Delta Flight 191 at Dallas-Fort Worth (1985), TANS Perú Flight 204 in Peru (2005), FedEx Express Flight 80 in Japan (2009), and Eastern Air Lines Flight 66 at New York's JFK, are all examples of aircraft fatalities due to wind shear or micro-bursts during approach.

Have there been any airliner fatalities due to micro-bursts or wind shear on takeoff?

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UPDATE: As a hobby, I have spent my life following aircraft accidents. At the outset of this question, I was unaware and doubted any such occurrences had happened. The answers have certainly been an eye opener and shows the breath of knowledge this group has.

So far:

Canadair C-4 Argonaut three crew and 29 passengers killed
Pan Am Flight 759 all 145 on board and 8 on the ground killed
Spantax CV-990 crash of EC-BNM off Arlanda (1970)
Continental Flight 426, Denver, (1975)
Continental Flight 63, Tucson, (1977)
United Flight 663, Denver, (1984)
(possibly - AeroméxicoFlight 2431) (2018)

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One (of several) incidents that I remember was Pan Am Flight 759. It encountered windshear after takeoff from New Orleans' Moisant Airport July 9, 1982 and crashed, killing all aboard and several on the ground.

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    $\begingroup$ "One (of several) incidents"... what others are there? $\endgroup$
    – jwzumwalt
    Commented Jul 30, 2018 at 7:42
  • $\begingroup$ Cursory googling results in a report by University of Chicago’s Dr. Ted Fujita and Dr. Horace Byers discussing the matter. Takeoff related incidents from that: Continental Airlines Flight 426, Denver, 1975; Continental Airlines Flight 63, Tucson, 1977; United Airlines Flight 663, Denver, 1984. $\endgroup$
    – JBC
    Commented Jul 30, 2018 at 16:35

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