Boeing 737 Crash in Micronesia Is a New “Miracle on the Hudson” + 6 Other Aircrafts Incidents That Luckily Ended With No Fatalities

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Survive a plane crash is a complete miracle and the recent incident in Mexico where all passengers stayed alive is one of not many similar cases that ended happily.

Nexter.org found six plane crashes where were no fatalities. 

Boeing 737 landing in Pacific island lagoon

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Source: JAMES YAINGELUO/BBC

A passenger aircraft has come down in a lagoon off Chuuk International Airport in Micronesia after it missed the runway, airport officials say.

The Air Niugini plane from Papua New Guinea was seen sitting in shallow water just off the coast.

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Source: AFP

Locals responded by approaching the plane in small vessels to help rescue the 36 passengers and 11 crew.

A hospital official told Reuters that four passengers were in a serious condition after the crash.

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Source: Jonah Kovii Hainrick

The aircraft was flying from the island of Pohnpei in Micronesia to Port Moresby, the capital of Papua New Guinea, stopping at Micronesia’s Weno island on the way.

Mexico Plane Crash

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A strong wind gust brought down an Aeromexico plane carrying 103 people in northern Mexico on June 31, 2018, leading to a fiery crash that left dozens aboard injured but no fatalities, Durango state officials say.

Aeromexico’s Flight 2431 was en route from Durango, Mexico, to Mexico City on Tuesday when it went on a rapid descent moments after taking off, airline and state officials said.

There were 99 passengers and four crew members aboard the Embraer 190 plane, the Durango governor told the AP.

“Miracle on the Hudson”

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On 15 January 2009, US Airways Flight 1549 was scheduled to fly from New York City’s LaGuardia Airport to Charlotte Douglas. However, about 90 seconds after takeoff, the Airbus A320 struck a flock of Canada Geese and lost the power in both engines. Unable return to LaGaurdia or to reach any airport nearby, the crew glided the plane to a successful ditching in the Hudson River.

All on board survived, and the incident became known as the Miracle of the Hudson.

Qantas Airbus A380

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Source: AP

On 4 November 2010, a Qantas Airbus A380, operating flight 32 from Singapore to Sydney, suffered an uncontained engine failure in its number two Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engine shortly after takeoff, resulting in extensive damage to its left wing, fuel system, and flight controls.

The experienced crew made it back to Singapore about two hours after the incident occurred, with no injuries among the 469 passengers and crew members.

Investigators found that a manufacturing fault in the engine caused a fatigue crack.

Flying without fuel

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Source: Youtube

On 24 August 2001, an Airbus A330 of the Canadian company Air Transat Flight 236 ran out of fuel while flying over the Atlantic Ocean. The fuel starvation was caused by a fuel line fracture in the right engine (due to improper maintenance work) and a wrong decision of the pilots to transfer fuel from the left wing tank to the near-empty right wing tank.

However, the pilots of the aircraft became heroes as they glided their plane without engine power over a distance of 120 km (75 miles) to a runway at a naval base on an island in the Azores, saving all 306 people (293 passengers and 13 crew) on board.

3 hours on one engine

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On 17 March 2003, the captain of a United Airlines flight 842 – operated by a B777-200ER and flying from Auckland (New Zealand) to Los Angeles (USA) – was forced to shut down one of the plane’s two engines because the oil pressure dropped dramatically.

The captain continued to fly its 255 passengers for more than 3 hours on the Boeing’s sole functioning engine over the vast Pacific Ocean, before making a textbook landing in Kona on Hawaii’s Big Island.

Scandinavian airlines crash on takeoff 

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On 27 December 1991, a Scandinavian Airlines McDouglas MD-81 took off from Stockholm (Sweden) for flight 751 to Copenhagen (Denmark). However, moments after liftoff, both engines failed at an altitude of only 3,220 ft (980 m) and the pilots were forced to make an emergency landing 4 minutes after takeoff in a field near Gottröra in Sweden.

Remarkably, although the plane broke into three parts before coming to a stop, all 129 passengers and crew aboard survived.


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