June 20, 1989
A struggle between the co-pilot and an armed security guard caused an Afghan airliner to crash in eastern Iran with the loss of six lives, Tehran Radio said. The broadcast quoted Deputy Prime Minister Alireza Moayyeri as denying earlier Iranian and Afghan reports that the plane was hijacked and forced to Iran. Moayyeri, heading an official investigation into Sunday's crash outside the city of Zabol near the southern Afghan border, said that the Ariana Afghan Airlines turboprop plane was carrying 39 people and that 33 survived.
June 22, 2008 |
The Navy's newest attack submarine, the New Hampshire, was christened in Groton by the widow of a pilot killed in the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. "I believe I'm looking at heroes," Cheryl McGuinness of Portsmouth, N.H., told its crew. "You all are my heroes." Thomas McGuinness was co-pilot of American Airlines Flight 11, which was flown into the World Trade Center's north tower. The 7,800-ton, 337-foot nuclear-powered submarine will have a crew of 134.
January 5, 2008 |
A plane crashed into the sea off Venezuela with 14 people on board, including eight Italians and a Swiss citizen. There was no immediate report on casualties. Search teams fanned out by air and sea to look for the twin-engine plane, which left Simon Bolivar International Airport near Caracas and hit the sea about 24 miles from Los Roques islands, said Gen. Antonio Rivero, Venezuela's emergency management director. Rivero said the five Venezuelans aboard included the pilot and co-pilot.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 12, 2009 |
A FedEx cargo plane on its way from Phoenix to Long Beach landed safely at Los Angeles International Airport on Thursday after a piece of the aircraft fell to the ground after takeoff, authorities said. Ian Gregor, a Federal Aviation Administration spokesman, said the twin-engine Airbus 306 with a pilot and co-pilot aboard landed about 5:30 p.m. after being diverted from Long Beach Airport. An inspection found that an air conditioning access panel had fallen off the plane, Gregor said.
April 24, 1989 |
Four colorful balloons rose into the desert sky at dawn Sunday in a belated start of the Gordon Bennett distance race in hopes that high-altitude wind currents will carry them into the Midwest. About 3,000 people watched as the first helium balloon, the bright yellow Rosie O'Grady, floated up from Ruth Hardy Park at 6:45 a.m., about 10 hours after gusty winds forced officials to scrub Saturday night's scheduled departure. The other three balloons took off over the next hour.
April 13, 1989 |
The pilots of the United Airlines jet that limped to an emergency landing after a gaping hole ripped open on one side were convinced that a bomb had exploded on board as they struggled to stay aloft, government documents showed Wednesday. The dramatic 25-minute return of United Flight 811 to Honolulu from 22,000 feet over the Pacific on Feb. 24 was tracked closely by air traffic controllers who at times feared that the jetliner would have to ditch in the ocean, according to a transcript of communications between the plane and controllers.