Todd DeFeo

FACT BOX: A look at recent fatal passenger air crashes

While commercial air travel in the United States is relatively safe, Saturday’s crash is a stark reminder that air travel is not perfect.

Here is a look at fatal airline crashes in the United States over the past two decades:

— Asiana Airlines Flight 214, July 6, 2013: Two people and 49 were injured when a Boeing 777 from Seoul, South Korea, apparently clipped a seawall at the edge of the runway as it was about to land.

— Colgan Air Flight 3407, Feb., 12, 2009: All 49 passengers and one person on the ground was killed when the flight from Newark, New Jersey to Buffalo, New York, experienced an aerodynamic stall and crashed into a house in Clarence Center, N.Y.

— Comair Flight 5191 (Delta Connection Flight 5191), Aug. 27, 2006: Nearly everyone on board the Bombardier Canadair Regional Jet 100ER was killed after the flight crashed on takeoff. The pilots took off from the wrong runway — one that was too short for a safe takeoff. All 47 passengers and two crew members were killed; the flight’s first officer was the only survivor.

— Southwest Airlines Flight 1248, Dec. 8, 2005: A six-year-old boy was killed after a Boeing 737-700 slid off the runway as it was landing at Chicago Midway International Airport. No one on board the flight was injured; the boy was in a car on the ground.

— American Airlines Flight 587, Nov. 12, 2002: All 251 passengers and nine crew members on board an Airbus A300 were killed when the aircraft crashed into a Queens neighborhood in New York City. An investigation revealed the plane’s vertical tail fin snapped off after takeoff. Five people on the ground were also killed in the crash.

— American Airlines Flight 11, United Airlines Flight 175, American Airlines Flight 77 and United Airlines Flight 93, Sept. 11, 2001: Terrorists hijacked and intentionally crashed four planes — two into the World Trade Center, one into the Pentagon and one in a field near Shanksville, Pa., killing all on board.

— Comair Flight 3272, Jan. 9, 1997: Twenty-nine people died when an Embraer EMB-120 Brasília crashed near Ida, Michigan, during a snowstorm.

— United Express Flight 5925, Nov. 19, 1996: Fourteen people were killed when a Beechcraft 1900 collided with a privately owned Beechcraft King Air at Quincy Regional Airport in Illinois.

— Delta Air Lines Flight 1288, July 6, 1996: Two people died killed when fragments from a McDonnell Douglas MD-88 Pratt & Whitney JT8D-219 turbofan engine penetrated the fuselage.

— TWA Flight 800, July 17, 1996: A total of 230 people were killed when a Boeing 747, explodes in mid-air above the ocean off East Moriches, New York, roughly 12 minutes after takeoff from John F. Kennedy International Airport. While a four-year federal investigation determined the crash was caused by an explosion of flammable fuel/air vapors in a fuel tank, many disagree and insist a missile fired from the ground was the cause of the crash.

— ValuJet Flight 592, May 11, 1996: Five crew members and 105 passengers were killed when a McDonnell Douglas DC-9 crashed into the Everglades near Miami. The crash was blamed on a fire in the plane’s cargo hold.

— Atlantic Southeast Airlines Flight 529, Aug. 21, 1995: Ten of the 29 people on board the an Embraer EMB-120 Brasília are killed when the flight crashed into a field near Carrollton, Ga. The flight was heading to Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

— American Eagle Flight 4184, Oct. 31, 1994: Ice buildup on the wings of an ATR 72 turboprop caused the flight to crash near Roselawn, Indiana, while waiting to land at Chicago. All 68 people on board the flight were killed.

— US Airways Flight 1016, July 2, 1994: Of the 51 people on board a McDonnell Douglas DC-9, 37 are killed when the flight was attempting to land in Charlotte, North Carolina, during a thunderstorm.

— Northwest Airlink Flight 5719, Dec. 1, 1993: All 18 people on board a Jetstream 31 were killed when the fligh crashed into ridges east of Hibbing, Minn.

About Todd DeFeo
Todd DeFeo loves to travel anywhere, anytime, taking pictures and notes. An award-winning reporter, Todd revels in the experience and the fact that every place has a story to tell. He is owner of The DeFeo Groupe and also edits Express Telegraph and Railfanning.org.