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Chronology of Asian air disasters

The following is a chronology of major Asian airline crashes since January 1996:

February 12, 2002 -- An Iran Air Tours Tupolev-154 aircraft plunged into a mountain in the west of the country, killing all 119 people on board.

July 3, 2001 -- Some 136 passengers and nine crew were killed when a Russian Tupolev-154 plane crashed near the Siberian city of Irkutsk.

October 31, 2000 -- A Singapore Airlines passenger jet exploded in a fireball in Taiwan's Chiang Kai-Shek International Airport killing 83 people.

August 23, 2000 -- A Gulf Air Airbus A320 crashed in the waters off Bahrain on a flight from Cairo, killing all 143 aboard.

April 19, 2000 -- An Air Philippines Boeing 737-200 crashed near the southern city of Davao killing all 131 on board. The crash was the worst in the Philippines' history.

December 11, 1998 -- Thai Airways Airbus Flight TG261 carrying 146 people crashed as it approached the airport in Surat Thani in southern Thailand at the end of a flight from Bangkok, 101 people died.

February 16, 1998 -- A China Airlines Airbus crashed and disintegrated at Taipei's international airport, killing 196 people on the aircraft and seven on the ground. It was en route from Bali, Indonesia, and was carrying Taiwan's central bank governor Sheu Yuan-dong.

February 2, 1998 -- Cebu Pacific Air DC-9 crashed into a mountainside 40 miles (65 km) northeast of Cagayan de Oro Airport, Philippines, killing all 104 on board.

December 19, 1997 -- All 104 people on board died when a Singapore SilkAir Boeing 737-300 airliner crashed near the Indonesian city of Palembang.

September 26, 1997 -- An Indonesian Garuda Airbus A-300-B4 crashed in northern Sumatra in a mountainous area about 30 miles (45 km) south of Medan. All 222 passengers and 12 crew were killed in the crash, Indonesia's worst ever.

August 6, 1997 -- Korean Air Lines Boeing 747 Flight 801 carrying 254 people from Seoul crashed into a hilly area near Guam's airport. Twenty-six people survived.

March 14, 1997 -- An Iranian military plane with about 80 people on board crashed in a mountainous region in northeastern Iran, killing all passengers and crew.

November 12, 1996 -- 349 people died when a Saudi Arabian Boeing 747 and a Kazakhstan Ilyushin 11-76 cargo plane collided in mid-air over India in the worst-ever mid-air collision.

Source: Reuters




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