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List of notable incidents and accidents involving military aircraft
This is a list of notable accidents and incidents involving military aircraft grouped by the year in which the accident or incident occurred. For more exhaustive lists, see the Aircraft Crash Record Office or the Air Safety Network.
- August 24 - The British airship R38 (ZR-2) due to be delivered to the United States Navy as the ZR-2, broke in two on a test flight near Hull, England and fell to the ground in flames. 44 died.
- September 3 - The USS Shenandoah airship crashed after encountering thunderstorms near Ava, Ohio after an in flight break up due to cloud suck.
- April 3 - United States Navy airship USS Akron encounters severe weather and crashes into the Atlantic off the coast of New Jersey. 73 passengers and crew, including Rear Admiral William A. Moffett, were killed.
- July 24 - In the airfield Mars in Santa Ana, Usaquén, Colombia, during an airshow, a F11C Goshawk crashed into the audience and killed 75 people.
- June 23 - A B-17 Flying Fortress flying to Grand Island, Nebraska from Pendleton Army Air Base in Oregon crashes on Bomber Mountain in the Big Horn Mountains of Wyoming. 10 crew members were killed.
- July 31 - Noted aviation pioneer and author Antoine de Saint-Exupéry vanishes without a trace while flying a Free French Forces Lockheed F-5, a variant of the P-38 Lightning, over the Mediterranean Sea; his fate remains a mystery until 2004 when the wreckage of his plane is discovered. While the cause of the crash is unknown, analysis of the wreckage and enemy wartime records suggests that the crash was an accident unrelated to enemy action.
- August 23 - Freckleton Air Disaster - A United States Army Air Force B-24 Liberator crashed into a school at Freckleton, Lancashire, England on approach to Warton Aerodrome. 61 people died including 38 children.
- July 25 – A US Army Air Forces B-25 Mitchell bomber crashes into the 79th floor of the Empire State Building, killing 14 people and causing over $1 million in damage .
- August 6 - All-time highest-scoring American flying ace Richard Bong is killed trying to bail out of a Lockheed P-80 Shooting Star jet fighter after a fuel pump failure during a test flight at Burbank Airport, Burbank, California, USA.
- December 5 – Flight 19, a training flight of 5 TBM Avenger torpedo bombers manned by 14 US Navy and Marine personnel from Ft Lauderdale Naval Air Station, Florida, USA, vanishes over the Bermuda Triangle under mysterious circumstances. A US Navy PBM-5 Mariner carrying 13 sailors searching for the missing planes also disappears after a large mid-air explosion is seen near its last reported position.
- August 17 - Two B-29 Superfortress bombers collide over Weatherford, Texas during a bomber training exercise. 18 crew members were killed instantly, 2 managed to escape from the falling wreckage and parachute to safety.
- July 7 - Eccentric, iconoclastic millionaire and aviator Howard Hughes is gravely injured when he mishandles a propeller pitch control failure and crashes his controversial XF-11 reconnaissance plane during its maiden flight.
- February 21 - United States Air Force B-29 Superfortress "Kee Bird" runs out of fuel due to a navigational error and is forced to land in a remote area of northern Greenland. The aircrew is rescued unharmed 3 days later, but the plane is abandoned in place. The accident achieves continuing notability for the exceptionally fortuitous rescue and later for a well-publicized and ultimately disastrous 1994 recovery attempt.
- JulyTemplate:Ndash B-29 Lake Mead crash: A United States Air Force B-29 Superfortress crashes into Lake Mead, Nevada, during a classified research mission.
- November 1 – A P-38 Lightning flown by a Bolivian Air Force pilot collides in midair with Eastern Airlines Flight 537, a Douglas DC-4 airliner on its final approach to National Airport. All 55 people on board the DC-4 die; the P-38 pilot survives.
- August 5 - A USAF B-29 Superfortress carrying a Mark 4 nuclear bomb and a number of conventional bombs crashes after takeoff at Fairfield-Suisun Air Force Base, Fairfield, California, USA. The nuclear bomb's high-explosive trigger detonates, causing a huge chain-reaction explosion that kills 19 aboard the plane and on the ground, including mission commander Brig. Gen. Robert F. Travis; the airfield is later renamed Travis Air Force Base in his honor.
- March 23 - A United States Air Force C-124 Globemaster II missing over the Atlantic Ocean, wreckage was found. 53 died.
- September 16 - A damaged F2H-2 Banshee jet fighter returning to the US Navy aircraft carrier USS Essex (CV-9) misses the recovery net and crashes into several planes parked on the ship's deck, killing 7 people and destroying 4 aircraft. This crash led the USN to equip all future carriers with angled flight decks for safer airplane recovery.
- April 4 - A United States Air Force C-124 Globemaster II collides in midair with a C-47 Skytrain over Mobile, Alabama, USA; 15 die.
- November 23 - A United States Air Force C-124 Globemaster II on approach to Elmendorf AFB, Alaska, USA crashes into a remote glacier, killing all 52 aboard.
- December 20 - A United States Air Force C-124 Globemaster II carrying 115 US servicemen crashes at Moses Lake, Washington, USA; 87 die, the highest confirmed death toll of any disaster in aviation history at the time.
- May 15 - An errant USAF F-84 Thunderjet collides with 2 USAF C-119 Flying Boxcars flying in formation near Weinheim, Germany, sending all 3 planes down in flames. 9 servicemen aboard the C-119's die; the F-84 pilot parachutes to safety.
- June 18 - A United States Air Force C-124 Globemaster II crashes after engine failure on take-off at Tachikawa Air Force Base, Tokyo, Japan. 129 die, making this the deadliest recorded disaster in aviation history at the time.
- March 30 - A C-119 Flying Boxcar careens into a US Army mess hall and explodes after crash-landing in a parade field at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, USA, killing 5 aboard the plane and 2 inside the building.
- March 22 - A United States Navy Douglas DC-6 hits a cliff at Honolulu, Hawaiian Islands, United States of America, killing 66.
- May 15 - A RCAF Avro CF-100 Canuck crashed into Villa St. Louis, a convent of the Grey Nuns of the Cross in Orleans, Ontario, Canada. 15 people were killed; both crewmen of the aircraft, a priest, 11 nuns and one other woman.
- June 5 - A USAF Northrop F-89 Scorpion fighter jet strikes an automobile during an aborted take-off at Wold-Chamberlain Field, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, killing 3 of the 5 occupants of the vehicle; both F-89 crewmembers survive.
- June 9 - A Grumman F9F Panther fighter jet flown by a USMC Reserve pilot crashes into a row of houses near Wold-Chamberlain Field, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. In addition to killing the pilot, the crash kills 5 and injures 12 on the ground, most of whom are young children. This is the second time in 5 days that a military jet operating from this airport crashes and kills multiple civilians on the ground.
- October 10 - A United States Air Force C-118 lost at sea about 150 miles north of the Azores. 59 died.
- December 31 A United States Air Force C-121 crashed in Saudi Arabia while flying UN troops into the Suez Canal. It was also carrying Hungarian refugees back to Charleston AFB,
- March 17 - The official plane of the President of the Philippines, a Philippine Air Force C-47 named "Mt. Pinatubo", crashes on the slopes of Mount Manunggal, Cebu, Philippines, killing Philippine President Ramon Magsaysay and 24 others. The crash is blamed on metal fatigue; one journalist onboard survives.
- March 21 - A United States Air Force C-97 lost at sea over Pacific Ocean. 67 died.
- May 31 - A Royal Canadian Navy McDonnell F2H-3 Banshee fighter jet spirals out of control and crashes, killing its pilot, after its right wing breaks in half during a high-speed flyby at naval air station HMCS Shearwater, Nova Scotia, Canada. The crash is attributed to improperly manufactured fittings in the folding wing mechanism, and most RCN and US Navy Banshees are grounded until improved fittings can be installed.
- December 12 – A U.S. Air Force B-52 crashes on takeoff at Fairchild AFB near Spokane, Washington. All crew members are killed except the tail gunner. The incident is caused by trim motors that were hooked up backwards. The aircraft climbed straight up, stalled, fell over backwards and nosed straight down.
- February – A US Douglas C-118A Liftmaster military transport and a U.S. Navy P2V-5F Neptune patrol bomber, collided over Norwalk (a suburb of Los Angeles), California at night. 47 servicemen were killed as well as a 23-year-old civilian woman on the ground who was hit by falling debris. A plaque commemorating the disaster was erected by the American Legion in 1961 at the location of the accident, the corner of Firestone Boulevard and Pioneer Boulevard.
- March 27 - A USAF C-124 Globemaster II collides in midair with a USAF C-119 Flying Boxcar over Bridgeport, Texas, USA, killing all 18 servicemen aboard both aircraft.
- July 26 - Fabled USAF test-pilot Iven Carl Kincheloe, Jr. is killed after the engine of his Lockheed F-104A fighter jet fails during takeoff at Edwards Air Force Base, California, USA. While flying a Bell X-2, Kincheloe became the first man to exceed 100,000 ft (30,500 m) of altitude, and he is often credited as the first man to enter outer space.
- September 8 – Two B-52s collide over the town of Airway Heights near Fairchild AFB. Thirteen crew members are killed, while three survive. There were no casualties on the ground.
- September 30 - A Rolls Royce test pilot flying an Avro Vulcan in an airshow at RAF Syerston pulls up too hard after a high-speed flyby and exceeds the airframe's structural limits, collapsing the plane's right wing. The craft spirals out of control and crashes, killing the entire aircrew and 3 people on the ground.
- June 26 - A Belgian Air Force C-119 Flying Boxcar crashes near Detmold, Germany after being accidentally hit by a British mortar. 5 crewmen and 33 paratroopers died, while 9 paratroopers managed to jump into safety using their parachute.
- May 11 - A United States Air Force C-135 crashes at Clark Air Force Base, Philippines. 75 died. The crash occurred while attempting to land during a rainstorm at approximately 1920 hrs.
- January 16 - A United States Air Force KC-135 crashed after an engine failure shortly after take off from McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas, United States of America. The fuel laden plane crashed at the intersection of 20th and Piatt causing a huge fire. 30 were killed 23 on the ground and the 7 member crew.
- June 25 - A United States Air Force C-135 crashed on take off Los Angeles Airport, California, United States of America. 85 died.
- January 17 – A B-52 Stratofortress collides with a KC-135 Stratotanker during aerial refueling near Palomares, Spain in the Palomares hydrogen bombs incident. Seven crewmembers are killed in the crash, and two of the B-52's nuclear weapons rupture, scattering radioactive material over the countryside. One bomb lands intact near the town, and another is lost at sea. It is later recovered intact 5 miles (8 km) offshore.
- June 8 – An XB-70 Valkyrie prototype crashes following a mid-air collision with a Lockheed F-104 Starfighter while the aircraft were in close formation for a photo shoot at the behest of General Electric. The pilot of the F-104 and the copilot of the XB-70 are killed.
- January 21 - A B-52 Stratofortress carrying four hydrogen bombs crashes on the ice off Greenland, near Thule Air Base. 1 crew member killed; several relief workers exposed to radiation.
- August 12 - Avro Vulcan B2 XL390 of No. 617 Squadron Royal Air Force crashed during an air display at Naval Air Station Glenview, United States. All crew members killed.
- April 15 - North Korean MiG-21s shoot down a Navy EC-121M Warning Star over the Sea of Japan, killing all 31 aboard.
- June 5 – Crash of Rivet Amber, the U.S. Air Force's sole Boeing RC-135E.
- September 20 - An Air Vietnam Douglas DC-4 collided on approach to landing with an American United States Air Force F-4 Phantom near Da Nang, Vietnam. 77 died.
- October 13 – Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571, a Fairchild FH-227D carrying a rugby union team from Montevideo to a match in Santiago, Chile, crashes in a remote region of the Andes on the Chile-Argentina border. Of the 45 on board, 12 died in the crash, five died by the following morning, and one died from his injuries a week later. The survivors were eventually forced to resort to cannibalism to live, feeding off the bodies of the dead that had been preserved by the freezing temperatures. On December 12, the remaining survivors sent three of their own to find help. After sending one of the party back to the crash site to preserve rations, the remaining two found help. The 14 survivors remaining at the crash site were rescued in a mission that ended on December 23. The story would spawn a critically-acclaimed book in 1974, along with several film adaptations.
- April 12 - A United States Navy P-3C Orion and a Convair 990 belonging to NASA collided while on final approach to Moffett Field Naval Air Station in Sunnyvale, California and crashed short of the runway. The planes fell on the Sunnyvale Municipal Golf Course and 16 of the 17 people aboard the two planes were killed.
- April 4 – A USAF C-5A Galaxy taking part in Operation Babylift, a mass evacuation of children from South Vietnam during the Fall of Saigon, experiences an explosive decompression about 40 mi (64 km) outside Saigon when the rear ramp and pressure door blow out, damaging the plane's flight controls. The plane, carrying over 300 crew, children, and adult escorts, crashes into a rice paddy after the pilot loses control while trying to return to Tan Son Nhut Air Base; 138 die, including 127 orphans.
- October 14 – An RAF Avro Vulcan of 9 Sqn RAF Waddington breaks up over Zabbar, Malta, after a hard landing shears off the port-side undercarriage, piercing a wing fuel tank and starting a fire. The pilot and co-pilot initiate a second landing attempt but eject when they realize that the plane cannot make it back to the runway. The subsequent explosion kills 5 crewmembers who remained aboard, and an electrical cable severed by falling debris kills a bystander on the ground.
- April 24 - Operation Eagle Claw - A contingent of American military aircraft embarks on a commando raid to rescue a group of American hostages held by Iran. An unexpected sandstorm forces 2 USMC RH-53D Sea Stallion helicopters to divert before reaching the first rendezvous point and causes serious mechanical damage to a third, prompting commanders to abort the mission. While attempting to evacuate personnel and equipment that had already arrived at the rendezvous point, the pilot of another Sea Stallion loses control during takeoff and collides with a USAF C-130 Hercules, killing all 8 US servicemen aboard both aircraft.
- October 29 - A USAF C-130 Hercules outfitted with experimental JATO rockets for Operation Credible Sport, a planned second attempt to rescue American hostages held by Iran, is destroyed when the rockets misfire during a test landing at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, USA. All crewmembers survive, but the rescue operation is deemed excessively risky and is cancelled.
- May 6 - A mechanical failure caused Air Force jet ARIA 328 to crash in a farmer's field, in Walkersville, Maryland. All 21 crewmembers were killed. A memorial has been built at Walkersville Heritage Farm Park.
- June 27 – An RAF C-130 Hercules and a Royal Navy Sea King helicopter collide in cloud north of the Falkland Islands, at around 300 ft. The Hercules lost the wing beyond its #1 engine but still managed to land. The Sea King, based at RNAS Culdrose, was lost and all four onboard killed.
- July 13 – Blue Angels Aircraft 5 and 6 (A-4F) collide at Niagara Falls, killing Lt. Cmdr. Michael Gershon.
- December 12 – Arrow Air Flight 1285, a chartered DC-8 crashes just after takeoff from Gander, Newfoundland, Canada, killing 256 people, of whom 248 were soldiers in the US Army 101st Airborne Division returning from overseas duty in the Sinai desert, Egypt. This remains the greatest peacetime loss of military personnel in US history.
- April 24 - Marine Corps Colonel Jerry Cadick, then commanding officer of MAG-11, was performing stunts at the MCAS El Toro Air Show before a crowd of 300,000 when he crashed his F/A-18 Hornet at the bottom of a loop that was too close to the ground. The aircraft was in a nose-high attitude, but still carrying too much energy toward the ground when it impacted at more than 300 mph (480 km/h). Col. Cadick was subjected to extremely high G forces that resulted in his face making contact with the control stick and sustaining serious injury. He broke his arm, elbow and ribs, exploded a vertebra and collapsed a lung. Col. Cadick survived and retired from the Marine Corps. The F/A-18 remained largely intact but was beyond repair.
- August 17 – A PAF C-130 Hercules crashes near the Pakistani town of Bahawalpur, killing everyone aboard, including the President of Pakistan General Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq, American Ambassador to Pakistan Arnold Lewis Raphel, Head of Pakistan's military intelligence General Akther Abdul Rehman and nearly all of the top military brass of the Pakistan Army.
- August 28 – Ramstein airshow disaster: Three of the ten Aermacchi MB-339PAN jets from the Italian Air Force display team Frecce Tricolori collide in mid-air in front of the audience while performing their 'pierced heart' formation. One aircraft crashes directly into the crowd. Sixty-seven spectators and all three pilots are killed and 346 seriously injured in the resulting explosion and fire.
- December 8 – Remscheid plane crash: An USAF A-10 Thunderbolt II crashes into the West German town of Remscheid. The pilot and five residents are killed, and a further 50 people injured.
- May 6 - CH-53D with Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron-46 crashed into South China Sea killing all 17 on board.
- February 2 - The first prototype JAS 39 Gripen crashed on its sixth flight when landing in Linköping as a result of pilot-induced oscillation. The accident was filmed in a now famous recording by a crew from Sveriges Television's Aktuellt. The pilot remained in the tumbling aircraft, and escaped miraculously with just a fractured arm.
- July 4 - A "runaway" Soviet MiG-23 crashes into a farmhouse in Belgium, killing an 18-year-old man.
- January 23 - Mid-air collision between two Blue Angels aircraft during a practice session at El Centro. One airplane was destroyed and the other badly damaged. Both pilots survived unharmed.
- December 6 - An MB-326 jet from the Italian Air Force crashes into a high school in Casalecchio di Reno, Italy. Twelve students are killed, 84 more are severely injured. The pilot ejected after losing control of the plane.
- March 21 – Two US Navy P-3 Orion anti-submarine planes are lost during a training mission off the San Diego coast. The crash occurs in a storm 60 miles southwest of San Diego at 2:30 a.m., as one plane flies to relieve the other, which had been airborne for seven hours. Search-and-rescue workers discover wreckage from the downed planes but all 27 crewmen are lost. The two aircraft were assigned to Patrol Squadron 50, based at Moffett Naval Air Station in Mountain View.
- June 5 - A Royal Australian Air Force F/A-18 crashes 100 kilometres north east of Weipa, Queensland. The pilot was killed. The wreckage was found in July 1994.
- February 6 - A Kentucky Air National Guard C-130 crashes into the JoJo's restaurant and Drury Inn while practicing touch and go maneuvers at the Evansville, Indiana Airport. All five crewmembers and nine people on the ground were killed. Several others were injured.
- April - A Marine Corps CH-46 suffers a catastrophic explosion and crashes into the Red Sea, killing four Marines including the pilot and injuring eight Marines.
- July 20 - A V-22 Osprey prototype catches fire and falls into the Potomac River in Quantico, Virginia, USA, killing 5 crewmembers in front of an audience of high-ranking US government officials; this is the first of a series of fatal accidents involving the controversial tiltrotor aircraft.
- April 27 – A Zambian Air Force DHC-5 Buffalo crashed shortly after takeoff from Libreville, Gabon. One engine caught fire and failed; the tired pilot then shut down the wrong engine, causing a complete loss of power during the climb and leading to a crash 500 metres offshore. The plane was carrying the Zambia national football team to a 1994 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Senegal. All 30 on board, including 18 players, the coach, and team support staff, were killed.
- August 8 - A JAS 39 Gripen crashed on the central Stockholm island of Långholmen, near the Västerbron bridge, during a slow speed manoeuver during a display over the Stockholm Water Festival. The same pilot as in the 1989 incident ejected safely. Despite large crowds standing by watching, no one on the ground was seriously injured. This crash was caused by a PIO.
- April 14 - Two U.S. Army Blackhawk helicopters are mistakenly shot down by USAF F-15 Eagle jets while patrolling the no-fly zone over Iraq, killing 26 personnel in what is known as the Black Hawk Incident.
- June 2 - A Royal Air Force Boeing Chinook helicopter crashes near Campbeltown, Scotland, killing 29 crew and passengers, including several top officials of the Royal Ulster Constabulary.
- June 24 - 'Czar 52', a USAF B-52H Stratofortress, crashes during an airshow practice at Fairchild AFB. After having rehearsed the maneuvers profile that in itself was dangerous to fly in a B-52, the aircraft came into land. Due to a KC-135 Stratotanker still being on the runway, the aircraft was required to make a 'go around'. After beginning a 360-degree turn left, the aircraft exceeded 90 degrees angle of bank, stalled and crashed into the ground. All four aircrewmembers were killed in the crash.
- May - Historic B-29 Superfortress "Kee Bird", abandoned in 1947 and recently restored to flying condition after a number of highly calamitous setbacks, is severely damaged by fire while attempting to take off from a frozen lakebed in Greenland. Its remains are abandoned to sink into the melting ice.
- September 22 – A USAF E-3 Sentry crashes shortly after take off when a flock of Canadian snow geese were ingested by its engines. All 26 crew members die, including 2 Canadian air crew members.
- April 3 - A USAF Boeing CT-43, on an official trade mission, crashed on approach to Dubrovnik Airport, Croatia, killing United States Secretary of Commerce Ron Brown and 34 other people.
- June 12 – Two Australian Army S-70A Black Hawk helicopters collide during a night training exercise near Townsville, Queensland, killing 18 soldiers.
- July 15 – at approximately 18.03 hrs, a Belgian Lockheed C-130 Hercules, registration number CH-06, crashed at Eindhoven Air Base in the Netherlands. A total of 34 people lost their lives as a result of the accident, and seven people were seriously injured.
- February 4 - Two Israeli CH-53 Sea Stallions collide over northern Israel, killing 73 Israel Defense Forces soldiers. See 1997 Israeli helicopter disaster.
- September 13 - German Air Force Tupolev 154M collided with a US Air Force C-141B Starlifter about 120 km (75 miles) west of the coast of Namibia over the Atlantic Ocean, killing all 24 aboard.
- February 3 - A U.S. Marine Corps EA-6B Prowler struck a cable supporting a gondola in Cavalese. The cable was severed and 20 people in the cabin plunged over 80 metres to their deaths. The plane had wing and tail damage but was able to return to the base.
- February 12 – A Sudan Air Force Antonov An-32 overshoots the runway and crashes into a river near Nasir, Sudan killing 27 of the 57 people onboard.
- March 28 – A Peruvian Air Force Antonov An-32, carrying villagers affected by floods, crashes in Piura, Peru after engine failure. Of the 55 people onboard, 22 are killed.
- May 5 – A Peruvian Air Force Boeing 737, chartered from Occidental Petroleum, crashes during poor weather near Andoas, Peru killing 75 of the 88 people onboard.
- May 12 – A Mauritanian Air Force Antonov An-24 crashes near Néma, Mauritania during a sandstorm killing 39 of the 42 people onboard.
- May 25 – A Lao People's Liberation Army Air Force Yakovlev Yak-40 crashes into a mountain during heavy rain killing all of the 26 onboard.
- January 21 – A Nicaraguan Air Force Antonov An-26 crashes into a mountain near Bluefields, Nicaragua killing all 28 onboard.
- March 7 – An Indian Air Force Antonov An-32 crashes upon landing in New Delhi, India during poor weather. All 19 people onboard are killed.
- April 18 - Royal Australian Air Force F-111 A8-291 crashes while on exercises in Malaysia. The two crew are killed.
- August 10 - A Pakistan Navy Breguet Atlantic plane is shot down by Indian Air Force jets, citing airspace violation. Dubbed the Atlantique Incident, it raises tensions between India and Pakistan.
- December 10 – A United States Air Force C-130 Hercules crashes during landing in Kuwait City, Kuwait killing three of the 94 people onboard.
- April 8 - A V-22 Osprey tiltrotor prototype rolls over and crashes during a rapid descent to land in Marana, Arizona, USA, killing all 19 US Marines onboard.
- April 19 – A Congolese military Antonov An-8 chartered from Centrafricain Airlines, crashes near Pepa, Democratic Republic of the Congo after engine failure caused by a bird strike. All 24 onboard were killed.
- October 25 – A Russian Air Force Ilyushin Il-18 crashes near Batumi, Georgia killing all 86 people onboard.
- December 11 - A V-22 Osprey prototype crashes near Jacksonville, North Carolina, USA, after an engine fails and a glitch in the flight control software prevents the pilots from maintaining control of the aircraft; all 4 crew members are killed.
- March 3 – A United States National Guard Shorts 360 crashes during poor weather in Unadilla, Georgia in the United States. All 21 people onboard were killed.
- April 1 - Hainan Island incident- An American EP-3E surveillance plane collides with a Chinese J-8 fighter jet and is forced to make an emergency landing in Hainan, China. The U.S. crew is detained for 10 days; the Chinese fighter pilot, Wang Wei, is missing and presumed dead.
- April 4 – A Sudan Air Force Antonov An-24 crashes during a sandstorm in Adar Yeil, Sudan. Of the 30 people onboard, 14 were killed; among them, Sudan’s deputy defense minister as well as other high-ranking officers.
- May 16 – A Turkish Air Force CASA CN-235 crashes into a field in Malatya, Turkey killing all 34 onboard.
- December 1 – A Russian military Ilyushin Il-76 caught fire and crashed near Novaya Inya, Russia killing all 18 onboard.
- February 21 – A Russian Navy Antonov An-26 crashes in Lakhta, Russia during an emergency landing. Of the 20 people onboard, 17 were killed.
- March 9 - A Portuguese Air Force F-16 crashes in Monte Real, Portugal, while practicing acrobatic manouvers, killing the pilot.
- May 3 - An Indian Air Force MiG-21 pilot ejects after takeoff, with the aircraft crashing into a Jalandhar bank building, killing eight on the ground (see 2002 Jalandhar India MiG-21 crash).
- June 2 – An Angolan Armed Forces Mil Mi-17 helicopter crashes in poor weather killing 20 of the 25 onboard. Among those onboard were top military officials that were going to attend a disarmament ceremony by UNITA rebels.
- July 27 – An Ukrainian Air Force Su-27 Tragedy at Lvov airshow. During the airshow an Su-27 crashed on the ground killing 85 spectators, 5 of them children. 199 were injured. Pilots managed to eject, but the plane crashed on the spectator watching the airshow from the ground. The plane lacked the altitude to escape the crash, and it hit the tribune and fell on the ground. As stated by Ukrainian Def. Ministry, the crash was caused because of engine failure.
- August 19 – A Russian Air Force Mil Mi-26 helicopter was shot down by Chechen rebels in Khankala, Russia. Of the 147 on board, 127 were killed.
- February 19 – An Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps Ilyushin Il-76 crashes into a mountain in poor weather near Shahdad, Iran. All of the 276 people onboard were killed.
- February 20 – A Pakistan Air Force Fokker F-27 crashes near Kohat, Pakistan. All 17 people onboard died, including Air Chief Marshal Mushaf Ali Mir.
- February 27 – A Canadian Forces Air Command H-3 Sea King helicopter crashes into the deck of the HMCS Iroquois in the Persian Gulf. No one was killed, but the ship's mission in the Gulf was postponed.
- March 21 - During the 2003 invasion of Iraq, two Royal Navy Westland Sea King ASaC7 AEW helicopters collided in mid-air five miles from their aircraft carrier HMS Ark Royal while one had been leaving on a mission as the other returned from the same operation. One American exchange pilot was on board a former E-2C Hawkeye pilot formely from Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron One One Five was killed. 
- August 19 – A Polish Su-22, flying at 3000 meter (10,000 ft) altitude, during antiaircraft artillery exercises, has been shot down near Ustka military proving area by 2K12 Kub missile. The pilot, lt. col. Andrzej Andrzejewski, safely ejected and alighted in Baltic Sea 21 km (11 nmi) from the coast, and - after one-and-half hour spent in water - picked up by helicopter.
- November 15 – Two United States Army UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters collide near Mosul, Iraq. Twenty-two soldiers were on both aircraft and 17 were killed.
- November 29 – An Air Force of the Democratic Republic of the Congo Antonov An-26 blew out a tire during landing in Boende, Democratic Republic of the Congo and overran the runway and crashed into a market square. Of the 24 people onboard, 20 were killed and 13 people on the ground died.
- August 24 — A Venezuelan Air Force Shorts 360 crashes near Maracay, Venezuela killing all 25 onboard.
- September 9 — A low-flying British Army Lynx AH Mk.9 helicopter was caught in high-voltage electric wires during an Anglo-Czech joint military training exercise near the village Kuroslepy (near Brno). All six persons on board died.
- September 11 — A Hellenic Army CH-47 Chinook crashes into the sea off Mount Athos, Greece killing all 17 onboard. Among those killed was Patriarch Peter VII of Alexandria.
- December 2 — The pilot on a Blue Angels F/A-18 ejects approximately one mile off Perdido Key after reporting mechanical problems and loss of power. Lt. Ted Steelman suffered minor injuries and fully recovered.
- January 26 – A United States Marine Corps CH-53 Sea Stallion helicopter ferrying troops crashes during a sandstorm near Ar Rutba, Iraq killing all 31 onboard.
- January 31 – A Colombian government UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter on an anti-narcotics mission crashes in heavy fog near Manguipayan, Colombia killing all 20 onboard.
- April 2 - Royal Australian Navy Westland Sea King helicopter Shark 02 crashes on the Indonesian island of Nias while providing humanitarian support following the 2005 Sumatran earthquake, killing 9 Australian Defence Force personnel onboard.
- September 15 - Russian Navy Su-27 aircraft during a flight between St.Petersburg and Kaliningrad, for unknown reasons veered off its course while travelling over neutral waters of the Baltic Sea, went into Lithuanian airspace and crashed in Jurbarkas region, Lithuania. No one was has harmed during the incident, including pilot that managed to eject.
- December 6 – An Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force C-130 Hercules crashes into an apartment building in Tehran, Iran. Ninety-four people onboard were killed as well as 14 in the building.
- January 19 – A Slovak Air Force Antonov An-24 carrying peacekeepers from Kosovo crashes near Telkibánya, Hungary. Of the 43 people onboard, only one survived.
- May 23 – A Greek F-16 Fighting Falcon and Turkish F-16 Fighting Falcon collide over the Aegean Sea as the Greek pilot attempted to intercept the Turkish, after an alleged airspace violation. The Greek pilot is presumed dead, but the Turkish pilot was rescued.
- June 3 – A People's Liberation Army Air Force converted KJ 200 (converted from Y-8 Transport) AWACS crashes in Guangde County in the People's Republic of China. All 40 people onboard died.
- September 2 – A Royal Air Force Hawker-Siddeley Nimrod NATO reconnaissance plane crashes near Kandahar, Afghanistan after a technical malfunction disables its flight controls. All 14 crew onboard were killed.
- November 29 – Two members of the Australian Army killed and seven injured when a S-70A Black Hawk helicopter hits the deck of the HMAS Kanimbla and crashes off Fiji.
- December 16 – A Mexican Air Force Antonov An-32B crashes into the sea off the coast of Mexico, near Acapulco. The four crew members on board were killed.
- January 24 – Ecuadorian Defence Minister Guadalupe Larriva, her 17-year-old daughter and five army officers are killed when two Aérospatiale Gazelle military helicopters collided during a night training.
- February 2 – A HAL Dhruv helicopter, part of the Saarang Helicopter Aerobatics team lost altitude and crashed while practicing for the Aero India-2007 at the Yelahanka Air Base near Bangalore, India. The pilot was severely injured, and the co-pilot was killed. The Saarang team continued their planned performance for the airshow.
- February 18 – A United States Army CH-47 Chinook crashed in southeastern Afghanistan due to a sudden, unexplained loss of power and control killing eight and wounding 14.
- April 12 – An unarmed Tornado ECR of the German Air Force crashed in a Template:Coor near Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland, killing the pilot. The weapons system officer ejected and was rescued severely injured from the rock face by a local helicopter rescue team. The crash occurred minutes after refueling in Emmen during an authorized navigation training in the Swiss Alps while returning to Germany from a long-distance flight to Corsica, France.
- April 21 – A United States Navy Blue Angels F/A-18 Hornet crashes into a residential neighborhood while performing at an airshow in Beaufort, South Carolina, in the United States, killing the pilot.
- April 27 – A Russian military Mil Mi-8 transport helicopter crashes near Shatoy, Chechnya in Russia. The incident occurred during the Battle of Shatoy and killed the crew and 17 spetsnaz (Russian special forces) soldiers on board.
- May 6 – A French Air Force de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter transporting Multinational Force and Observers crashes into a truck while making an emergency landing near El-Thamad, Egypt killing all nine people on board.
- May 11 – A Republic of China Air Force Northrop F-5 crashes in Hukou, Taiwan, killing five people.
- May 24 – A Peruvian Air Force de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter crashes in dense jungle after taking off from Pampa Hermosa, Peru. Of the 20 people on board, 13 were killed.
- June 13 – A Mongolian military Mil Mi-8 helicopter crashes in Selenge Province, Mongolia while en route to a forest fire killing 15 of the 22 people on board.
- August 8 – An RAF Puma crashes near Catterick.
- November 7 - An Romanian Air Force IAR-330 Puma SOCAT crashes in Argeş County, Romania, killing all three crew members on board.
- January 12 – A Macedonian Mil Mi-17 transport helicopter crashes near Skopje, Republic of Macedonia, killing all 11 soldiers on board.
- January 23 - A Polish military airplane EADS CASA C-295 crashed in forested area near Polish city Miroslawiec killing all 20 persons aboard - 16 Polish Air Force officers (incl. one general and six colonels) and 4 crew.
- January 28 - A Portuguese Air Force F-16 crashes in Monte Real, Portugal while performing a test run after going through extensive maintenance. The pilot safely ejected.
- February 23 - A B-2 Spirit crashed shortly after takeoff from Andersen Air Force Base in Guam. Both pilots ejected from the plane before it crashed, the aircraft was destroyed.
- ↑ Geschichte der Feuerwehr München - Teil 3. Feuerwehr München. Retrieved on 2007-07-08. (in German)
- ↑ The Times Sat June 29 1985 page 2
- ↑ Men and Women of the ROYAL NAVY lost 1945-present
- ↑ PPRUNE The Professional Pilots Rumour Network
- ↑ "Navy Blue Angel Aviators Die in Crash", October 28, 1999, accessed April 23, 2007
- ↑ Sveriges Television, News footage of the 1989 and 1993 crashes (in Swedish)
- ↑ "Pilot Blamed In Blue Angel Crash", Pensacola News Journal, June 13, 1990, archived at The Moneymaker Family Tree, accessed April 23, 2007
- ↑ Footage of the crash from YouTube
- ↑ An in-depth case study by Major Tony Kern of the USAF
- ↑ Crash kills Ecuador defence chief. BBC News (2007-01-25). Retrieved on 2007-01-26.
- ↑ Jagdbomber der Luftwaffe in der Schweiz abgestürzt. German Air Force (2007-04-12). Retrieved on 2007-05-03. (in German)
- ↑ Kampfjet abgestürzt!. Blick (2007-04-12). Retrieved on 2007-05-03. (in German, map source)
- ↑ German Military Jet Crashes in Switzerland; One Dead. Bloomberg (2007-04-12). Retrieved on 2007-05-03.
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