On This Day in Aviation History

January 30, 2012

On This Day in Aviation History: January 30th

2000 – Kenya Airways Flight 431, an Airbus A310 (5Y-BEN) departing Abidjan, Ivory Coast, crashes into the ocean just after takeoff following the flight crew’s failure to properly respond to a false stall warning. Just 10 of the 179 aboard are pulled from the ocean alive.

1988 – “Friendship One”, a Boeing 747SP (N147UA) owned by United Airlines, completes a flight around the world in the record time of 36 hours, 54 minutes. The record would hold for less than a month, when a Gulfstream IV would pull it off 46 minutes faster.

1979 – A Varig Boeing 707 Freighter (PP-VLU) carrying valuable paintings mysteriously disappears over the Pacific Ocean. No wreckage or bodies were ever found. The Captain of the missing plane had been at the helm of Varig Flight 820 when it crashed 5 1/2 years earlier.

1974 – Pan Am Flight 806, a Boeing 707-321B (N454PA) crashes on approach to Pago Pago International Airport in American Samoa. The crash would be attributed to the flight crew not realizing their excessive descent rate in time to correct it, ultimately killing 97 of the 101 aboard.

1957 – The Sikorsky HSS-1 S-58 helicopter, developed for anti-submarine operations, makes its first flight.

1948 – A British South American Airways Avro Tudor IV, Star Tiger, disappears without a trace en route from the Azores to Bermuda with 31 on board. The loss of the aircraft along with that of BSAA Avro Tudor Star Ariel in 1949 remain unsolved to this day, with the resulting speculation helping to develop the Bermuda Triangle legend.

1948 – Orville Wright, one of the two Wright Brothers that were the first in powered flight, dies at the age of 76.

1943 – The Royal Air Force de Havilland Mosquito makes its first flight.

1942 – Arrow Airways and Canadian Airways merge to form Canadian Pacific Airlines. This airline would later be sold to Pacific Western Airlines in 1987, renaming the paired company Canadian Airlines International. This operation would later be absorbed by Air Canada in 2000.

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