List of disasters in Antarctica by death toll

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The following is a list of all known disasters in Antarctica which have resulted in fatalities. It includes disasters which happened on land, as well as in the waters surrounding the continent.

Year Type Fatalities Article Location Comments
1819 AccidentShipwreck 644 San Telmo[1] Drake Passage, Southern Ocean
1979 AccidentAircraft 257 Air New Zealand Flight 901[2] Mount Erebus, Ross Island, Antarctica
2010 AccidentShipwreck 22 South Korean trawler Insung [3] Ross Sea, near the McMurdo Station 5 confirmed dead, 17 missing and presumed dead[4]
1976 AccidentAircraft 11 1976 Livingston Island plane crash[5] Livingston Island, Antarctica
1985 AccidentAircraft 10 1985 Nelson Island plane crash[6] Nelson Island, Antarctica
1823 AccidentShipwreck 7 Schooner Jenny[7] Drake Passage, Southern Ocean Most likely a legend
1958 AccidentAircraft 7 1958 Cape Hallett Bay plane crash[8] Cape Hallett Bay, Antarctica 6 survivors
1966 AccidentAircraft 6 1966 Ross Ice Shelf plane crash[9] Ross Ice Shelf, Antarctica
1986 AccidentAircraft 6 1986 Philippi Glacier plane crash[10] Philippi Glacier, Antarctica
1961 AccidentAircraft 5 1961 Wilkes Station plane crash[11] Wilkes Station, Antarctica
1956 AccidentAircraft 4 1956 McMurdo Station plane crash[12] McMurdo Station, Antarctica 4 survivors
1994 AccidentAircraft 4 1994 Rothera Research Station plane crash[13] near the Rothera Research Station, Antarctica
2010 AccidentAircraft 4 2010 Terre Adélie helicopter crash[14] near the Dumont d'Urville Station, Terre Adélie, Antarctica
1958 AccidentAircraft 3 1958 Marguerite Bay plane crash[15] Marguerite Bay, Antarctica 4 survivors
1989 AccidentAircraft 3 1989 Mirny Station plane crash[16] Mirny Station, Antarctica
1999 AccidentAircraft 3 1999 Terre Adélie helicopter crash[17] near the Dumont d'Urville Station, Terre Adélie, Antarctica
2013 AccidentAircraft 3 2013 Mount Elizabeth plane crash[18] Mount Elizabeth, Antarctica
2012 AccidentShipwreck 3 Jeong Woo 2 (South Korean fishing vessel)[19] Ross Sea, near the McMurdo Station 3 missing were presumed dead, 7 burn injuries, 2 serious
1946 AccidentAircraft 3 1946 Antarctica PBM Mariner crash[20] Thurston Island, Antarctica
1929 AccidentAircraft 2 1929 whaler scouting flight crash[21][22] west of Scott Island, Antarctica
1948 AccidentFire (building) 2 1948 Esperanza Base fire[23] Esperanza Base, Graham Land, Antarctica 1 survivor
1959 AccidentAircraft 2 1959 Marble Point plane crash[24] Marble Point, Antarctica 3 survivors
1969 AccidentAircraft 2 1969 Mount McLennan helicopter crash[25] Taylor Valley, Antarctica 6 survivors
1987 AccidentAircraft 2 1987 D-59 plane crash[26][27] 1390 km northwest of McMurdo Sound, Antarctica 11 survivors
2008 AccidentAircraft 2 2008 Neumayer-Station III helicopter crash[28] near Neumayer-Station III, Antarctica 3 survivors
2012 AccidentFire (building) 2 2012 Comandante Ferraz Antarctic Station fire[29] Comandante Ferraz Antarctic Base, Antarctica 1 minor burn injury
2008 AccidentFire (building) 1 2008 Progress Station fire[30] Progress Station, Antarctica 2 serious burn injuries
2016 Accident - Snowmobile 1 2016 McMurdo Shear Zone Accident[31] McMurdo Shear Zone, Antarctica

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "San Telmo". Wreck Site. Retrieved January 22, 2015. 
  2. ^ "The Story of Flight 901". The Erebus Story. Retrieved January 22, 2015. 
  3. ^ "22 fishermen feared dead after South Korean vessel sinks in icy Antarctic Ocean waters". Daily Mail. December 13, 2010. Retrieved January 22, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Five dead, 17 missing after Korean fishing vessel, No.1 In Sung, sinks in Southern Ocean". The Old Salt Blog. December 13, 2010. Retrieved January 22, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Accident Description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 27 August 2016. 
  6. ^ "Accident Description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 27 August 2016. 
  7. ^ Rogers, SA. "Real Ghost Ships: 10 Mysterious Abandoned Sea Vessels". Web Urbanist. Retrieved 27 August 2016. 
  8. ^ "Accident Description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 27 August 2016. 
  9. ^ "Accident Description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 27 August 2016. 
  10. ^ "Accident Description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 27 August 2016. 
  11. ^ "ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 170385". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 27 August 2016. 
  12. ^ "ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 154757". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 27 August 2016. 
  13. ^ "Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 27 August 2016. 
  14. ^ "ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 78943". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 27 August 2016. 
  15. ^ "ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 172659". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 27 August 2016. 
  16. ^ "Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 27 August 2016. 
  17. ^ Butler, Declan. "Fatal helicopter crash at French Antarctic research base". Nature.com. Retrieved 27 August 2016. 
  18. ^ "Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 27 August 2016. 
  19. ^ "Fire aboard ship off Antarctica kills three fishermen". The Guardian. Retrieved 27 August 2016. 
  20. ^ "ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 179701". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 27 August 2016. 
  21. ^ "ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 34225". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 27 August 2016. 
  22. ^ "Whaling fliers lost in Antarctic Sea". New York Times. Retrieved 1 February 2017. 
  23. ^ "Antarctica Fire History". CoolAntarctica.com. Retrieved 27 August 2016. 
  24. ^ "Accident Description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 27 August 2016. 
  25. ^ "Thomas E. Berg". southpolestation.com. Retrieved 1 February 2017. 
  26. ^ "Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 27 August 2016. 
  27. ^ "Two killed in airplane crash in East Antarctica". southpolestation.com. Retrieved 1 February 2017. 
  28. ^ "ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 15183". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 27 August 2016. 
  29. ^ Brocchetto, Marilia. "Fire at Antarctica station kills 2 Brazilian sailors". CNN. Retrieved 27 August 2016. 
  30. ^ Valery, Lukin. "One dead in fire at Progress Station". Adventure Antarctica. Retrieved 27 August 2016. 
  31. ^ Kaplan, Sarah. "Climate scientist Gordon Hamilton, 50, dies in accident in Antarctica". The Washington Post. Retrieved 20 December 2016. 

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