DISASTERS: The Worst Ever

There was a festive air about the 155 passengers as they boarded All Nippon Airways' Flight 58 at Chitose Airport. Most were from the sleepy town of Fuji in central Japan, members of a society of war-bereaved families who had just toured the island of Hokkaido. Half an hour later, cruising at 28,000 ft., the pilot of the Boeing 727 found himself closing in on an F-86 Sabre jet. He had time only to shout a Mayday message before his plane and the jet collided. The airliner disintegrated, showering debris for miles around...