May 9, 1998 |
Severe hail cracked the windshield and destroyed the on-board radar of an Atlanta-to-Chicago AirTran jetliner Thursday night, but its Vietnam veteran pilot guided the plane to a landing at Chattanooga with the help of air traffic controllers. Finding it difficult to see and with key instruments out, Capt. James Benton West managed to descend and land the DC-9 without further incident. "I love my wife," West told WTVC-TV. "I'm going to see her again. I wasn't going to end like this.
July 18, 1997 |
Three passengers and a flight attendant were injured when they were tossed around the plane as a flight from Las Vegas hit turbulence Thursday night. Southwest Airlines Flight 1497 hit some turbulence about 350 miles from the Nashville airport, where it landed at 7:55 p.m., officials said. Three people were treated and transported to a local hospital by airport emergency medical personnel, Metropolitan International Airport Authority spokeswoman Deann Bradford said.
April 13, 1996 |
An F-14 pilot was apparently showing off for his parents when his fighter jet crashed on takeoff Jan. 29, killing him and four other people, the Navy said Friday. Lt. Cmdr. John Stacy Bates, 33, became disoriented after a rapid, steep takeoff from Nashville's airport into a cloudy sky, said Rear Adm. Bernard Smith, who presented the results of a 2 1/2-month review. Bates' crew mate and three people on the ground died along with the pilot in the fiery crash.
January 30, 1996 |
A Navy F-14 fighter jet heavy with fuel for a trip to San Diego crashed in a huge fireball in a neighborhood Monday, demolishing three houses and killing five people. Three of the dead were in a house that took a direct hit from the Tomcat. The plane's two-member crew also died. The jet exploded as it hit the ground in the middle-class neighborhood, setting houses on fire and sending terrified residents into the streets.
April 2, 1993 |
In the mid-1980s, Alan Kulwicki left Wisconsin with a pickup truck and memories, prepared to match wits, if not dollars, in the major leagues of stock car racing. He beat them at their game, earned $5 million over eight seasons and, in 1992, won the Winston Cup championship and its $1-million prize.
February 4, 1988
A toxic chemical stored improperly aboard an American Airlines jet heated up the floor and spread fumes through the cabin, injuring at least 12 people, an airline spokeswoman said. The 119 passengers on the Dallas-to-Nashville flight evacuated the MD-80 jet by emergency chutes upon landing, said American spokeswoman Susan Robbins. Twelve people were treated for smoke inhalation, and four were admitted, two in serious condition, to a Nashville hospital. Robbins did not identify the chemical.