When people commute, they expect a smooth and easy ride. They trust that they’ll make it to their intended destination. No one expects for their ride to be their last ride. Alas, in life, anything can happen. We’ve all heard stories of plane or train crashes. We hear about the mass casualties and that the possibility of survivors may be next to none in a few of these tragedies. Have a look at some of the worst commuter tragedies of all time.
Boeing 747, New Delhi India, 1996
Most crashes that we hear of occur when there is a collision on the ground or at sea. That’s what makes this particular crash may be a rarity when it comes to crashes. On November 12, 1996, An Ilyushin-76 cargo plane happened to be flying in a certain direction. This plane was operated by Air Kazakhstan.
Another plane which was a Boeing 747 was operated via Saudi Arabian Airlines. There was some confusion on the part of the Air Kazakhstan plane and it was told that it was clear to land in New Delhi. The Boeing 747 plane was in the same route, and both planes collided into each other over a village in Haryana, which is close to New Delhi, India. 349 people died as a result of this collision. The investigation of this accident concluded that the pilot of the Air Kazakhstan plane failed to follow ATC instructions.