Aviation News

September 9, 2009

On This Day in Aviation History: September 9th

Japanese Mitsubishi F1M2 Floatplane

Japanese Mitsubishi F1M2 Floatplane

1908, Orville Wright makes the first 1-hour flight over Fort Myer, Virginia.

1911, The first mail carried by air in the United Kingdom is delivered. The mail contains messages for King George V and other members of the British royal family.

1942, A Japanese floatplane dropped an incendiary bomb on Oregon.

1967, First successful test flight of the Saturn V rocket, which would power man’s first visits to the Moon.

1969, Allegheny Airlines Flight 853, a McDonnell Douglas DC-9-30 (N988VJ) en route to St. Louis, collided in mid-air with a Piper PA-28 (N7374J) at approximately 3,550 feet near Fairland, Indiana, killing all 85 people on board both aircraft. The Piper was leased to a student pilot making a solo cross-country flight. The crash was blamed on deficiencies in the collision avoidance capability of the Air Traffic Control system.

1970, BOAC Flight 775, a Vickers VC10 coming from Bahrain, was hijacked by the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) and flown to Dawson’s Field in Jordan. It was the fifth plane hijacked, with the four others having been taken on September 6. Within two weeks, all hostages were recovered with no fatalities.

1994, A Tu-22 acting as a chase aircraft to photograph an Aeroflot Tu-134, collides with the Aerflot jet over Zhukovsky, killing 7. The Tu-134 (RA-65760) fell into a forest and the Tu-22 managed to land safely.

1994, Space Shuttle Discovery makes its 20th trip to orbit for mission STS-64.

About the Author

Phil Derner Jr.
Phil Derner founded NYCAviation in 2003. A lifetime aviation enthusiast that grew up across the water from La Guardia Airport, Phil has aviation experience as a Loadmaster, Operations Controller and Flight Dispatcher. He owns and operates NYCAviation and performs duties as an aviation expert through writing, consulting, public speaking and media appearances. You can reach him by email or follow him on Twitter.



BOAC and How it All Began for Me

When the father of a four month old boy was given a small package containing a flight log onboard the child's first flight, little did he know it would spark a lifelong passion for commercial aviation.
by Shea Oakley


NTSB Issues Preliminary Report on Teterboro Crash

The NTSB has released their preliminary report on the May 15th Learjet crash in Teterboro, NJ.
by Stephanie Gehman



When The Unthinkable Happens: A Memoir of Being a Witness to a Crash

Last August, NYCAviation's Standards Editor was attending the media day for an air show when an aircraft crashed while practicing it's routine. This is his memoir of the events of thst day and what followed.
by Ben Granucci


Aeroflot to Purchase Transaero

Russia's largest carrier, Aeroflot, has announced it will purchase the country's second largest carrier in a deal worth 1 Ruble.
by Gordon Gebert, Jr.


A Real Solution to Suicide-Murder By Pilot? The 7 Past Incidents to Learn From

What can be changed in order to prevent another Germanwings 9525 from happening? Is there a foolproof solution? We learn from these past events...
by Phil Derner Jr.