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Deadliest aviation disasters so far

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The deadliest aviation disasters worldwide over the past five years. They include Russian airline Sibir which crashed on landing in Irkutsk, Siberia, killing 124 people and a Russian Tupolev in eastern Ukraine claiming 170 lives - all in one year.

The most deadly plane accidents in history remain the collision on March 27, 1977, between two Boeing 747s at Tenerife in the Canary Islands, in which 583 are killed, and the crash on August 12, 1985 of a Boeing 747 belonging to Japan Airlines flying between Tokyo and Osaka when 520 were killed.

The deadliest aviation disasters worldwide over the past five years:

2006 --

May 3: RUSSIA: All 113 people aboard an Armenian Airbus plane die when it crashes into the Black Sea shortly before arriving in Sochi.

July 9: RUSSIA: 124 people die when an Airbus operated by the Russian airline Sibir crashes on landing in Irkutsk, Siberia.

Aug 22: UKRAINE - 170 die in the crash of a Russian Tupolev in eastern Ukraine.

Sept 29: BRAZIL - a Boeing 737 belonging to airline GOL crashes in the Amazonian forest with 155 people on board. No survivors.


May 5: CAMEROON: A Kenya Airways plane carrying 114 people crashes after take-off from Douala Airport. There are no survivors.

July 17: BRAZIL - An Airbus A320 belonging to TAM airline crashes into a freight warehouse occupied by several workers on landing at San Paulo airport with 187 people aboard. 199 die.


August 20: SPAIN - A Spanair MD-82 aircraft bursts into flames while taking off from Madrid airport, killing 154 people.


June 1: BRAZIL - An Air France Airbus disappears over the Atlantic Ocean on its way from Rio de Janeiro to Paris, killing all 228 people on board.

June 30: COMOROS - A Yemeni Airbus A310 jet carrying 153 people crashes while coming in to land in the Comoros islands. Only one person, a 12-year-old girl, survives.

July 15: IRAN - An Iranian passenger jet crashes on a flight between the Armenian capital Erevan and Tehran: 168 dead.


April 10: RUSSIA - All 96 people aboard a Russian aircraft, including the Polish president and many top Polish officials, die when it crashes on trying to land in Smolensk.