On This Day in Aviation History
Today in Aviation History: February 6th
1996 – Birgenair Flight 301, a Boeing 757-225 (TC-GEN) crashes into the Caribbean Sea, killing all 189 aboard. The crash is due to one of the aircraft’s 3 pitot tubes having been blocked, giving the aircraft erroneous airspeeds. Blame has been placed on the pilots because they proceeded to takeoff even after realizing the airspeed issues on departure.
1982 – Laker Airways, an airline founded by Sir Freddie Laker back in 1966, ceases operations.
1978 – Senator Howard Cannon of Nevada introduces the airline Deregulation Act, which would be passed the next October.
1964 – United Airlines puts the Boeing 727 into service, 5 days after delivery.
1958 – British European Airways Flight 609 crashes on its third attempt to takeoff at Munich-Riem Airport in West Germany. The Airspeed AS-57 Ambassador (G-ALZU) was attempting to become airborne on a slush-covered runway, when it tore through a fence and hit a nearby house. There are 21 survivors among the 44 people on the aircraft.
1959 – The first successful test firing of the Titan ICBM takes place.
1956 – William Judd lands his Cessna 180 in Paris after a solo flight of 25 hours 15 minutes across the North Atlantic from the US.
1933 – Pioneer Jim Mollison flies a de Havilland Puss Moth from the United Kingdom to Brazil, with a stop in Senegal, across the South Atlantic. He becomes the first person to fly solo across the North and South Atlantics.