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Flight or fright

A look at some of the most devastating aviation accidents in 2014

August 14, 2014 4:10 by

This year alone, there have been approximately 750 deaths in commercial aircraft accidents.

Here’s a look at some of the most unfortunate incidents of 2014:

Ethiopian Airlines Flight 702: This flight took off from Addis Ababa bound for Milan on February 17, with 202 people on board, including both passengers and crewmembers. The co-pilot staged a non-violent hijacking and flew to Geneva. En route, he attempted to broker immunity for himself, as well as a political asylum. The plane landed safely and no one was harmed.

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370: The confusion surrounding this incident has not been resolved yet and, currently, there is no answer to why or how the flight – which was bound for Beijing – vanished. On March 8, the MH370 disappeared from radar. Although a number of governments aided with the search, they have been unable to locate it. All 239 people on board have been presumed dead.

Malaysia Airlines Flight 17: The MH17 was an international passenger flight from Amsterdam bound for Kuala Lumpur that departed from Schipol International Airport on July 17 with 298 people on board. The Boeing 777 lost contact with the ground over Dontesk, Ukraine – shortly after, the plane crashed after being shot down by unconfirmed assailants. It is believed that Russian separatist rebels were responsible for the attack, although after discovering that it was a civilian flight, they denied any involvement. There were no survivors.

TransAsia Airways Flight 222: The domestic passenger flight departed from Kaohsiung International Airport for Magong Airport in Taiwan July 23. Due to poor weather conditions, the aircraft landed on two homes in Huxi, a province in Taiwan, shortly after informing ground staff of its imminent landing. Out of 59 people on board, only 10 survived.

Air Algérie Flight 5017: On July 24, the Air Algérie Flight 5017 departed from Burkina Faso to Algeria with 116 people on board.  Fifty minutes after the flight departed, it disappeared from radar. It was discovered that it had crash-landed in Mali. The cause is still under investigation. Sadly, there were no survivors.

Sepahan Airlines Flight 5915: This domestic flight departed from Tehran, Iran, bound for Tabas on August 10. It crash-landed soon after take-off into a residential area, with 48 people on board. It’s suspected that the aircraft suffered an engine failure. There were 39 fatalities. 

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