April 2002 Disasters
Updated September 9, 2022 | Infoplease Staff
- April 15, nr. Pusan, South Korea: Air China Boeing 767 en route from Beijing crashed into a forested hillside 5 mi from the airport in Pusan, killing at least 115 people. Miraculously, 39 passengers survived. Heavy winds, rain, and fog were probably a factor in the crash.
- April 28, east-central U.S.: Outbreak of tornadoes caused pockets of devastation from Maryland to Missouri. In southern Maryland a powerful F-5 tornado, with winds ranging over 261 mph, killed 3 people and nearly leveled the town of La Plata. In Missouri, Kentucky, and Illinois, one person was killed in each state.
See also Recent Volcanic Activity