The year 2014 has definitely been marked by airline disasters and though it may feel like the worst one ever, it’s actually not. However, it’s still the worse in at least a decade.
There have been at least five major disasters and if the AirAsia QZ 8501 is never found or there are no survivors, consider nearly 900 lives lost during the past 12 months.
Here are the horrible incidents of aviation accidents that occurred this year:
Air Asia QZ8501
On Dec. 28, the Indonesian flight carrying 162 passengers from Surabaya in Indonesia to Singapore went missing over the Java Sea. After a day of search, it's now assumed that the plane went down and is at the bottom of the sea.
Air Algerie AH5017
The flight disappeared over Mali near the border with Burkina Faso due to poor weather on its way from Ouagadougou to Algiers on July 24. It was carrying 116 passengers. The plane’s debris was spotted between Aguelhoc and Kidal, an area where al Qaeda-linked groups are in control. There were no survivors.
TransAsia Airways ATR-72
On July 23, the TransAsia Airways ATR-72 passenger plane was destroyed in an accident near Magong Airport, Taiwan. Only 10 out of the 58 people on board survived.
Malaysian Airlines MH17
Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 crashed near Grabove in eastern Ukraine, killing all 298 people on board. The Boeing 777, flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, was shot down on 17 July over a rebel-held area. Charred remains of the aircraft were scattered across fields covering an area of 20 square kilometers.
Malaysian Airlines MH370
The disappearance of Malaysia Airlines MH370 during a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8 is perhaps the most intriguing as well as tragic incidents in recent aviation history. Though it led to the largest and most expensive search in aviation history, no trace of either the plane or any of the 239 passengers was found.
Algiers Hercules C-130
On February 11, a Hercules C-130 (a military transport plane) carrying 78 people crashed in a mountainous part of north-eastern Algeria. Most of those on board were military personnel and their family members. There was only one survivor.