Imagine you are a passenger, flying at 15,000 feet, waiting to arrive at your destination. You look out the window and see the 6am sunlight above the clouds. Suddenly another plane is coming at high speed towards the plane you’re flying in, and you have no power to do anything about it.

This is the story of the Charkhi Dadri crash, the deadliest mid-air collision. On 12 November 1996, Saudia Flight 763 using a Boeing 747 collided with an Ilyushin Il-76 operating Kazakhstan Airlines Flight 1907. All 346 people on board the two aircraft died tragically. It was eventually concluded that the captain of the Ilyushin Il-76 aircraft was to blame for flying at a lower altitude than indicated by the air traffic controller.

This was the deadliest collision of two aircraft in the air, but not the deadliest collision ever, as in March 1977, 583 people lost their lives when two Boeing 747s collided on the runway at Tenerife airport. This was the Tenerife Airport disaster, the deadliest airplane accident ever.

In the picture above-The Tenerife Airport disaster

The worst plane crashes are the ones with the most fatalities, that’s why I leave you here a top 10 of the deadliest plane crashes: