October 31, 2000
Singapore Airlines Flight 006
bound for Los Angeles
crashed during takeoff in
stormy weather. The Boeing
747-400 attempted takeoff
as Typhoon Xangsane was
approaching the island.
Investigation status: Open


August 23, 2000
All 143 people on board are
killed when Gulf Air Flight
073 from Cairo crashes into
the shallow waters of the
Persian Gulf on approach to
Bahrain International
Airport.
Investigation status: Open
Investigators from Bahrain, Oman, France, the United States
and planemaker Airbus Industrie are trying to determine the
cause of the crash.


July 25, 2000
New York-bound Air France
Concorde catches fire and
crashes minutes after
takeoff from Paris, killing
all 109 aboard and five
people on the ground.
Investigation status: Open
A metal strip from a Continental DC-10 aircraft fell onto the
runway and into Concorde's path during takeoff. The strip
caused the tire to burst and investigators say that probably
led to the crash.


January 31, 2000
Alaska Airlines Flight 261,
an MD-83 flying from
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, to
San Francicso, California,
crashed in the Pacific Ocean
off California, killing all 88
people on board.
Investigation status: Open
Suspicion focuses on problems with the aircraft's rear
stabilizer.


October 31, 1999
EgyptAir Flight 990, a
Boeing 767 departing New
York for Cairo, crashed in
the Atlantic Ocean off
Nantucket, Massachusetts,
killing 217 people.
Investigation status: Open
National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Jim Hall told
Congress that evidence compiled in the probe is "consistent
with a deliberate action on the part of one of the
crewmembers." In Egypt, however, the government and public
reject the suicide theory.


June 1, 1999
American Airlines Flight
1420, an MD-80 that took
off from Dallas-Fort Worth
International, crashed while
landing in a storm at Little
Rock, Arkansas, killing 11
people.
Investigation status: Open
Stormy weather, pilot error and possible mechanical problems
all are being considered as possible causes of the crash.


September 2, 1998
Swissair Flight 111, an
MD-11 from New York to
Geneva, crashed in the
Atlantic Ocean off Nova
Scotia, killing 215 people.
Investigation status: Open
A fire in the cockpit that led
to the crash may have been sparked by a cockpit map light,
according to the Transportation Board of Canada.


January 9, 1997
Comair Flight 3272, an Embraer Brasilia 120 going from
Cincinnati to Detroit, crashed in Monroe, Michigan, killing 29
people.
Investigation status: Closed
A final report by the NTSB concluded that the probable cause
of the crash included FAA failure to establish certification
standards for flying in icy conditions and to ensure
implementation of procedures to prevent ice from
accumulating on aircraft wings.


July 17, 1996
TWA Flight 800, a Boeing
747 heading from New York
to Paris, exploded over the
Atlantic Ocean, killing 230
people.
Investigation status:
Closed
The NTSB concluded after a
four-year probe that a fuel tank explosion, most likely ignited
by electrical wiring leading to the center-wing fuel tank,
destroyed Flight 800.


May 11, 1996
ValuJet Flight 592, a DC-9
from Miami to Atlanta,
crashed in the Florida
Everglades, killing 110
people.
Investigation status:
Closed
"Improperly carried" oxygen
generators aboard the aircraft ignited, which probably caused
the crash, according to the NTSB final report.


December 20, 1995
American Airlines Flight
965, a Boeing 757, crashed
near Cali, Colombia, killing
160 people.
Investigation status:
Closed
Colombian investigators
blamed the disaster on the
plane's crew, who entered an incorrect code into the flight
computer, causing it to descend too quickly during landing.


October 31, 1994
American Eagle Flight 4184,
an ATR-72 turboprop
heading from Indianapolis
to Chicago, crashed in
Roselawn, Indiana, killing
68 people.
Investigation status:
Closed
The final NTSB report said the plane crashed because ice that
had accumulated on the wings caused a malfunction that
forced the plane out of control.


September 8, 1994
USAir Flight 427, a Boeing
737, traveling from Chicago
to West Palm Beach,
Florida, crashed outside
Pittsburgh, killing 132
people.
Investigation status:
Closed
A rudder problem that resulted in loss of control of the aircraft
was blamed in the final NTSB report.


July 2, 1994
USAir Flight 1016, a DC-9
traveling from Columbia,
South Carolina, to
Charlotte, North Carolina,
crashed in Charlotte, killing
26 people.
Investigation status:
Closed
An NTSB report blamed the crash on the flight crew's decision
to land during a violent thunderstorm, which was producing
powerful downward winds called wind shear.


March 22, 1992
A USAir Fokker 28 crashed
in Flushing, New York,
killing 27 people.
Investigation status:
Closed
An NTSB report said the
crash was caused by ice
accumulation on the aircraft
wings, and blamed the lack of federal rules to prevent ice
build-up.


March 3, 1991
A United Airlines Boeing
737 crashed in Colorado
Springs, Colorado, killing
25 people.
Investigation status:
Closed
The NTSB said in a report
that it could not explain why
the aircraft suddenly lost control, but pointed to two
possibilities: Either a malfunction of the plane's directional
control system, or "an unusually severe atmospheric
disturbance."


February 1, 1991
A USAir 737 crashed into a
Sky West plane in Los
Angeles upon landing,
killing 34 people.
Investigation status:
Closed
An NTSB report said the 737
collided with another plane
upon landing because of errors by air traffic controllers.


December 3, 1990
Northwest Airlines Flight
1482, a DC-9, collided with
Northwest Flight 299, a
Boeing 727, on the runway
in Romulus, Michigan, while
taxiing, killing 8 people.
Investigation status:
Closed
An NTSB report blamed the flight's pilots, airport ground
controllers and inadequate runway markings for its deadly
collision with a DC-9 at a runway intersection.

SOURCE: National Transportation Safety Board