke in the cockpit, Philippine authorities said.

2014-11-10: Plane crashes while landing in Bahamas, 9 dead

Bahamian officials reported a plane crashed killing all 9 people on board.

The Lear 36 Executive Jet had taken off from the Bahamian capital of Nassau and crashed while attempting to land in Freeport on Grand Bahama, according to a statement from the Ministry of Transport and Aviation.

2014-11-05: Rocket crash stirs uncertainty about space tourism

Federal accident investigators have an early sense of what went wrong before an experimental spaceship designed to ferry tourists beyond the Earth's atmosphere broke apart during a test flight. But they still don't know why the craft prematurely shifted its shape prior to the deadly crash.

Saturday, 8 March 2014: Missing MH370 - crashed into the sea?

2014-12-18: Man flies 3,000th rescue animal to safety

The squirmy canine became the 3,000th rescue dog Bennett has flown to a better life.

2014-12-12: Sri Lanka air force plane crashes in fog, killing 4

2014-12-09: 6 dead after plane crashes into home

A small, private jet slammed into a house Monday, killing a woman and her young sons inside the home and three people on the aircraft, authorities said.

2014-11-19: Plane crashes into home; pilot dies

A small twin-engine cargo plane crashed into a home on Chicago's southwest side Tuesday, killing the pilot but sparing a couple who were asleep just inches away.

The Aero Commander 500 slammed into the front of the home around 2:40 am, punching through the ground floor into the basement and leaving about a third of the mangled wreckage, including the tail, exposed outside.

2014-10-14: Plane crash lands; propeller hits woman's head

An Air Canada flight crash landed following a tyre burst during take-off on Thursday night, which resulted in one of its propellers tearing through the cabin and hitting a female passenger’s head.

2014-11-05: Air France: Turbulence injures 4, causes flight to turn around

Air France says that a flight bound for New York's JFK airport was forced to turn around shortly after leaving Paris after severe turbulence injured four cabin crew members.

2014-10-21: Plane hits a flock of pigeons

2014-07-16: 25 hurt as HK-bound jet hits turbulence

Twenty-five people were injured when a passenger jet from South Africa to Hong Kong hit turbulence on Wednesday, police said, with two men seriously hurt and hospitalised in the southern Chinese city.

2014-06-10: Eurofighter jet crashes in Spain, pilot killed

A Eurofighter jet crashed while attempting to land at an air base in southwestern Spain on Monday, killing its pilot, the defence ministry said.

2014-05-07: Security footage shows Somali teen hopping from jet's wheel well after 5-hour flight

2014-04-30: Aircraft engine on fire: View from plane

2014-03-28: Indian air force says cargo plane crashes

An Indian Air Force C-130J Hercules cargo plane crashed in the central state of Madhya Pradesh, an Air Force spokesman said.

2014-02-17: Nepal plane crash in bad weather killed all 18 on board

All 18 people aboard a small plane that crashed in bad weather  in Nepal were killed, an army spokesman said, after searchers battled heavy rain and harsh winds to reach the rugged site the day after the event.

2014-01-17: Plane crashes twice in one day

2014-01-16: Asiana crash video: Firefighters saw injured girl before she was run over