Death Flight

A death flight is one in which one or more people have died as a direct result of the flight, and not as a result of something incidental, like an individual heart attack or suchlike, unless during or from the cause of, the flight accident.

This site provides general information about death flights, with some particular death flights of interest listed separately (below) for private investigation.

Wikipedia lists "Death Flights" as those done by evil-doers during war or political unrest in which passengers are thrown to their death from light-aircraft or helicopters. This site does not investigate those scenarios.

Passenger carrying aircraft do crash somewhere in the world on average once every 1.6 days (avg 227 per year from 1919 to 2013). The Geneva based Bureau of Aircraft Accidents Archives keeps historical records of air accidents from 1918 to present. The Aircraft Crashes Record Office (ACRO) counts an accident as including all events where an aircraft has been damaged as such that it is unable to be flown again, uneconomical to be repaired, and consequently written off, also termed a hull loss. Fatalities are not taken into consideration. All aircraft must be able to carry at least 6 passengers plus crew, specifically excluding helicopters, balloons, gliders, and fighting aircraft, but including fixed-wing non-fighting military support aircraft and troop carriers.  

The Convention on International Civil Aviation defines an aviation accident as an occurrence associated with the operation of an aircraft, which takes place between the time any person boards the aircraft with the intention of flight until such time as all such persons have disembarked, where a person is fatally or seriously injured, the aircraft sustains damage or structural failure or the aircraft is missing or is completely inaccessible.  

Wikipedia lists many aviation accidents and incidents. Statistically, air travel is reportedly the safest form of rapid long distance transportation when measured on a "fatality per mile" basis, being twice as safe as rail, and six times safer than travelling by car. However, when measured alternatively by "fatalities per person transported", air transport is reportedly the second most dangerous only behind bicycles and motor cycles. 

For crash statistics on which particular airlines, or aircraft, or countries, or locations, see B3A Search.

Death Flights

Flights listed below are in no particular order. More details will be added as investigation continues.

Flight Route Status Deaths
MH370 Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Beijing, China Lost 07Mar2014 over mid South China Sea, presumed crashed. 248
AF447 Air France Flight 447 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Paris, France Crashed 31May2009 into mid Atlantic Ocean 228
JAL123 Japan Air Lines Flight 123 Tokyo, Japan to Osaka, Japan Crashed 12Aug1985 into Mount Osutaka, Japan 520



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