Airbus A340 plane crashes
The following are significant events involving the aircraft model. The numbered events are those involving at least one passenger death where the aircraft flight had a direct or indirect role, and where at least one of the dead passengers was not a stowaway, hijacker, or saboteur.
9 April 2004; Emirates A340-300; Flight 764; Johannesburg, South Africa: This was a scheduled international flight from Johannesburg, South Africa to Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
The aircraft was not able to get airborne until about 150 meters (500 feet) past the end of the runway.
The landing gear sustained minor damage after hitting some of the approach lights in the overrun area.
The aircraft returned to the airport for an emergency landing, and none of the 260 passengers and 14 crew on board were injured.
The South African Civil Aviation Authority's final report indicated that the overrun was due to an erroneous takeoff technique employed by the flying pilot. For both pilots it was only their second flight in an A340-300, and it was the flying pilot's first flight in this type of aircraft in that role. This event was classified by the South African authorities as an incident rather than an accident.
Incident Details from Flightglobal
2 August 2005; Air France A340-300; F-GLZQ; flight AF358; Toronto, Canada:
The aircraft was on a scheduled international flight from Paris to Toronto.
The aircraft encountered heavy thunderstorms upon arrival in Toronto.
The crew was able to land, but was unable to stop the aircraft on the runway.
The aircraft departed the runway and rolled into a gully where the aircraft broke up and caught fire.
All passengers and crew were able to successfully escape the burning plane.
None of the 12 crew members and or 297 passengers were killed.
This is not a fatal event since no passengers were killed.
Air France plane crashes
Accident investigations findings (Audio): MP3
Accident investigations findings (Video): Part1, Part 2
9 November 2007; Iberia A340-600; EC-JOH; flight IB6463; Quito, Ecuador:
The aircraft was on a scheduled international flight from Madrid, Spain to Quito, Ecuador, and experienced at least one burst tire after landing.
The aircraft overran the runway, coming to rest with the two left engines on the ground.
None of the 14 crew members or 345 passengers were killed.
Iberia plane crashes
20 March 2009; Emirates A340-500; Flight 407; Melbourne, Australia: This was a scheduled international flight from Melbourne, Australia to Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
The aircraft experienced multiple tail strikes during takeoff, and the crew returned to the departure airport.
Although none of the 257 passengers or 18 crew members were injured, the Australian Transport Safety Board categorized this event as an accident and launched a full investigation.
Accident Details from the AirSafe.com News
Media Release from 30 April 2009
Preliminary Accident Report
Audio of ATSB Briefing from 30 April 2009
http://www.airsafe.com/events/models/a340.htm -- Revised: 10 November