Skip to main content

Advertisement

Advertisement

Other commercial airliners shot down

There have been at least a dozen incidents of commercial airliners being shot down since the 1940s, with over 1,000 people killed.

There have been at least a dozen incidents of commercial airliners being shot down since the 1940s, with over 1,000 people killed.

Of particular resemblance to Thursday’s tragedy was a crash some 32km off the Crimean coast on Oct 4, 2001. Siberia Airlines Flight 1812, en route to Novosibirsk, Russia, from Tel Aviv was flying over the Black Sea when a Ukrainian missile apparently strayed from an ongoing Ukrainian military exercise and locked onto the airliner instead of the drone target. All 66 passengers, mostly Israelis visiting their relatives in Russia, and the 12 crew members were killed.

In July 1988, an Iran Air flight from Tehran to Dubai was shot down by a surface-to-air missile. Flight 655, with 290 passengers and crew, had been mistaken for an Iranian F-14 jet by an American navy cruiser while flying in Iranian airspace in the Persian Gulf. The USS Vincennes fired two missiles at the plane, killing all on board.

The US said it was an accident but Tehran called it a deliberate attack.

There were also no survivors in the tragedy of Korean Airlines Flight 007 flying from New York City to Seoul in September 1983. A Soviet jet fighter shot it down after it veered off course into Russian air space and failed to respond to attempts to make contact. Among the 269 casualties was Larry McDonald, a United States Congressman from Georgia. AGENCIES

Read more of the latest in

Advertisement

Popular

Advertisement

Stay in the know. Anytime. Anywhere.

Subscribe to get daily news updates, insights and must reads delivered straight to your inbox.

By clicking subscribe, I agree for my personal data to be used to send me TODAY newsletters, promotional offers and for research and analysis.

Aa