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Most well known accident?

Flyeys

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Interested to see what everybody thinks is the most well known/publicized accident of all time. You still see stuff,90 some odd years later, about the Titanic on a regular basis it what made me wonder about this. Let's see what you think.
 

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does september 11th count? if not, how about TWA flight 800. conspiracy theorists love that one.
 

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Hard to top Titanic for "best know/publicized".

A few others:

TWA 800
Challenger
JFK Jr
 

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lockerbie was the one where the terrorists blew the plane up over scotland. it was a 747. very ugly. tenerife, i am not so sure about. was that the 2 747's colliding on ground and burning everyone up? or was it a 747 and another heavy A/C?
 

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Overall: Titanic, Chernobyl, Bhopal, and finally the Andrea Doria, made famous by the Seinfeld episode.

Flying: Tenerife, the Hindenburg, Eastern L1011 in the Everglades.
 

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oh, i have to throw Michael Jackson into the mix for the most well-known accident! :D
 

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What was that accident where Russians shot down an American airliner because it penatrated thier airspace???
 

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I'd say Sept. 11 but it wasn't an "accident" it was purposeful..

Lockerbie maybe..
 

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UnAnswerd said:
What was that accident where Russians shot down an American airliner because it penatrated thier airspace???
Not quite american - KAL 007.
 

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Is that the "Valujet" crash, with the oxygen bottles in the cargo area???
Courtesy of http://www.airsafe.com

29 December 1972; Eastern Airlines L1011; near Miami, FL: The aircraft had a controlled flight into terrain in the Everglades swamp. While approaching Miami at night, the crew allowed the aircraft to enter a shallow descent while they were attempting to diagnose a minor equipment failure. Five of the 13 crew members and 94 of the 163 passengers were killed.

(Landing gear position indicator light failed and crew failed to realize autopilot holding their altitude was inadvertently disconnected hence they were in the shallow descent).

11 May 1996; ValuJet Airlines DC9-32; Near Miami, FL:
The aircraft was on a domestic flight from Miami to Atlanta. A fire had started in one of the cargo compartments at some point after the cargo had been loaded. Shortly after departure, the crew reported smoke in the cockpit, and soon lost control of the aircraft. The aircraft went into a steep dive, crashing into the Florida Everglades about 15 miles (24 km) from the airport. All 105 passengers and five crew members were killed.
 
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ATR-DRIVR said:
I'm with minitour, Tenerife or Lockerbie.
Neither of which are accidents.
 

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Fly_Chick said:
Overall: Titanic, Chernobyl, Bhopal, and finally the Andrea Doria, made famous by the Seinfeld episode.

Flying: Tenerife, the Hindenburg, Eastern L1011 in the Everglades.
29 December 1972; Eastern Airlines L1011; near Miami, FL: The aircraft had a controlled flight into terrain in the Everglades swamp. While approaching Miami at night, the crew allowed the aircraft to enter a shallow descent while they were attempting to diagnose a minor equipment failure. Five of the 13 crew members and 94 of the 163 passengers were killed.
Accident? Negligent act.
 

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Fly_Chick said:
Courtesy of http://www.airsafe.com

11 May 1996; ValuJet Airlines DC9-32; Near Miami, FL:
The aircraft was on a domestic flight from Miami to Atlanta. A fire had started in one of the cargo compartments at some point after the cargo had been loaded. Shortly after departure, the crew reported smoke in the cockpit, and soon lost control of the aircraft. The aircraft went into a steep dive, crashing into the Florida Everglades about 15 miles (24 km) from the airport. All 105 passengers and five crew members were killed.
Some people still do not believe that oxygen canisters caused that fire...

http://members.aol.com/papcecst/vj592.html
 

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probably because I was becoming aware of airplanes at the time but the airliner that physically lost an engine (pylon failure due to maintenance damage -used a forklift on the engine or something) coming out of Ohare in the late 70s and rolled on its back.
 

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Besides 9/11, the Tenerife accident is still the worst to date in terms of fatalities with 583 killed.
 
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