On This Day in Aviation History

March 13, 2012

March 13th in Aviation History: First Flight in Switzerland and First Attempt to Cross South Atlantic

Iranian Air Force C-130.
Iranian Air Force C-130.
1997 – An Iranian Air Force Lockheed C-130 crashes in Mashhad, Iran after reporting an engine failure.

1974 – Sierra Pacific Airlines Flight 806 strays off course and collides with terrain in Bishop, California. All 36 aboard perish on the Convair CV-440 (N4819C).

1969 – Apollo 9 ends after a 10-day test of the Lunar Module in Earth’s lower orbit.

1967 – South African Airways Flight 406, a Vickers Viscount 818 (ZS-CVA) crashes into the sea while on approach to East London, South Africa. The Captain suffers a fatal heart attack and the First Officer is unable to regain control of the aircraft. All 25 on the aircraft perish.

1954 – A BOAC (British Overseas Airways Corporation) Lockheed L-749A (G-ALAM) crashes in Kallang Singapore, killing 33 of the 40 on-board. Pilot fatigue is blamed for the aircraft falling short of the runway and striking a concrete wall.

1928 – Eileen M. Vollick becomes the first woman in Canada to obtain a pilot’s license after completing her flight test in a Curtiss aircraft.

1922 – The first attempt at crossing the South Atlantic by flight is made by Gago Coutinho and Sacadura Cabral in a Fairey III. They needed to use three of the aircraft to complete the trip from Lisbon to Rio de Janeiro.

1910 – The first flight in Switzerland is made by Paul Engelhard in a Wright Flyer, departing from a frozen lake at St. Mortiz.