Date: March 03, 1974
Location: Near Ermenonville, France
Aircraft: McDonnell Douglas DC-10-10
Airline: Turkish Airlines
Flight No: 981
Fatalities: 346 : 346

Not many pieces of wreckage larger than 3 feet long could be found after a Turkish Airlines DC-10 crashed into a forest at a high rate of speed at Ermenonville, France. A defective latching mechanism on the cargo door caused it to fail in flight resulting in decompression and loss of all hydraulic control.