On This Day in Aviation History

September 13, 2010

September 13th in Aviation History: Airbus Beluga makes her maiden flight

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2010: A Conviasa ATR-42 (YV-1010) crashes while flying from Santiago Mariño Caribbean International Airport in Porlamar to Manuel Carlos Piar Guayana Airport in the city of Ciudad Guayana, killing at least 15 of the 47 people on board.

2001: Civilian aircraft traffic resumes in the United States following the terrorist attacks two days earlier.

1994: The Airbus Beluga makes her maiden flight.

1982: Spantax Airlines Flight 995, a Douglas DC-10 (EC-DEG), crashes on takeoff at Malaga Airport in Spain, killing 50 of the 294 people onboard. The pilot felt a strong vibration in the nosegear and decided to abort the takeoff even though he had passed Vr (rotation speed). The aircraft overran the runway, bursting into flames on an embankment.

1978: Rollout of the McDonnell Douglas F/A-18A Hornet.

1906: The first fixed-wing aircraft flight in Europe.

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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.



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