Rescuers in southern China have been searching in vain for survivors after a Boeing 737-800 plunged to the ground, with all 132 people on board feared dead.

Investigators are still trying to work out what caused the plane crash, which saw China Eastern flight MU5735 plummet from the sky yesterday (Monday, March 21).

Aviation experts say that Boeing 737-800s have good safety records, with thousands of the aircraft in operation around the world.

But there have been some other disasters involving the make of plane over the years – some involving pilot error and others being down to outside factors.



Rescuers searching the wreckage of the horrific crash in China

Gol Transportes Aéreos Flight 1907

In September 2006, an internal flight in Brazil claimed the lives of all 154 passengers and crew after a Boeing was involved in a mid-air collision with a business jet, reports The Sun.

It saw half of the airliner’s left wing sliced off, and the plane was ripped in two, landing in the jungle.

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The other jet – an Embraer Legacy 600 – managed to land with all seven people on board unharmed.

Brazilian authorities ruled the accident was caused by air traffic control errors and mistakes by the Legacy pilot, but US authorities found that neither of the US pilots was at fault.



The Boeing that crashed in the Brazilian jungle in 2007
The Boeing that crashed in the Brazilian jungle in 2007

Kenya Airways Flight 507

In May 2007, the Boeing Kenya Airways Flight 507 crashed two minutes after taking off from an airport in Cameroon on the second leg of its trip to Nairobi, on a day when the pilots of several other planes had refused to fly because of the conditions.

Shortly after taking off, the jet plunged into a mangrove swamp. All 114 passengers and crew were killed.



A Kenya Airways Boeing 737-800 like the one that crashed in 2007
A Kenya Airways Boeing 737-800 like the one that crashed in 2007

Ethiopian Airlines Flight 409

Flight 409 crashed into the Med soon after take-off from Beirut in January 2010 in what remains a mystery to many.

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Witnesses, including an air traffic controller, said they saw an orange explosion, suggesting it was shot down or was not by lightning.

But an official investigation found no evidence of either scenario, and blamed it on the pilot, who they said had failed to follow his training.

The airline company disagreed with the official finding, pointing out that the pilot was vastly experienced.

All 90 people on board died.



Distraught relatives waiting for information after the Ethiopian Airlines crash in 2010
Distraught relatives waiting for information after the Ethiopian Airlines crash in 2010

Air India Express Flight 812

The Air India Express plane crashed in May 2010 at an airport in Mangalore.

The captain was advised three times by his co-pilot to abort the takeoff but refused to do so, and the plane ended up in a ravine and burst into flames. There were only eight survivors out of the 166 passengers and crew on board.



The funerals of a family killed in the Air India Express disaster
The funerals of a family killed in the Air India Express disaster

Flydubai Flight 981

In March 2016, all 62 people on board this flight died after two failed attempts to land at night in poor conditions at Rostov-on-Don Airport, Russia.

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At the end of the flight from the UAE, the pilots spent two agonising hours circling the airport before making a second attempt to bring the plane down.

They abandoned it again, but a few seconds later the aircraft crashed into the runway.

Pilot error was blamed for this tragedy.

Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752



A Ukrainian Boeing was accidentally shot down by the Iranians in 2020
A Ukrainian International Airlines Boeing was accidentally shot down by Iran in 2020

Flight 752 was shot down by the Iranian military in January 2020 after they mistook it for a cruise missile.

The flight from Tehran to Kyiv, Ukraine, was targeted by two surface-to-surface missiles, resulting in the deaths of all 176 people aboard, including 57 Canadians.

Air India Express Flight 1344



More than 20 people died when an Air India Express plane crashed in August 2020
More than 20 people died when an Air India Express plane crashed in August 2020

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In August 2020, Flight 1344 from Dubai to Calicut International Airport skidded off the runway while landing and and killed 21 people, including both pilots.

The aircraft had already attempted two landings before the fateful third effort in heavy rain.

There were two injuries among the 169 survivors. An investigation found that the accident was due to pilot error, with one of them refusing to take off again when instructed.



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