On This Day in Aviation History

December 20, 2011

On This Day in Aviation History: December 20th

2011 – A Socata TPM 700 single-engine plane crashes onto Interstate 287 in northern New Jersey, killing all five people on board, but sparing any vehicles on the busy road.

2008 – Continental Airlines Flight 1404, a 737-524 (N18611), crashes after an aborted takeoff at Denver International Airport. It is suspected that a 37 mph gust of crosswind and a patch of ice caused the aircraft to veer to the left just as it was about to become airborne. It vacated the runway and came to rest down a hill, making it almost difficult for firefighters to find. All on-board escaped before fire consumed the aircraft.

A C-24 Globemaster's cargo doors open up to swallow its payload.

A C-24 Globemaster's cargo doors open up to swallow its payload.

1995 – American Airlines Flight 965, a Boeing 757-200 (N651AA) flying from Miami to Cali, Colombia, crashes into a mountain on approach to Cali, killing 159 of the 163 on board. The final accident report blames the pilots for a massive navigational error, though American attempted to blame a discrepancy in the flight management computer on the manufacturers. The disaster marked the first crash of a U.S.-owned 757, and the deadliest 757 crash ever at the time.

1992 – Northwest and KLM introduce a new joint motto: “Worldwide Reliability”

1983 – Ozark Air Lines Flight 650, a DC-9-31 registered N994Z, crashes at Sioux Fall Regional Airport on landing after striking a snow plow on the runway. The plow driver is killed but no one on the plane is injured, and the aircraft would later return to service.

1954 – The Convair YF-102A Delta Dagger makes its first flight at Edwards Air Force Base.

1952 – A United States Air Force C-124 Globemaster crashes on takeoff from Larson Air Force base in Moses Lake, Washington, killing 91 of the 118 on-board.

1934 – A KLM DC-2 registered PH-AJU crashes into the desert during a flight from Amsterdam Netherlands to Jakarta, Indonesia, killing all 7 on-board.

1928 – Two Australians make the first flight over Antarctica in a Lockheed Vega on what was a 10-hour flight.

1916 – The US Army Balloon School is established in Fort Omaha, Nebraska.

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