September 16, 1991 |
Crews searching farm fields found an airplane part that came off a Continental Express commuter flight before last week's crash near Eagle Lake, Tex., that killed all 14 people aboard. The part, a nine-foot de-icing attachment, is considered a vital clue in the investigation into what caused Flight 2574 to crash while en route from Laredo to Houston. Investigators speculated that the de-icing boot fell off because 43 screws were missing from the leading edge of the plane's stabilizer.
September 14, 1991 |
A commuter airplane that plunged into a cornfield, killing all 14 people aboard, was missing dozens of screws in its tail section after undergoing maintenance the day before the crash, an investigator said Friday. The screws were supposed to hold in place part of the airplane's horizontal stabilizer, a wing that keeps an airplane horizontal in flight.
September 13, 1991 |
It probably was just a coincidence that a protected witness and two drug agents had inquired about reservations for a commuter flight that exploded and crashed 70 miles west of here, federal officials said Thursday. A flurry of speculation was set off by reports that the three persons had nearly taken the flight. But FBI agents later discounted the possible drug connection or the likelihood that a bomb had caused Wednesday's crash, which carried 14 people to their deaths.
September 12, 1991 |
A twin-engine Continental Express commuter plane en route from Laredo to Houston crashed and burned in a cornfield about 60 miles southwest of here Wednesday morning, killing all 14 aboard. Witnesses said they heard an explosion in the sky and the plane appeared to be on fire as it plunged to the ground near the rural town of Eagle Lake, but federal investigators said it was far too early to determine what caused the crash.
June 25, 1991 |
A military jet crashed and burst into flames Monday at Sheppard Air Force Base, killing two crew members, officials said. The Air Force T-38 was on a training mission when it crashed on a runway Monday morning, a spokesman said. The cause had not been determined.
June 9, 1991 |
A U.S. Air Force F-16 jet crashed in a Houston suburb when its engines failed Saturday, but the pilot ejected and parachuted to safety, officials said. The jet crashed in an empty field in League City. The Air Force blamed the crash on engine failure. It was not known what caused the problem.
July 8, 1990 |
A stunt plane flown by a space shuttle commander collided with another plane during a race at an air show Saturday, sending the second craft hurtling into a cornfield and killing its pilot. The victim was identified as Henry W. Jones Jr., a retired fighter pilot from Newport News, Va. The other plane, a single-engine Cassutt flown by astronaut Robert L. (Hoot) Gibson, landed safely at the New Braunfels Municipal Airport, 25 miles northeast of San Antonio.
October 14, 1989
An Air Force pilot was killed and a Marine crewman was injured Friday in the crash of an Air Force photo reconnaissance jet that narrowly missed a house in a rural area of north-central Texas, officials said. Officials at Bergstrom Air Force Base in Austin, where the RF-4C Phantom jet was based, said the pilot of the aircraft, 1st Lt. James M. Poppo Jr., was killed when his parachute apparently failed to open.
September 2, 1989 |
A federal judge, saying the crew was negligent for trying to land during a severe thunderstorm, on Friday absolved the National Weather Service and air traffic controllers of negligence in the 1985 crash of a Delta Air Lines jetliner. In a 72-page opinion, U.S. District Judge David O. Belew Jr. said Delta "failed to prove that the United States of America was guilty of any negligence." In the longest major aviation trial in U.S.