On this day: the deadliest air show disaster in history.

The worst air show disaster in history occurred in Lviv, Ukraine on the 27th of July, 2002.

The Sknyliv disaster happened at an event attended by more than 10000 people. 77 people were killed, and 543 injured. It was later said the pilots were given an incorrect flight map that showed the spectators in a different location to where they actually were.

OTD in 2002, the #Sknyliv airshow disaster occurred near Lviv. A Su-27 crashed into the crowd killing 77 incl 23 children. 543 were injured. Ukraine...

OTD in 2002, the #Sknyliv airshow disaster occurred near Lviv. A Su-27 crashed into the crowd killing 77 incl 23 children. 543 were injured. Ukraine.

OTD in 2002, the #Sknyliv airshow disaster occurred near Lviv. A Su-27 crashed into the crowd killing 77 incl 23 children. 543 were injured. Ukraine..

OTD in 2002, the #Sknyliv airshow disaster occurred near Lviv. A Su-27 crashed into the crowd killing 77 incl 23 children. 543 were injured.

On this day: the downing of Aerolinee Itavia Flight 870

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The recovered wreckage in 2007. X

On the 27th of June, 1980, Aerolinee Itavia Flight 870 disappeared from the sky during a flight from Bologna to Palermo, Italy.

The plane crashed into the Tyrrhenian Sea, killing all eighty-one people on board.

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While it was concluded by British investigators that a bomb on the aircraft caused the disaster, to this day Italian officials insist a missile was fired at the plane.

The disaster occurred in the middle of a wave of terrorist acts to hit Italy (such as the Bologna Bombing), fuelled by far left and right-wing groups in the country’s north.

On this day: the plane crash that killed an entire sporting team

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Found in the wreckage X

On the 15th of February, 1961 the plane transporting the entire US figure skating team to the World Championships crashed in Belgium, killing everyone on board.

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Two days earlier, national ladies’ champion Laurence Owen, aged sixteen, had been featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated. There is a common myth that appearing on the cover of the magazine curses athletes, as she is not the only person to have something terrible happen soon afterwards.

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The Owen family. X

Owen’s sister Maribel, also a member of the team, and her mother, a coach and former champion herself, were also on the flight.

In addition to the seventy-two people on the plane, a farmer was also killed by flying debris.

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The team boards the plane the day before the crash. X

Once news of the crash got out, the Championships, scheduled to be held in Prague, were cancelled to honour the victims.

On this day: Planes collide in Illinois

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On the 19th of November, 1996, two planes collided on the runway at Quincy, Illinois in the United States. Everyone on both planes died in the resulting fire and explosion.

The incident occurred when United Express Flight 5925 came in to land at the same time a King Air plane took off on an intersecting runway.

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Inadequate rescue and firefighting equipment meant that while some people on the ground came to the aid of the passengers and crew, they could not get anybody out in time.

On this day: the Munich Air Disaster in 1958

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The aftermath of the crash.

On the 6th of February, 1958, a British European Airways aeroplane crashed at Munich Airport on its third attempt at take-off.

On board flight 609 were forty-four people. Twenty were killed at the scene of the crash, while three more later died in hospital.

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Shortly before take-off.

The crash is famous because eight of the people killed were Manchester United players, but I have to say it doesn’t thrill me that playing football apparently makes your life worth more than somebody else’s.

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The plane burning on the runway.

The cause of the crash was eventually blamed on slush on the runway. It was not until ten years after the crash that the Captain was cleared of playing a part in the disaster.