Plane crashes since 1970 for SAS

The following are either fatal events involving at least one passenger death or significant safety occurrences involving the airline. Excluded would be events where the only passengers killed were stowaways, hijackers, or saboteurs. The passenger fatalities in the numbered events may be due to accidents, hijackings, sabotage, or military action. The events that are not numbered may or may not include fatalities, and are included because they meet the criteria of a significant event as defined by

    27 December 1991; SAS MD81; Stockholm, Sweden: Shortly after departure on a flight from Stockholm to Copenhagen, both engines lost power due to ice ingestion. The ice had formed on the upper surfaces of the wings overnight and had not been fully removed by a pre-takeoff de-icing. During liftoff, clear ice broke off the wings and ingested by the engines, causing damage to the engine fan stages and leading to a loss of power when the aircraft was at about 3000 feet. The crew was able to make an unpowered landing and although the fuselage was broken in several places, none of the aircraft's occupants were killed.
    Unpowered Jet Airliner Landings

  1. 8 October 2001; SAS MD87; Milan Italy: The aircraft was taking off from Milan's Linate airport for a flight to Copenhagen when it collided with a Cessna Citation on the fog-shrouded runway. The airliner then crashed into a nearby hanger and caught fire. There was no indication that this event was the result of a hijacking, sabotage, or other act of violence. All six crew members and 104 passengers on the airliner were killed, as were the four occupants of the business jet and four airport workers on the ground.
    Fatal events involving the MD80 series aircraft

  2. 20 August 2008; Spanair MD82; Madrid, Spain: The aircraft crashed shortly after attempting a takeoff for a scheduled domestic flight from Madrid to Las Palmas in the Canary Islands. Early reports indicate that one of the engines caught fire during the takeoff, the aircraft became airbore, and that the crew set the aircraft down in a area to the right of the departure runway. The aircraft broke up and caught fire.

    There were 162 passengers and 10 crew members on board, and about 153 were reported killed. Among the passengers were 20 children and two infants. This was also a code share flight with Lufthansa, and that airline reported that seven of their passengers were checked in for the flight.

    Spanair is one of the airlines of the SAS Group.
    Fatal events involving the MD80 series aircraft

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Fatal and Significant Events Since 1970 for SAS -- Revised: 20 August 2008