Commercial Air Accidents/Incidents 1989-1998

1989   Damage to United Airlines Flight 811 after the cargo door blew open mid-flight. 9 passengers were ejected through the hole. January 8 – British Midland Flight 92, a Boeing 737, crashes near Kegworth, Leicestershire, United Kingdom, after one of its engines loses a fan blade and fails. Of the 118 passengers and eight…

Faulty Training-American Airlines Flight 587

  Accident Date November 12, 2001 Summary Vertical stabilizer failure due to pilot error as a result of unnecessary rudder inputs Site Belle Harbor, Queens, New York City, New York, United States Aircraft Aircraft type Airbus A300B4-605R Operator American Airlines Registration N14053 Flight origin John F. Kennedy International Airport, New York City, United States Destination…

Pilot Suicide? EgyptAir Flight MS 990

  SU-GAP, the aircraft involved in the accident, taxiing at Düsseldorf Airport in June 1992. Occurrence  Date October 31, 1999 Summary Cause disputed: • Deliberate crash – probable pilot suicide (NTSB) • Mechanical fault in elevator control system (ECAA) Site Atlantic Ocean, 100 km (62 mi) south of Nantucket Aircraft type Boeing 767-366ER Aircraft name Tuthmosis III Operator EgyptAir Registration SU-GAP Flight origin Los Angeles…

Britain at Bay

When Prime Minister Chamberlain’s ultimatum to Germany expired on 3 September 1939, World War II found the home-based Royal Air Force established with a strength of: 55 Bomber Squadrons with Bristol Blenheim IVs Vickers Wellington Is and IAs Armstrong Whitworth Whitley IIIs and IVs Handley Page Hampdens 35 fighter squadrons with   Hawker Hurricanes Supermarine…

Air France 447: Investigation, Search and Recovery

  Surface search Flight 447 was due to pass from Brazilian airspace into Senegalese airspace at approximately 0220 (UTC) on 1 June, and then into Cape Verdean airspace at approximately 0345. Shortly after 0400, when the flight had failed to contact air traffic control in either Senegal or Cape Verde, the controller in Senegal attempted…