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An American Airlines Airbus A300 passenger jet bound for Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic crashed shortly after takeoff from John F. Kennedy airport in New York on Monday, U.S. aviation officials said.

Following is a chronology of major airline crashes since January 1996:

  • Oct. 8, 2001: At least 114 people killed when a Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS) airliner and a small plane collide in heavy fog at Milan's Linate airport.
  • Oct. 4, 2001: A Russian Tupolev-154 jet on a flight from Israel exploded and plunged into the Black Sea in unexplained circumstances killing 78 passengers and crew.
  • July 3, 2001: Approximately 136 passengers and nine crew were killed when a Russian Tupolev-154 plane crashed near the Siberian city of Irkutsk.
  • Aug. 23, 2000: A Gulf Air Airbus A320 crashed in the waters off Bahrain on a flight from Cairo, killing all 143 aboard.
  • July 25, 2000: An Air France Concorde crashed shortly after take off from Charles de Gaulle Airport, Paris, bound for New York. All 109 people on board were killed along with four on the ground.
  • April 19, 2000: An Air Philippines Boeing 737-200 crashed near the southern city of Davao killing all 131 on board. The crash was the worst in the Philippines' history.
  • Jan. 30, 2000: A Kenya Airways Airbus A-310 crashed in the sea shortly after takeoff from Abidjan in the Ivory Coast, killing all 179 passengers and crew.
  • Oct. 31, 1999: EgyptAir Flight 990 crashed off Nantucket, Mass., killing all 217 aboard the Boeing 767.
  • Dec 11, 1998: Thai Airways Airbus Flight TG261 carrying 146 people crashed as it approached the airport in Surat Thani in southern Thailand at the end of a flight from Bangkok, 101 people died.
  • Sept. 2, 1998: A Swissair wide-bodied MD-11, en route from New York to Geneva, crashed off Nova Scotia as it prepared to make an emergency landing in Halifax. All 215 passengers and 14 crew were killed.
  • Feb. 16, 1998: A China Airlines Airbus crashed at Taipei's international airport, killing 196 people on the aircraft and seven on the ground. It was en route from Bali, Indonesia, and was carrying Taiwan's central bank governor, Sheu Yuan-dong.
  • Feb. 2, 1998: Cebu Pacific Air DC-9 crashed into a mountainside 40 miles (65 km) northeast of Cagayan de Oro Airport, Philippines, killing all 104 on board.
  • Dec. 19, 1997: All 104 people on board died when a Singapore SilkAir Boeing 737-300 airliner crashed near the Indonesian city of Palembang.
  • Sept. 26, 1997: An Indonesian Garuda Airbus A-300-B4 crashed in northern Sumatra in a mountainous area about 45 kilometres south of Medan. All 222 passengers and 12 crew were killed in the crash, Indonesia's worst ever.
  • Aug. 6, 1997: Korean Air Lines Boeing 747 Flight 801 carrying 254 people from Seoul crashed into a hilly area near Guam's airport. Twenty-six people survived.
  • Nov. 23, 1996: A total of 125 of the 175 passengers and crew died when a hijacked Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 767 crashed into the sea off the Comoros Islands.
  • Nov. 12, 1996: 349 people died when a Saudi Arabian Boeing 747 and a Kazakhstan Ilyushin 11-76 cargo plane collided in mid-air over India in the worst-ever mid-air collision.
  • Nov. 7, 1996: A Nigerian Boeing 727 flying from Port Harcourt to Lagos, with 142 passengers and nine crew, crashed with no survivors.
  • Aug. 29, 1996: A Tupolev-154, chartered by Russian mining company Trust Arktik Ugol and carrying 129 passengers and a crew of 12 to the remote Arctic island of Spitzbergen, crashed killing all aboard.
  • July 17, 1996: TWA Flight 800 exploded in a fireball over the Atlantic Ocean after taking off from Kennedy Airport en route for Paris from New York. All 230 on board died.
  • May 11, 1996: A ValuJet Airlines DC-9 jet with 110 people on board crashed in the Everglades near Miami International Airport. There were no survivors.
  • Feb. 29, 1996: In the worst accident in Peru's history, a Boeing 737 crashed in the Andes killing all 117 passengers and six crew. The plane, belonging to local Faucett Airline and on a flight from Lima, slammed into a mountain as it prepared to land at the city of Arequipa, 1,000 kilometres south of Lima.
  • Feb. 6, 1996: A Dominican Alas Nacionales Boeing 757 carrying 189 people plunged into waters off the Dominican Republic, killing all on board.
  • Jan. 8, 1996: At least 350 people died when a Russian-built Antonov-32 cargo plane crashed into a crowded market in the centre of the Zaire capital, Kinshasa.

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