October 11, 1990 |
A series of after-dark crashes of U.S. military aircraft has exposed unanticipated problems in desert navigation, prompting some commanders to question whether pilots are fully prepared for possible night combat, according to military officials. The ability of U.S. pilots to wage war unrestrained by darkness was considered to be one of the United States' signal advantages over Iraqi forces. Most U.S.
September 4, 1990 |
A U.S. Air Force F-16 involved in the buildup in the Persian Gulf crashed Monday during a routine training mission in Saudi Arabia, the Pentagon said. A spokeswoman said the pilot ejected and was unhurt in the accident.
July 12, 1991 |
A DC-8 jetliner carrying Nigerian pilgrims and a mostly Canadian crew crashed in flames Thursday while attempting to make an emergency landing, witnesses said. There were no survivors among at least 261 people on board. Bodies of the pilgrims were scattered across the Saudi desert after the plane nose-dived onto the tarmac and exploded shortly after takeoff, airport officials and the witnesses said. The number of people aboard the plane was in dispute.
August 30, 1991 |
Nationair Canada, owner of an aircraft that crashed July 11 in Saudi Arabia, killing all 261 on board, said the accident was apparently caused by a chain of events started by a flat tire. Nationair President Robert Obadia said that the tire, checked the previous night, was probably punctured by debris as the plane taxied at Jidda's airport. As the plane accelerated for takeoff, friction set the wheel rim ablaze and the fire was carried into the aircraft when the landing gear was retracted.
February 5, 1991 |
The Defense Department on Monday identified seven American servicemen who were killed in two separate air crashes Sunday during Gulf War missions. Three were Air Force officers killed when their B-52 crashed in the Indian Ocean near Diego Garcia when they were returning from a bombing mission. They were Capt. Jeffry Jon Olson, 27, of Grand Forks, N.D.; 1st Lt. Eric D. Hedeen, 27, of Malaga, Wash., and 1st. Lt. Jorge I. Arteaga of Trumbull, Conn. The three other crew members were rescued.
October 9, 1990 |
Ten American servicemen were believed killed in the crashes of three military aircraft Monday in the worst day of casualties in the region since the U.S. military buildup began in Saudi Arabia. Among the missing were eight Camp Pendleton-based Marines whose two Huey helicopters vanished abruptly from radar screens on a night mission over the Arabian Sea.