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In the Event of an Emergency Landing: Deadliest Plane Crashes Quiz
by Staff
Despite more people flying today than 70 years ago, there are 1.33 deaths for every 100,000 hours that commercial planes are in the air. That's way down from flying during the golden age, though. Here are some of the deadliest flight disasters ever.

When was the first plane crash?

  • 1908
  • 1917
  • 1918

Which flight was involved in the worst airplane disaster, regarding number of deaths, in aviation history?

  • Malaysia Airlines Flight MH 17
  • Japanese Airlines Flight 123
  • Pan Am Flight 1736 and KLM Flight 4805

Which is the deadliest plane disaster on U.S. soil?

  • American Airlines Flight 191
  • Delta Air Lines Flight 191
  • Pan Am Flight 759

How long did it take to find the wreckage of an Avro 618 Ten crash, the first significant plane crash in Australia?

  • 27 days
  • 27 weeks
  • 27 years

When was the first in-flight fire to occur on a commercial plane?

  • 1906
  • 1916
  • 1926

What cryptic message did a British South American Airways Avro Lancastrian named "Stardust" send before it disappeared over the Andes?

  • "Hang on. What the heck is this?"
  • "STENDEC"
  • "That's weird with no lights."

Who was the first person to die in a plane crash?

  • Orville Wright
  • Wilbur Wright
  • Thomas Selfridge

What collided with American Airlines Flight 28, causing it to crash in Chino Canyon near Palm Springs?

  • a meteor
  • a Buk missile
  • U.S. Air Force B-34 Lexington bomber

Which is NOT a conspiracy theory about why Malaysia Air Flight MH370 crashed in 2014?

  • fire in the cockpit
  • shot down by U.S. military
  • supernatural sources (such as aliens or a wormhole)
  • taken by Russian special operations
  • They all are conspiracy theories.

Which flight caused the industry to begin preflight demonstrations for a water landing?

  • Aloha Flight 243
  • Air Canada 797
  • Pan Am Flight 526A

Where did the Zeppelin Hindenburg crash when trying to land at Naval Air Engineering Station?

  • the 14th Street Bridge in Washington
  • near the top of Sweeney Ridge in San Bruno, California
  • Lakehurst, New Jersey

Who was killed "the day the music died"?

  • Buddy Holly, Big Bopper and Ritchie Valens
  • Buddy Holly, Elvis Presley and Ritchie Valens
  • Buddy Holly, Howlin' Wolf and Ronnie Van Zant

True or false: When evacuating a plane crash, you should bring your overhead luggage and all personal belongings.

  • true
  • false

What seats are usually the safest place to sit on a commercial flight?

  • first row in first class
  • exit row
  • back of the plane

True or false: Most crashes happen during the first three minutes and last eight minutes of a flight.

  • true
  • false

If a plane explodes while flying at 35,000 feet (11,000 meters), about how long will it take for a person to hit the ground?

  • one minute
  • three minutes
  • 10 minutes

What's the best position you can be in if you fall to the earth from a midair plane crash?

  • head first, like a dive
  • arms and legs stretched out, with your face down
  • tucked into a tight ball

Sitting how many rows, on average, away from any exit row gives you better odds of escaping a plane on fire?

  • one row
  • five rows
  • 15 rows

How fast are flight crews trained to evacuate a plane?

  • within 50 seconds
  • within 60 seconds
  • within 95 seconds

What can you do in-flight to increase your odds of surviving a crash?

  • Keep your seat belt fastened anytime you're in your seat, regardless of the seat belt sign, and memorize where the nearest emergency exist is.
  • Learn or refresh your safety skills (e.g., pay attention to the crew's safety demonstration, and read the safety briefing card).
  • all of the above

Can an airplane's landing gear be lowered even if the plane loses power?

  • Yes, it can be.
  • No, it can't be.

Who investigates aviation accident reports when planes crash in the United States?

  • Civil Air Patrol
  • Federal Safety and Health Council
  • National Transportation Safety Board

Did the survivors of the 1972 Flight 571 disaster eat their fellow passengers to stay alive during the 72 days they waited for rescue in the Andes?

  • Yes, it's a true story.
  • No, that's not the real story.

Which is the deadliest plane crash for people on the ground?

  • 1996 Air Africa crash
  • 2007 Africa One crash
  • 2012 Allied Air crash

How long was Japan Airlines Flight 123 in the air before the rear bulkhead failed, damaging the rudder and the aircraft's hydraulic systems?

  • three minutes
  • eight minutes
  • 12 minutes

When was the first crash where a flight recorder was used in the crash investigation?

  • 1950
  • 1960
  • 1970

How many people were killed when Japanese Airlines Flight 123 crashed in Mount Osutaka shortly after takeoff?

  • 52
  • 520
  • 1520

Between 1945 and today, which country has the highest number of fatal commercial aircraft accidents?

  • Brazil
  • Russia
  • United States

Where did the worst midair collision in aviation history take place?

  • over Charkhi Dadri in Haryana, India
  • over the Atlantic Ocean
  • off Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia

In 1974, when a Turkish Airlines DC-10 crashed after taking off from Paris because its cargo door had blown off, was it faulty aircraft design or sabotage?

  • faulty equipment
  • sabotage
  • neither