This post is by Marcus Lu from Visual Capitalist


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A bar chart showing the most plane crashes by airlines, current up to September 2023.

Ranked: Global Airlines With the Most Plane Crashes

This was originally posted on our Voronoi app. Download the app for free on iOS or Android and discover incredible data-driven charts from a variety of trusted sources. Before flight was even invented, humans have been fascinated by the vast skies above them, and for obvious reasons. There is inherent marvel in defying something as fundamental as gravity; in quite literally, reaching for the stars. And from the early days of military use, the aviation industry is now critical to the movement of goods and people around the world. Nevertheless, there are accidents, and while few and far between, their scale and tragedy tend to leave a big impact on collective psyches. But which airline companies have seen the most number of incidents? Using research published by Executive Flyers on September 19, 2023, we rank global airlines based on the number of their plane crashes.

Which Global Airline Has Had the Most Crashes?

Air France and American Airlines tie for most plane crashes, with 11 each. Notably two of American’s incidents happened on September 11th, 2001, as did two from United Airlines’ seven crashes.
RankAirlineNumber of
plane crashes
1American Airlines11
1Air France11
2China Airlines9
2Korean Air9
3Pakistan International Airlines8
4United Airlines7
5Egyptair6
5Ethiopian Airlines6
5Thai Airways6
6American Eagle5
6Continental Airlines (Read more…)