On Oct. 16, AirAsia landed the plane safely and told the media the rapid descent was due to “technical issues,” but did not make any allegations about the cabin crew’s behavior.
It is not the first time something like this has happened, and unfortunately, it won’t be the last.
For those flying soon, don’t panic, but here are 10 of the many airplane fails that have happened in history.
1. 9/11 Flight – American Airlines, Flight 11
Al-Queda members hijacked and crashed the plane at 8:46 am, targeting floors 93-99 of the North Tower of the World Trade Center, killing everyone on the plane and hundreds inside the building.
2. 9/11 Flight – United Airlines, Flight 175
Hijackers crashed the plane at 9:03 a.m. of the World Trade Center’s South Tower, targeting floors 75-85 and killing everyone on board and hundreds inside the building.
3. Helios Airways, Flight 522, 2005
In 2005, the flight crashed outside Athens and killed all 121 people on board. Pressure started dropping inside the plane until all the passengers and crew members were left unconscious. The plane ran out of gas and ultimately crashed into a mountain outside of Athens.
4. British Airways, Flight 5390, 1990
17,300 feet above Oxfordshire, England, the windshield on the captain’s side blew out, causing the pilot to fall out of the window. One of the attendants grabbed him quickly by the legs and held on tightly until the plane landed safely and rushed the pilot, who was still alive, to the hospital.
5. USAir, Flight 427,1994
Before landing, Captain Peter Germano noticed the plane would not respond to the maneuvers and continued to roll while pitched nose-down to the ground, until it crashed, killing all 127 passengers and 5 crew members.
6. Korean Airlines, Flight 007, 1983
When approaching its final destination, the plane began to veer off course. It flew above Russian Soviet military installations and was shot down by a missile after failed communication attempts from Soviet fighter pilots. All 269 people were killed.
7. Japan Airlines Mid-air Incident, 2001
A trainee of the aerospace sector miscommunicated with Flight 907 to Okinawa, Japan, telling the pilot to descend while another plane was in the way. He recognized his mistake and told Flight 958 to Narita, Japan, to change direction, but it did not go through, causing both planes to come 135 meters from each other, but avoided the collision. No one suffered injuries.
8. Braniff, Flight 542, 1959
Twenty-three minutes into its flight from Houston to Dallas, Texas, Braniff Flight 542 disintegrated in mid-air, killing every passenger and crew member on the plane. The crash was caused by mechanical difficulties with the left wing of the plane, but the plane was was cleared for departure anyway.
9. Aerolineas Argentinas, Flight 386, 1992
Passengers from this flight arrived feeling sick and were diagnosed with cholera. The investigation stated that the cause could have been from the shrimp being served on the plane, or a passenger who was already infected and contaminated. There was one death, and more than 20 people showed symptoms of the disease.
10. Air-Asia Airbus, Flight A320, 2017
Passengers flying from Perth to Bali fell 20,000 feet following an apparent pressurization issue in the cabin. The cabin crew kept screaming and became panicked, which startled the passengers more than the descent.