On 24 June 1982, British Airways Flight 9 experienced St. Elmo's fire, a few minutes later all four engines flamed out. After descending the crew successfully restarted the engines and landed safely. The St. Elmo's fire and engine flame out was caused by volcanic ash.
27 марта 1977 года в аэропорту Тенерифе разбились два Боинга 747, при этом погибли 583 человека. Первый фильм "Катастрофа столетия" рассказывает, как это случилось, и воссоздает предшествующие события. Второй фильм из цикла документальных передач "На волосок от смерти". Оба фильма сняты каналом Discovery.
On 23 November 1996, Ethiopian Airlines Flight 961 was forced to do a ditch after running out of fuel but the aircraft broke up as the wings hit the water, killing 125 people. The aircraft ran out of fuel because hijackers did not believe the pilots, that the aircraft did not have enough fuel to make it to the hijackers' planned location, Australia.
On 23 March 1994, Aeroflot Flight 593 stalled and crashed killing 75 people. The pilot's 15 year old son accidentally disabled autopilot while in the captain's seat, causing the aircraft to bank heavy to the right creating the stall.
On 31 October 1999, EgyptAir Flight 990 dove out of the sky and crashed into the sea killing 217 people. The cause of the dive is disputed, the Egyptian government claims mechanical failure associated with the elevator controls caused the crash, while the US government claims the aircraft was deliberately crashed by the First Officer Gameel Al-Batouti in a suicide/homicide.
On 3 July 1988, during the Iran–Iraq War the USS Vincennes (CG-49) shot down Iran Air Flight 655 killing everyone on board. The crew of the Vincennes, despite its high-tech equipment, mistook the airliner for an F-14 Tomcat fighter.
On 12 August 1985, Japan Airlines Flight 123's rear pressure bulkhead burst, destroying the vertical stabilizer and rupturing all four hydraulic systems. The crew managed to keep the aircraft flying for a bit until it clipped a mountain ridge and crashed, killing 520 people.