On This Day in Aviation History

January 19, 2014

January 19th in Aviation History: Jet Airways Becomes Largest Indian Airline and More

2006 – A Slovak Air Force Antonov An-24 filled with peacekeeping troops returning from duty in Kosovo crashes in northern Hungary, leaving only one survivor of the 43 people onboard. The crash would be blamed on the pilots straying nearly 2 miles off their assigned route and descended too early during their approach to Košice International Airport in Slovakia, the plane hitting trees about 12 miles short of the runway.

2006 – Jet Airways purchases Air Sahara, a deal that would create the largest domestic airline in India.

2006New Horizons, a NASA robotic spacecraft due to visit Pluto in 2015, is launched atop an Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

1999 – British Aerospace buys Marconi Electric Systems, the defense electronics and naval shipbuilding subsidiary of the UK’s General Electric Company (not related to the General Electric in America), forming BAE Systems.

1991 – In the early days of the Gulf War, Iraq fires a Scud missile into Israel for the second time, injuring 15 people.

1937 – Howard Hughes sets a new transcontinental speed record, flying his Hughes H-1 Racer from Los Angeles to Newark in 7 hours 25 minutes, beating his previous record by nearly 2 hours.

1919 – French aviator Jules Vedrine wins 25,000 Francs for landing his Caudron G-3 biplane on the 92 ft x 40 ft roof of the famous Galeries Lafayette department store in Paris, despite destroying the plane and getting injured in the process.

1916 – World War I’s final German Zeppelin raid on Paris kills 54 people.

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