December 1, 1988 |
A federal panel looking into the takeoff crash of a Delta Air Lines jetliner here Aug. 31 heard highly technical testimony Wednesday that reinforced evidence that the pilots failed to deploy the plane's wing flaps properly. The testimony, from a variety of aviation experts, indicated that: --A mechanism that locks wing tip aileron controls on a Boeing 727 was found in the "flaps retracted" position after the crash.
November 30, 1988 |
The pilot and co-pilot of a Delta Air Lines jetliner that crashed on takeoff here Aug. 31 both testified Tuesday that the plane's wing flaps were deployed properly despite growing evidence to the contrary. Capt. Larry L. Davis and First Officer Carey W. Kirkland Jr.
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November 16, 1988 |
The Air Force has inspected more than two-thirds of its B-1B bombers since a crash destroyed one of them in Texas last week, officials said Tuesday. Lt. Col. George H. Peck of the Strategic Air Command said that 63 of the 85 long-range bombers on SAC bases had been inspected as of Tuesday, and no problems had been found. On Nov. 8, a B-1B crashed and burned in a field near Dyess Air Force Base. The Air Force has refused to speculate on the cause of the accident.
November 11, 1988 |
The Air Force returned nearly one-third of its B-1B bomber fleet to flight status Thursday after conducting safety inspections spurred by a crash earlier in the week. Air Force officials declined to predict when they would complete the one-time inspections for the remaining B-1Bs, but said the checkups were going smoothly. As of Thursday afternoon, 32 of the 98 long-range bombers had been returned to flying status after being grounded on Wednesday.
November 10, 1988 |
The Air Force on Wednesday grounded the nation's fleet of B-1B long-range bombers for a precautionary safety inspection after a crash of one of the new planes in Texas. The Strategic Air Command, which is responsible for land-based nuclear bomber and missile forces, said the order to suspend flying was a "normal precaution" in the wake of a major accident.
November 9, 1988 |
A B-1B bomber crashed Tuesday on a training flight near Dyess Air Force Base in West Texas, the Air Force announced. The accident destroyed the $280-million plane but the four crewmen parachuted to safety. The bomber, which witnesses said trailed smoke and flames as it plummeted toward the ground, crashed at 3:23 p.m., about four miles north of Abilene, Tex. The four airmen were reported in good condition at a base hospital Tuesday night.
October 21, 1988 |
The Federal Aviation Administration, after finding several takeoff alarm systems not working properly, on Thursday ordered the warning devices tested on nearly 1,800 Boeing 727 and Boeing 737 jetliners. The action, prompted in part by two fatal airline crashes, requires the tests to be conducted within 200 flight hours and repeated every 200 flight hours to make certain that pilots are warned if their planes are not properly configured to take off.
October 9, 1988 |
A pilot died when his vintage twin-engine airplane crashed Saturday during an air show sponsored by the Confederate Air Force, one of the world's largest collections of World War II and earlier aircraft.