This page is a complete list of all Boeing 737 write-offs. It should be said that there have been other accidents with more serious damage than some of these listed here, but if the aircraft was repaired they do not appear. Similarly some less serious accidents have resulted in a write-off because the operator could not, or did not, wish to pay for a repair. This is particularly true of 737-2/3/4/500's in recent years. For non-write-off accidents click here.
For a full analysis of 737 Classic MLG failures on landing please follow this link.
*** Updated 23 Nov 2020 ***
A quick look at the main cause of the accidents shows the following results:
There have been 181 737 hull-losses, including 5 hijackings/bombings/missile attacks and 7 ground accidents. This may sound high but remember that over 10,000 737's have been built since 1967. This gives a 2.3% accident rate or approx 3 per year or one every 2.5 million flight hours. Furthermore, over 40% of occupants survive fatal 737 accidents.
The table below shows that more accidents have befallen the older aircraft. This is to be expected because they have amassed more flying hours / cycles and later generations have 50 years of design and technology improvements built in to them. A fairer comparison across the generations would be rate per flying hours or cycles but I do not have the data for this.
Details have been compiled from a variety of sources ie Aviation journals, books, news reports, internet sites (particularly AvHerald and the Aviation Safety Network) and of course the official accident reports, some of which is contradictory. Any additional information about any of these incidents would be gratefully received.
The Complete Boeing 737 Write-off Listing
19 Jan 2021 - 737-400F, PK-CLC, G-JMCY, 25114/2666, (age 26 Years), West Atlantic, Exeter, UK
Heavy landing at Exeter.
09 Jan 2021 - 737-500, PK-CLC, 27323/2616, FF 13/5/1994 (age 27 Years), Sriwijaya Air, Jakarta, Indonesia
The aircraft took-off and climbed to 11,000ft before crashing into the Java Sea 5 minutes after take off. The preliminary report has found a thrust assymetry in the climb and the A/T was checked the previous day after have been reported defective twice.
All 62 POB died.
07 Aug 2020 - 737-800, VT-AXH, 36323/2108, age 13.7 years, Air India Express, Kozhikode, India
Approach made in rain and a tailwind. Aircraft landed long and overran runway fall down in a valley and broke down in two pieces. 18 fatalities.
05 Feb 2020 - 737-800, TC-IZK, 37742/2796, FF 23 Jan 2009, Pegasus Airlines, Istanbul, Turkey
Approach made in thunderstorm and strong tailwind. Aircraft landed long and overran runway crashing into perimeter wall and falling down an embankment breaking into three pieces. 183 PoB, 3 fatalities.
08 Jan 2020 - 737-800, UR-PSR, 38124/5977, FF 21/6/2016, Ukraine International Airlines, Tehran, Iran
Aircraft crashed 6 minutes after take-off after being shot down in error by an Iranian SAM. All 176 on board died.
21 Nov 2019 - 737-800, TC-JGZ, 35739/2654, FF 6/2008, Turkish Airlines, Odessa, Ukraine
The Captain (6,094 hours total, 5,608 hours on type) was PF whilst landing in crosswinds onto Runway 16. Wind 090/22G30Kt, V030/090. The crew went around from their first approach due to the approach being unstable and held waiting for the weather conditions to improve.
On the second approach the aircraft landed pointing 6 degrees to the left of the runway QDM and veered to the left after touchdown. At 130kts, the PF applied right rudder pedal and nose wheel steering input to turn the nose wheel 78 degrees right causing it to skid and the tyres to fail. The aircraft skidded off the side of the runway and the nose gear collapsed. The aircraft was evacuated. None of the passengers or crew members was injured but the aircraft was written off.
03 May 2019 – 737-800, N732MA, 30618/830, FF 12/4/2001, Miami Air, Jacksonville, FL
Aircraft overran when landing at Jacksonville NAS, FL in a thunderstorm. It came to rest in shallow water in St. John's River approximately 380m (1250 feet) past the end of the runway. The aircraft was partially submerged. No fatalities but 22 people were taken to hospital with minor injuries.
10 Mar 2019 – 737 MAX-8, ET-AVJ, 62450/7243, FF 30/10/18, Ethiopian Airlines, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia