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Aviation History

A look back at aviation events that occurred on today’s date.

  • A Learjet 60 crashed near West Columbia, South Carolina. Travis Barker and DJ AM survived while four others died. - 19th September 2008
  • While performing routine maintenance in a LGM-25C Titan II silo at Damascus, Arkansas, a repairman dropped a heavy socket wrench, which rolled off of a work platform, bounced, and struck the missile, 62-0006, holing a pressurized fuel tank. The launch complex was evacuated and a specialist team called in from Little Rock Air Force Base. Approximately 8½ hours after the initial puncture, fuel vapours exploded, fatally injuring one team member and injuring 21 others. The missile re-entry vehicle, which contained a nuclear warhead, was recovered intact. There was no radioactive contamination. - 19th September 1980
  • UTA Flight 772, a McDonnell Douglas DC-10, explodes in mid-air over the Sahara desert when a bomb hidden in its forward cargo hold detonates. All 170 people on board are killed. Responsibility for the bombing is later traced back to Abdullah Sanussi, the brother-in-law of Libyan leader Muammar al-Gaddafi, whose government in 2003 agrees to pay compensation to the victims. - 19th September 1989
  • The first Thor Ballistic Missile (IRBM) was handed over to No. 77 Sqn, Bomber Command at RAF Feltwell. The first RAF-controlled launch of Thor took place at Vandenberg Air Base, USA, on 16 April 1959. - 19th September 1958
  • Maltese airline Efly commences operations. - 19th September 2009
  • An United States Army Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk crashed at Joint Base Balad, (formerly Al-Bakr Air Base), Balad, Iraq. The accident occurred during a storm including high winds and a sandstorm resulting in 12 crew injured and 1 fatality. - 19th September 2009
  • Using UH-1Bs borrowed from the U. S. Army, the U. S. Navy’s first attack helicopter unit begins operations, supporting U. S. Navy riverine forces operating in South Vietnam’s Mekong Delta. - 19th September 1966
  • Lockheed C-130A Hercules 56-0526, c/n 3134, of the 314th Troop Carrier Wing, has a mid-air collision with a French Armee de l'Air Dassault Super Mystere over France. - 19th September 1958
  • First flight of the Mil Mi-24, the most widely exported helicopter gunship. - 19th September 1969
  • A U.S. Navy Grumman A-6A Intruder, BuNo 155721, 'NJ', of VA-128, out of NAS Whidbey Island, Washington, crashes in the Oregon desert, ~25 miles SE of Christmas Valley, Oregon, during a low level night training mission. The pilot Lt. Alan G. Koehler, 27, and navigator Lt. Cdr. Philip D. duHamel, 33, are KWF. On 14 June 2007, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) officially declares the crash scene a historic Federal government site at a Flag Day ceremony. An interpretive plaques was unveiled during this event reflecting this designation and depicting the historical significance of the location. - 19th September 1973
  • A U. S. Navy F-8 C Crusader fighter of Fighter Squadron 111 (VF-111) shoots down a North Vietnamese MiG fighter. It is believed to be the last American air-to-air victory in the Vietnam War until March 1970. - 19th September 1968
  • Kish Air hijacking was the hijacking of an Iranian plane by a flight attendant Reza Jabari. Flying from Tehran to the Iranian resort Kish Island, Kish Air Flight 707 was hijacked by Reza Jabari, a flight attendant. The jet had 174 passengers on board. The hijacker tried to divert the aircraft to Europe, but there was not enough fuel. Instead, the plane landed in Israel after Jordan and Saudi Arabia refused its request to land. The plane was directed to the Ovda military air base near Eilat. The passengers were flown home 24 hours later. - 19th September 1995
  • Israel launches its first satellite, for secret military reconnaissance. - 19th September 1988
  • Turkish Airlines Flight 452, a Boeing 727, crashes into a hillside near Karatepe, Turkey, while on approach to Antalya Airport; all 154 passengers and crew die. - 19th September 1976
  • First flight of the Aero Spacelines Pregnant Guppy - 19th September 1962

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