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Timeline - Recent major plane crashes

(Reuters) - An Air India Express passenger plane from Dubai crashed outside an airport in southern India on Saturday, killing at least 160 people. There were reports of some survivors.

Here are some details of major plane crashes in the last three years:

January 1, 2007 - Indonesian Boeing 737-400 operated by budget carrier Adam Air disappeared from radar screens during flight from Java to Sulawesi islands. Wreckage located at sea 10 days later. All 102 passengers and crew killed.

May 5 - All 114 people on board Kenya Airways Boeing 737 died when plane crashed in torrential rain after takeoff from Douala in Cameroon, bound for Nairobi.

July 17 - Brazilian TAM passenger plane crashed into buildings when trying to land in Sao Paulo, killing 199 people aboard and on the ground.

September 16 - One-Two-Go, a budget Thai airliner carrying 123 passengers and several crew, crashed on landing at resort island of Phuket. At least 85 of the 123 passengers were killed and five of seven crew.

August 20, 2008 - Spanair MD-82, flying to Canary Islands with 166 passengers and six crew, crashed on takeoff at Madrid airport, killing 154 people. Remaining 18 seriously injured.

August 24 - Boeing 737-200 belonging to private Kyrgyz company Itek-Air, chartered by Iranian company and bound for Iran, crashed at Bishkek airport. Around 70 people died, including members of local teenage basketball team.

May 20, 2009 - Indonesian C130 military transport plane carrying 110 passengers and crew crashed and burst into flames 6.5 km (4 miles) from Iswahyudi air force base in East Java while preparing to land, killing 98 people, including two on the ground.

June 1 - Air France Airbus A330-200 jetliner carrying 228 people crashed over Atlantic. Fifty-one bodies and 600 pieces of wreckage were recovered before search for survivors was called off on June 26.

June 30 - Yemen Airways aircraft carrying 153 people crashed in sea off Indian Ocean archipelago of Comoros. A Franco-Comoran girl was rescued alive from sea. Twenty-four corpses were pulled from waters before search for more bodies was called off.

July 15 - Caspian Airlines aircraft, carrying 153 passengers and 16 crew travelling from Tehran to Yerevan in Armenia, crashed near city of Qazvin, killing all aboard.

January 25, 2010 - Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737-800 crashed minutes after taking off from Beirut airport in stormy weather, plunging in ball of fire into sea. All 90 passengers and crew killed.

April 10 - Ninety-six people aboard Polish President Lech Kaczynski’s official Tupolev Tu-154 plane were killed in crash near Smolensk airport in western Russia. Plane was carrying Kaczynski, his wife Maria and large number of senior officials.

May 12 - An Afriqiyah Airways A330-200 Airbus crashed in Libya, killing 103 people as it tried to land at Tripoli airport after a flight from South Africa. One Dutch boy survived, Libyan officials said.

May 22 - An Air India Express passenger plane from Dubai crashed on landing at an airport in southern India, killing at least 160 people. Media reports said there were up to six survivors.

Writing by David Cutler, London Editorial Reference Unit; Editing by Mark Heinrich

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