As everyone bids 2014 adieu, people can’t help but look back on some of the aviation tragedies that cost hundreds of lives. Even before the year finally closed, another airplane crash made headlines. Without a doubt, the victim and their surviving families spent a not-so Happy New Year.
Hercules C-130 on February 11, 2014
Just a few days before Valentine’s Day, Hercules C-130, a military transport plane, crashed in a mountainous area of north-eastern Algeria. There were 78 passengers aboard, mostly military personnel, crew, and family members. Reports suggested that there was a lone survivor, although it was not verified.
MH370 on March 8, 2014
The disappearance of Flight MH370 is one of the most mysterious aviation incidents. Despite massive and expensive search and rescue efforts no bodies or airplane parts were found. It was almost as if the Malaysian Airlines carrier literally just vanished to thin air. To date, the airplane remains missing.
MH17 on July 17, 2014
2014 was not a very good year for the aviation industry, but it could be the worst for Malaysian Airlines. While everyone is still searching for the missing plane of Flight MH370, another airplane from the same airline crashed, but for an entirely different cause. Flight MH17 was allegedly shot down by Pro-Russian rebels as it passed over eastern Ukraine. All of its 298 passengers were killed.
AH5017 on July 24, 2014
On the heels of Flight MH17, Air Algerie AH5017 disappeared over Mali due to poor weather. But it is believed that terrorism may have played a hand in the aircraft’s crash. Before the airplane went down, the pilots requested to turn the plane back.
QZ8501 on December 28, 2014
The last aviation tragedy in 2014 can be considered a rude awakening, since it happened to a company with the safest flight record. In fact, this is AirAsia’s first crash, which completely wipes out the assurance that there is still an airplane that is safe to fly.