Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Airlines tragedies and disasters

Bengaluru: The sector has had its share of air disasters and hijackings over the years.

Among the biggest was a Japanese Airlines flight crashing at Delhi’s Palam Airport in 1972, killing 82 of 87 on board. Another was Kanishka, an Air India flight flying from Toronto to Delhi in June 1985, which was destroyed by a bomb at an altitude of 31,000 feet. It crashed into the Atlantic Ocean, killing all 329 aboard, most of whom were Canadian citizens.

In April 1993, an Indian Airlines flight crashed into a truck while taking off from Aurangabad, killing 55 persons. In 1996, in one of the deadliest air disasters, a Saudi Arabian flight collided mid-air with a Kazakhstan Airlines flight in November 1996, killing 349 persons on board. In May 2010, an Air India Express flight overshot the runway at Mangaluru, killing 158 passengers on board.

An Indian Airlines flight was hijacked in 1999 and flown to Kandahar in Afghanistan. One person was killed while 192 others survived the hijacking. In 1993, another Indian Airlines was hijacked to Amritsar. The lone hijacker was killed after security forces stormed the aircraft.

In another hijacking case in September 1996, a PanAm flight which took off from Mumbai was hijacked during a stopover at Karachi.
14/08/17 K Giriprakash/Business Line