Airline Insider answers these questions and many more. Below is a listing of the most prominent accidents from 2007. Many of these went unnoticed in the mainstream media.
â€¢ 17 July 2007: A TAM Linhas Aereas Airbus A320 skidded off a wet runway at Sao Paulo. The aircraft slid across a road, crashed into buildings and hit a fuel station, sparking a fire. All 187 persons on board were killed, as well as 12 ground fatalities. Safety conditions at this airport have been seriously questioned, specifically the safety of its runways when wet. Preliminary data indicates the ground spoilers failed to deploy, and there may have been a brake failure involved.
â€¢ 28 June 2007: A TAAG Angola Boeing 737-200 crashed while attempting to make an emergency landing in M'Banza. Six people died in the mishap and a number of injuries were reported. According to reports, 78 people were on board the aircraft at the time of the crash. Preliminary reports have stated that the flight crew lost control of the aircraft during the landing, but no further details are available.
â€¢ 5 May 2007: A Kenya Airways Boeing 737-800 crashed over a remote section of rainforest in Cameroon. All 114 persons on board were killed. Reports indicate the aircraft emitted an automated distress signal before going down. Airline representatives have stated that the aircraft was approximately six months old.
â€¢ 7 March 2007: A Garuda Boeing 737-400 overshot the runway while landing in Yohyakarta, bursting into flames. Twenty-one of the 140 persons on board were killed. The aircraft landed hard, destroying the landing gear. Fuel from the right wing leaked into the hot engine, causing the aircraft to burst into flames. There were a number of Australian diplomats and reporters among the passengers. After coming to rest, passengers fled the aircraft while it continued to burn. Reports indicate that the pilot and co-pilot were arguing over the approach speed as the aircraft was landing, with the co-pilot arguing for an abort and go-around.
â€¢ 29 October 2006: An ADC Airlines Boeing 727 crashed, then burst into flames shortly after taking off from Abuja, killing 97 of the 104 persons on board. The cause of the mishap has yet to be determined, but weather conditions at the time were reported to be quite poor. Initial reports from experts called the incident 'avoidable.' Several high-profile persons were among the dead, including Nigeria's Muslim spiritual leader.
â€¢ 29 September 2006: A Gol Boeing 737-800 crashed in the Brazilian jungle after experiencing a midair collision with a corporate aircraft. While the corporate aircraft landed later with no injuries and only slight damage to one wing, all contact with the Gol aircraft was lost. All 154 persons on board were killed. Preliminary reports indicated that the corporate aircraft was flying at the wrong altitude at the time of the crash.
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