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Corsican crash 2nd worst in charter flight history

The crash of a Yugoslav charter airlines DC-9 on Corsica that killed 178 people Tuesday was the second worst crash involving a single chartered jet and the 10th worst recorded aviation disaster.

The same Yugoslav airline and type of jet in Tuesday's crash -- an Inex-Adria DC-9 charter -- collided with a British Airways Trident-3 jet over Zagreb, Yugoslavia, killing 176 in 1976 in the worst in-air collision in history.

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-In the worst disaster in aviation history, 582 died March 27, 1977, when a KLM Boeing 747 taking off crashed into a taxiing chartered Pan-Am 747 at Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain.

-In the worst single-plane disaster, 346 died March 3, 1974, when a Turkish DC-10 jet crashed at Ermenonville near Paris.

-In the worst air disaster in U.S. history, 275 died -- including three men on the ground -- May 25, 1979, when an American Airlines DC-10 jetliner crashed after takeoff at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport.

-In the worst single chartered plane disaster, 191 died Dec. 4, 1974, when a chartered Dutch airliner carrying Indonesian Moslems to Mecca crashed at the Colombo, Sri Lanka, airport.

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