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.
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.
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 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.
June 5, 2001 |
Falcon Communications Inc.'s president and chief financial officer were killed Sunday in a plane crash in Tennessee. Falcon is a unit of Charter Communications Inc. President Brian Laine Provance, 44, and Chief Financial Officer Lisa Goessling, 38, were killed, along with company pilot Alan Charles England, 47, and engineer William Arthur Jones, 41, the Madison County Sheriff's Department said. Goessling's husband, David William Goessling, 40, the only victim not employed by Falcon, also died.