On This Day in Aviation History
On This Day in Aviation History: December 18th
1995 – A Trans Service Airlift Lockheed L-188C Electra, being operated for Angola’s UNITA political party, crashes shortly after takeoff from Jamba Airport in Angola, killing 141 of the 144 onboard. The crash would be attributed to a cargo shift on departure.
1977 – SA de Transport Aerien Flight 730, an SE-210 Caravelle (registered HB-ICK) crashes while on approach to Funchal, Portugal, killing 36 of the 47 on-board. The pilots had failed to set the altimeter correctly, and when relying only on instruments, they came down into the sea.
1970 – Airbus Industrie is formed as Aerospatiale, Deutsche Airbus, Hawker Siddeley and Fokker come together to build the Airbus A300.
1912 – The first international flight ever is made by Rolland Garros flying a monoplane from France to a Mediterranean island.