Airplane Crashes Around the World (2011-2015)

According to a recent Boeing report, since 1994 a total of over 660 million airplane departures have been recorded. This Silk uses data from the Plane Crash Information database and Bureau of Aircraft Accidents Archives to examine civil and commercial airplane crashes around the globe from 2011-2015. 

Since 2011, hundreds of airplanes have crashed around the world––from the Northwest Territories of Canada to the Thach That district of Vietnam. The two deadliest airplane crashes occurred in 2014 and both flights were operated by Malaysia Airlines. The first plane crash, flight MH370, occurred on March 8, 2014 on the South Indian Ocean. The crash claimed the lives of 239 passengers and crew members. In the second plane crash on July 17, 2014, flight MH17 was shot down by a missile in eastern Ukraine. The crash resulted in the death of 298 passengers and crew members.

Deaths from Airplane Crashes 

Number of deaths, mapped by location of airplane crash. 
Page Title
Year of Crash
Page Title
Abu adh Dhuhur Air Base, SyriaAntonov An-2637201537Abu adh Dhuhur Air Base, Syria
Accra, GhanaBoeing B-727-200020120Accra, Ghana
Aguelhok, MaliMc Donnell Douglas MD-831162014116Aguelhok, Mali
Ain Kercha, AlgeriaLockheed C-130H-30 Hercules77201477Ain Kercha, Algeria
Almer, BrazilEmbraer EMB 820C Navajo (Piper 31)10201310Almer, Brazil
AntiguaBritten-Norman BN-2A-26 Islander320123Antigua
Bagram Air Base, AfghanistanIlyushin76TD920119Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan
Bagram Air Base, AfghanistanBoeing B-747-428BCF720137Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan
Baja California Sur, MexicoCessna 208B Grand Caravan14201314Baja California Sur, Mexico
Bethel, AlaskaCessna 208B Grand Caravan220142Bethel, Alaska
Birmingham, AlabamaAirbus A300F-622R220132Birmingham, Alabama
Bohorok, IndonesiaCASA NC-212 Aviocar 20018201118Bohorok, Indonesia
Bom Jardim da Serra, SC, BrazilCessna 208B C-98A Grand Caravan820118Bom Jardim da Serra, SC, Brazil
Brazzaville, CongoIlysushin Il-76T720127Brazzaville, Congo
Bwabwata National Park, NamibiaEmbraer ERJ-190AR33201333Bwabwata National Park, Namibia
Caboolture, Queensland, AustraliaCessna U206G520145Caboolture, Queensland, Australia
Cachimbo, BrazilBritten Norman BN-2A-3 Islander520135Cachimbo, Brazil
Cap-Haitien, HaitiBeachcraft 99A320113Cap-Haitien, Haiti
Cidahu, IndonesiaSukhoi Superjet 100-9545201245Cidahu, Indonesia
Clear Lake, IowaBell 407320133Clear Lake, Iowa
Cork, IrelandSwearingen SA-227BC Metro III620116Cork, Ireland
Denpasar, IndonesiaBoeing B-737-8GP020130Denpasar, Indonesia
Digne-Les-Bains, FranceAirbus A320-2111502015150Digne-Les-Bains, France
Dillingham, AlaskaBeechcraft 1900C220132Dillingham, Alaska
Donetsk, UkraineAntonov AN-24RV520135Donetsk, Ukraine
Faridabad City, IndiaPilatus PC-12/45720117Faridabad City, India
Fernelmont, BelgiumPilatus PC-6/B2-H4 Turbo Porter11201311Fernelmont, Belgium
Fort Lauderdale, FloridaLearjet 35A220132Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Glasgow, ScotlandEurocopter EC135 T2320133Glasgow, Scotland
Goma, CongoFokker 50720137Goma, Congo
Grand Manan Island, New Brunswick, CanadaPiper PA-31-325 Navajo220142Grand Manan Island, New Brunswick, Canada
Green Grove, FloridaBell 206B320113Green Grove, Florida
Grombalia, TunisiaAntonov 2611201411Grombalia, Tunisia
Guelmim, MoroccoLockheed C-130 Hercule80201180Guelmim, Morocco
Heho, MyanmarFokker 100220122Heho, Myanmar
Henderson, NevadaAerospatiale AS-350 B2 Ecureuil520115Henderson, Nevada
Hrabove, UkraineBoeing 777-2H6ER2982014298Hrabove, Ukraine
Hualla Hualla, Mount Mamarosa, PeruSikorsly S-58ET14201214Hualla Hualla, Mount Mamarosa, Peru
Huambo, AngolaEmbraer 120ER Brasilia30201130Huambo, Angola
Irkutsk, RussiaAntonov 12920139Irkutsk, Russia
Islamabad, PakistanBoeing 737-2361272012127Islamabad, Pakistan
Iturbide, MexicoLearjet 25720127Iturbide, Mexico
Jakarta, IndonesiaFokker F-27 Friendship 400M720127Jakarta, Indonesia
Jamijarvi, FinlandAerocomp Comp Air 8820148Jamijarvi, Finland
Java SeaAirbus A-320-2161622014162Java Sea
Jeju, South KoreaBoeing B-747-48EF220112Jeju, South Korea
Jomsom, NepalDornier 228-21215201215Jomsom, Nepal
Juan Fernandez Island, ChileCASA C-212 Aviocar 300DF21201121Juan Fernandez Island, Chile
Kabul, AfghanistanSikorsky S-70A-2812201212Kabul, Afghanistan
Kaimana, IndonesiaXian MA-6027201127Kaimana, Indonesia
Kalaupapa, HawaiiCessna 208B Grand Caravan120131Kalaupapa, Hawaii
Kathmandu, NepalBeechcraft 1900D19201119Kathmandu, Nepal
Kathmandu, NepalDornier 228-20219201219Kathmandu, Nepal
Kazan, RussiaBoeing 737-53A50201350Kazan, Russia
Kibeni, Papua New GuineaCessna 208B Grand Caravan320133Kibeni, Papua New Guinea
Kilohana, Molokai, HawaiiEurocopter EC-130 B4520115Kilohana, Molokai, Hawaii
Kinshasa, CongoCanadair CL-600 CRJ-100ER32201132Kinshasa, Congo
Kisangani, CongoBoeing B-727-10077201177Kisangani, Congo
Kudat, Malaysiade Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter 310220132Kudat, Malaysia
Kyzyltu, KazakhstanCanadair CRJ-200ER21201321Kyzyltu, Kazakhstan
La Libertad, PeruBeechcraft B200 King Air920139La Libertad, Peru
Ladysmith, South AfricaDouglas C47-TP11201211Ladysmith, South Africa
Lagos, NigeriaMcDonnell Douglas MD-831532012153Lagos, Nigeria
Lagos, NigeriaEmbraer 120RT Brasilia16201316Lagos, Nigeria
Lanai Airport, HawaiiPiper PA-31-350 Chieftain320143Lanai Airport, Hawaii
Las Cruces, New MexicoCessna 421C Golden Eagle420144Las Cruces, New Mexico
Los Roques, VenezuelaBritten Norman BN-2A-27 Islander620136Los Roques, Venezuela
Lugansk, UkraineIlyushin 76MD49201449Lugansk, Ukraine
Lutsek'e, NT, CanadaCessna 208B Grand Caravan I220112Lutsek'e, NT, Canada
Madang, Papua New Guineade Havilland Canada DHC-8-10228201128Madang, Papua New Guinea
Magong, TaiwanATR 72-50048201448Magong, Taiwan
Manaus, BrazilEmbraer/Piper EMB-810C Seneca720117Manaus, Brazil
Mariquita, ColombiaPiper PA-31 350 Navajo Chieftain10201410Mariquita, Colombia
Masbate Island, PhilippinesPA-34-200 Seneca I320123Masbate Island, Philippines
McGrath, AlaskaCessna 207220112McGrath, Alaska
Mogadishu, SomaliaAntonov An-12420134Mogadishu, Somalia
Moosonee, OntarioSikorsky S-76420134Moosonee, Ontario
Mosby, MissouriEurocopter AS350B2420114Mosby, Missouri
Moscow, RussiaTupolev TU-204-100V520125Moscow, Russia
Mwanza, TanzaniaFokker F-27 MK 500320143Mwanza, Tanzania
Nairobi, KenyaFokker 50420144Nairobi, Kenya
Namoya, CongoAntonov AN-28320123Namoya, Congo
Nassau, New Providence Island, BahamasPiper PA-31-350 Navajo Chieftain120141Nassau, New Providence Island, Bahamas
North Spirit Lake, Ontario, CanadaPiper PA-31-350 Navajo Chieftain420124North Spirit Lake, Ontario, Canada
Olive Creek, GuyanaCessna 208B Grand Caravan220142Olive Creek, Guyana
Omdurman, SudanAntonov An-12BP15201215Omdurman, Sudan
Omsukchan, RussiaAntonov 1211201111Omsukchan, Russia
Orumiyeh, IranBoeing B-727-28677201177Orumiyeh, Iran
Pakse, LaosATR-72-5049201349Pakse, Laos
Palana, RussiaAntonov An-2810201210Palana, Russia
Petreasa, RomaniaBritten Norman BN-2A-27 Islander220142Petreasa, Romania
Petrozavodsk, RussiaTupolev Tu-13447201147Petrozavodsk, Russia
Piedecuesta, ColombiaCessna T207A Turbo Stationair 8720147Piedecuesta, Colombia
Plettenberg Bay, South AfricaPilatus PC-12/47920119Plettenberg Bay, South Africa
Pointe-Noire, CongoAntonov 12BP920119Pointe-Noire, Congo
Port Moresby, Papua New Guineade Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter 300420144Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
Prahuaniyeu, ArgentinaSaab 340A22201122Prahuaniyeu, Argentina
Puerto Santander, ColombiaPiper PA-31-350 Navajo10201410Puerto Santander, Colombia
Pujungan, IndonesiaMil- Mi-17B-513201313Pujungan, Indonesia
Punta Cana, Dominican RepublicPiper PA-32720157Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Ramos Arizpe, MexicoBritish Aerospace BAe 125-700A Hawker820148Ramos Arizpe, Mexico
Recife, BrazilLet L-401UVP-2016201116Recife, Brazil
Red Lake, Ontario, CanadaSwearingen SA227-AC Metro II520135Red Lake, Ontario, Canada
Reno, NevadaNorth American P-51D-15-NA Mustang120111Reno, Nevada
Resolute Bay, Nunavut, CanadaBoeing B-737-210C(A) Combi12201112Resolute Bay, Nunavut, Canada
Riberalta, BoliviaSwearingen SA227-AC Metro III820138Riberalta, Bolivia
Riverwoods, IllinoisPiper PA-31-350 Navajo Chieftain320113Riverwoods, Illinois
Rochelle, IllinoisMBB BK117 A3320123Rochelle, Illinois
Sabanagrande, ColombiaBell 21213201213Sabanagrande, Colombia
San Francisco, CaliforniaBoeing B-777-28EER320133San Francisco, California
San Juan, Puerto RicoConvair CV-340220122San Juan, Puerto Rico
San Pedro del Rio, VenezuelaCesna 340A620116San Pedro del Rio, Venezuela
San Vicente del Caguan, ColombiaDouglas DC-3C620146San Vicente del Caguan, Colombia
San'a, YemenAntonov An-2610201210San'a, Yemen
Sandhikhark, Nepalde Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter 30018201418Sandhikhark, Nepal
Santa Ana Francisco Morazan, HondurasLet L-410 UVPE-2014201114Santa Ana Francisco Morazan, Honduras
Santa Catarina Atoyzingo, MexicoAerospatiale AS 332L1 Super Puma820118Santa Catarina Atoyzingo, Mexico
Seattle, WashingtonUrocopter AS350 B2220142Seattle, Washington
Serov, RussiaAntonov An-2R13201213Serov, Russia
Shymkent, KazakhstanAntonov AN-72-100D27201227Shymkent, Kazakhstan
Sioux Falls, South DakotaCessna 421C420114Sioux Falls, South Dakota
South Indian OceanBoeing 777-2002392014239South Indian Ocean
St. Marys, AlaskaCessna 208B Grand Caravan420134St. Marys, Alaska
Strezhevoy, RussiaAntonov An-24RV720117Strezhevoy, Russia
Sugapa, IndonesiaCessna 208B Grand Caravan120111Sugapa, Indonesia
Surgut, RussiaTupolev Tu-154B-2320113Surgut, Russia
Taipei, TaiwanATR 72-60040201540Taipei, Taiwan
Talodi, SudanAntonov An-26-10032201232Talodi, Sudan
Tamanraset, AlgeriaAntonov An-12BK720147Tamanraset, Algeria
Tangi Valley, AfghanistanBoeing CH-47 Chinook38201138Tangi Valley, Afghanistan
Tawang, IndiaMil Mi-17218201118Tawang, India
Tehran, IranHESA Iran-140-10039201439Tehran, Iran
Thach That district, VietnamMil Mi-17118201418Thach That district, Vietnam
Trinidad, BoliviaSwearingen SA-227BC Metroliner III820118Trinidad, Bolivia
Tyumen, RussiaATR 72-20133201233Tyumen, Russia
Uttarakhand State, IndiaMI 172 V5 helicopter20201320Uttarakhand State, India
Uvira, CongoAntonov An-26620146Uvira, Congo
Vancouver, CanadaBeechcraft 100 King Air120111Vancouver, Canada
Villa Castelli, ArgentinaUnknown10201510Villa Castelli, Argentina
Wichita Falls, TexasBell 206L220142Wichita Falls, Texas
Wichita, KansasCessna 208B Super Cargomaster120121Wichita, Kansas
Xakanaka Airstrip, BotswanaCessna 208B Grand Caravan820118Xakanaka Airstrip, Botswana
Xiang Khouang, LaosAntonov 74TK-30016201416Xiang Khouang, Laos
Yaroslavl, RussiaYakovlev 42D44201144Yaroslavl, Russia
Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, CanadaDe Havilland Canada DHC-6-300 Twin Otter220112Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada

Region of Airplane Crashes 

Between 2011-2015, the majority of airplanes crashed in Asia, followed by North America and Africa. Surprisingly, few airplanes crashed in international waters. 

Airplane crashes between 2011-2015, graphed by region of crash. 

Aircrafts Involved in Airplane Crashes 

Most airplane crashes seem to be isolated and not related to any specific airline operator. However the Cessna 208B Grand Caravan, a one-engine and nine-seat aircraft, was involved in multiple crashes. Below are the top 5 aircrafts that were involved in airplane crashes between 2011-2015.

Number of Recent Crashes, by Location datacards grouped by Aircraft

Airplane Crashes with the Highest Deaths 

In 2014 alone, between March and July, nearly 700 passengers and crew members were killed in three separate airplane crashes. Despite such high casualties during a short amount of time, 2014 was not the deadliest year for airplane crashes. As this table demonstrates, hundreds of crashes during the 1940s-1990s resulted in high fatalities. To date, 1944 remains the deadliest year for flight. According to the Bureau of Aircraft Accidents Archives, over 4400 passengers and crew members died that year in 908 airplane crashes. 

Years with the highest fatalities due to airplane crashes.
Total deaths and survivals from airplane crashes (2011-2015)
May 12, 2010. 

Afriqiyah Airways crashes half a mile from the runway of Tripoli International Airport in Libya while attempting to land. 104 fatalities were reported. 

Source: ANP.

April 20, 2012.

Bhoja Airlines crashes into a farmland near Benazir Bhutto International Airport in Pakistan while attempting to land. 127 fatalities were reported. 

Source: CNN.

July 17, 2014.

Malaysia Airlines crashes in eastern Ukraine after it is shot down by a missile en route to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 193 fatalities were reported. 

Source: AFP.

Although the year 2014 resulted in the highest number of casualties from airplane crashes, 2011 remains the deadliest year in the dataset for total number of crashes. In other words, most of the airplanes that crashed in 2014 carried more passengers compared to those in previous years.

Total number of crashes, annually. 
Explore airplane crashes, by year

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