Bijlmerramp – The biggest air tragedy in the history of the Netherlands in Amsterdam


On 4 October 1992, a Boeing 747 cargo aircraft of the then state-owned Israeli airline El Al, crashed into the Groeneveen and Klein-Kruitberg flats in the Bijlmermeer neighborhood of Amsterdam.

A memorial, designed by architects Herman Hertzberger and Georges Descombes, was built near the crash site with the names of the victims.

El Al Flight 1862 , travelling from John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York to Ben Gurion International Airport in Israel, made a stopover at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport.

In all, 43 people were officially reported as killed (39 people on the ground), and about 30 people were injured. The crash is the deadliest aviation disaster to occur in the Netherlands.

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