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…

Hand Flying Skill Absent, Automation Inexperience: Air France Flight 447

Air France Flight 447 was a scheduled passenger international flight from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Paris, France, which crashed on 1 June 2009. The Airbus A330, operated by Air France, stalled and did not recover, eventually crashing into the Atlantic Ocean at 0214 UTC, killing all 228 passengers, aircrew and cabin crew on board…

Airspace Violation: Korean Air Lines Flight 007

Korean Air Lines Flight 007 was a scheduled Korean Air Lines flight from New York City to Seoul via Anchorage, Alaska. On 1 September 1983, the South Korean airliner serving the flight was shot down by a Soviet Su-15 interceptor. The Boeing 747 airliner was en-route from Anchorage to Seoul but deviated from its original…

Complacency; Human Factors; Uncontrollable Fire- Pakistan International Airlines Flight Pk 705, Pk 268 and Pk 740

Pk 705, 19/5/1965; AP-AMH, B720-047B: Times are UTC Pk 705 departed  Karachi at 1800 on May 19 for Dhahran, and from there to Cairo at 2122. Approaching Cairo at 2340, the aircraft was cleared for a left-hand circuit to Runway 34. The crew reported turning final at 2345 but the aircraft kept descending and struck the…