TIL of the 2003 Congo Air Disaster, when upwards of 200 people were sucked out of the plane to their deaths when the cargo door failed.

Read more: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2003_Congo_air_disaster

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  1. >Survivors claimed that many people had disappeared after the incident, and stated that as many as 200 people, including women and children, were killed in the incident. Ukrainian defence ministry spokesman Konstantin Khyvrenko stated that no one was hurt in the accident, but survivors stated that many were injured by flying baggage and cargo. At least two pregnant women experienced miscarriages resulting from shock. The government only confirmed the deaths of 17 people, while officials estimated that as many as 60 may have been killed and airport officials placed the number of fatalities at 129. Aviation officials and western diplomats in Congo estimated that at least 170 people were killed in the incident. Of the more than 160 passengers in the cargo compartment, only about 40% returned to the airport.

    Estimates for deaths:

    Congolese Government Confirmed: 17

    Officials: ~60

    Airport Officials: 129

    Aviation Officials/Western Diplomats: >=170

    Survivors: up to 200

    Ukrainian defense ministry: 0

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