Traveling by plane is said to be one of the safest forms of travel, mostly because of the highly trained personnel piloting the plane, the fact that there’s a wide open space to fly and there are umpteen safety precautions built into the aircraft themselves. However, throughout history there have been quite a few airplane crashes and disasters that have ended the lives of hundreds of passengers on board the plane at the time. It is sad to read about so many people dying all at once, but one cannot help but be glad they were not flying at the time. Here are ten of the most horrific aviation disasters in history.

Ermenonville Air Disaster – 346 dead

When a Moroccan baggage handler was unable to read proper latching instructions, he left it as is. When the plane took off, the latch blew off and the plane crashed into the Ermonville forest near Paris, France. 346 died in the fireball.

Charkhi Dadri Mid-Air Collision – 349 dead

Known as the deadliest mid-air collision in history, Saudi Arabian airlines collided with a Kazakhstan airline west of New Delhi, killing all 349 passengers who were riding on both planes.

Topics: history
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