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April 3, 2011

On This Day in Aviation History: April 3rd

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USAF MH-53J Pave Low helicopter over wreckage of the USAF CT-43A approximately 3 kilometers north of the Dubrovnik Airport in Croatia. (Photo by US Army)

2008: ATA Airlines files for bankruptcy for the second and final time, immediately ceasing operations. The final service to operate is Flight 4586 from Honolulu to Phoenix departing almost 2 hours late and arriving at 8:48am MST.

2007: A French TGV sets a new train speed record of 357.2 mph (574.8 km/h).

USAF MH-53J Pave Low helicopter over wreckage of the USAF CT-43A approximately 3 kilometers north of the Dubrovnik Airport in Croatia

USAF MH-53J Pave Low helicopter over wreckage of the USAF CT-43A approximately 3 kilometers north of the Dubrovnik Airport in Croatia. (Photo by US Army)

1996: A US Air Force CT-43A crashes into a hill on approach to Dubrovnik Airport in Croatia, killing US Secretary of Commerce Ron Brown and all 29 other passengers and five crew on board. The military variant of the Boeing 737-200 had descended below the minimum approach altitude for the area, blamed on the crew being unfamiliar with the airport’s IFR NDB approach.

1981: Pan Am founder Juan Trippe dies in Los Angeles.

1953: BOAC launches weekly service to Tokyo aboard a de Havilland DH 106 Comet.

1933: The first flight over Mount Everest is made by two British aircraft.



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