L1011 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.

  1. 29 December 1972; Eastern Airlines L1011; near Miami, FL: The aircraft had a controlled flight into terrain in the Everglades swamp. While approaching Miami at night, the crew allowed the aircraft to enter a shallow descent while they were attempting to diagnose a minor equipment failure. Five of the 13 crew members and 94 of the 163 passengers were killed.

  2. 19 August 1980; Saudia L1011-200; HZ-AHK; flight SV163; Riyadh, Saudi Arabia: The aircraft was on a scheduled domestic flight from Riyadh to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, and the crew turned back shortly after takeoff after a fire broke out in the aft cargo compartment. The aircraft was able to execute a safe landing, but the crew was unable to open the emergency exits due to the smoke and fire. All 14 crew members and 287 passengers were killed.
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  3. 23 December 1980; Saudia L1011-200; HZ-AHJ; flight 162; Arabian Gulf, near Saudi Arabia: The aircraft was on a scheduled international flight from Dhahran, Saudi Arabia to Karachi, Pakistan, and during the climb phase of the flight, while the aircraft was off the coast of Qatar, a fatigue failure of a main landing gear inboard wheel flange resulted in the rupture of the aircraft's pressure hull and a subsequent explosive decompression. Two of the 288 passengers were ejected out of the aircraft as a result of the decompression. None of the 20 crew members were killed.
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  4. 2 August 1985; Delta Air Lines L1011-001; Dallas, TX: The aircraft crashed shortly before landing after encountering a wind shear from a passing thunderstorm. Eight of the 11 crew members and 128 of the 152 passengers were killed. One person in a passing car was also killed.
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  5. 3 May 1986; Air Lanka L1011-100; 4R-ULD; flight UL512; Colombo, Sri Lanka: During the boarding process prior to departure for a scheduled international flight from Colombo, Sri Lanka to Male, Maldives, a bomb exploded in a rear cargo compartment. The explosion separated the rear portion of the aircraft, and killed 20 of the 128 passengers. None of the 20 flight crew members were killed.

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