Airplane Life Cycle

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Title Description Date
de Havilland DH-106 Comet 1

The de Havilland Comet 1 Aircraft experienced a series of inflight breakups before it was discovered that the fuselage fatigue life was far shorter than testing had revealed.

British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC) Flight 783, de ...more

May 2, 1953, January 10, 1954, April 8, 1954
Braniff L-188 (Electra) in Texas
Northwest L-188 (Electra) in Indiana

On September 29, 1959, Braniff Airways Flight 542, a Lockheed Model L-188A (Electra) airplane, experienced left wing airborne disintegration near Buffalo, Texas. The flight was scheduled between Houston, TX and New York International Airport, with ...more

September 29, 1959; March 17, 1960
Capital Airlines Flight 20 at Charles City, Virginia

Capital Airlines Flight 20 was a regularly scheduled passenger flight from Chicago Midway Airport to Norfolk, Virginia. A stopover was made at Washington National Airport. During the stopover at National Airport, N7462 was substituted for the orig ...more

January 18, 1960
Eastern Airlines 375 at Boston

On October 4, 1960 at 1740 Eastern Daylight Time, an Eastern Airlines Lockheed Electra L-188, N5533, crashed following takeoff from runway 09 at Logan International Airport in Boston Massachusetts. Immediately after takeoff, the airplane struck a ...more

October 4, 1960
United Viscount 745D in Maryland

United Airlines Flight 297, a Vickers-Armstrongs Model Viscount 745D airplane, was en route between Newark, NJ and Washington, D.C., at an assigned altitude of 6,000 feet when it struck at least two whistling swans, one on the left horizontal stab ...more

November 23, 1962
Pan Am Flight 214 at Elkton, Maryland

Pan American, N709PA, a Boeing 707-121, operating as Flight 214, departed Baltimore, Maryland, for Philadelphia, Pennsylvania at 8:24 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) on December 8, 1963. The aircraft with 73 passengers and a crew of eight was on ...more

December 8, 1963
Mohawk Airlines, Inc. Flight 40 near Blossburg, Pennsylvania

On June 23, 1967, Mohawk Airlines Flight 40, a British Aircraft Corporation BAC 1-11, crashed approximately one mile east of the town of Blossburg, Pennsylvania. The aircraft was destroyed by impact and fire. All 30 passengers and four crewmembers ...more

June 23, 1967
United 727 near Los Angeles

On January 18, 1969, United Airlines Flight 266, a Boeing Model 727-22C series airplane, crashed into Santa Monica Bay shortly after takeoff from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). The takeoff occurred at night in light rain and fog. The a ...more

January 18, 1969
National Airlines DC-10 at Albuquerque

On November 3, 1973, while National Airlines DC-10 Flight 27, from Miami to San Francisco, was cruising at 39,000 feet, the number 3 engine fan assembly completely disintegrated. The number 3 inlet and fan case separated simultaneously with fan bl ...more

November 3, 1973
Turk Hava DC-10 in Paris

Turk Hava, Flight TK981, a McDonnell-Douglas DC 10-10, departed Orly Airport in Paris, France for London's Heathrow Airport. Approximately 10 minutes after takeoff, Flight TK981's radar signature was seen to split into two, with one part remaining ...more

March 3, 1974
ONA Flight 032 at JFK

At approximately 1310 Eastern Standard Time on November 12, 1975, Overseas National Airways (ONA) Flight 032, a McDonnell Douglas Model DC-10-30 airplane, crashed while attempting to take off from John F. Kennedy (JFK) International Airport, New Y ...more

November 12, 1975
Southern Airways Flight 242 at New Hope, Georgia

At approximately 4:19 PM Eastern Standard Time, on April 4, 1977 a Southern Airways DC-9 airplane, Flight 242, entered a severe thunderstorm at an altitude of between 14,000 and 17,000 feet near Rome, Georgia en route from Huntsville, Alabama to A ...more

April 4, 1977
Dan-Air B707-300 at Zambia, Africa

On May 14, 1977, a Boeing Model 707-300 series airplane, operated by Dan-Air, Ltd, crashed on approach to landing in Zambia, Africa. The accident occurred in daylight and in good weather. The horizontal stabilizer of the aircraft was found 200 ...more

May 14, 1977
Continental DC-10 at LAX

At approximately 0925 Pacific Standard Time on March 1, 1978, Continental Airlines Flight 603, a McDonnell Douglas Model DC-10-10 airplane, overran the departure end of Runway 6R at Los Angeles International Airport, California following a rejecte ...more

March 1, 1978
American Airlines DC-10 at Chicago

During takeoff rotation, the left engine and strut assembly separated from the wing, and traveled over the wing, severing hydraulic lines in the associated area of the wing. Damage to the hydraulic lines caused a loss of hydraulic pressure and su ...more

May 25, 1979
British Airtours B737 at Manchester, UK

British Airtours Flight KT28M, a Boeing Model 737-200 series airplane, was taking off from Runway 24 at Manchester International Airport, Manchester, UK, when the left engine experienced an engine failure. The flightcrew aborted the takeoff, and ...more

August 22, 1985
Northwest Airlines DC-9 Flight 255 at Detroit, MI

Northwest Airlines, Inc., Flight 255, a McDonnell Douglas DC-9-82, was a regularly scheduled passenger flight en route from the Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport, Romulus, Michigan to Phoenix, Arizona. At approximately 2046 on August 16, 1 ...more

August 16, 1987
South African Airways 747 at Mauritius, Indian Ocean

On November 28, 1987, South African Airways Flight 295 crashed into the Indian Ocean en route from Taipai's Chiang Kai Shek Airport to Mauritius's Plaisance Airport as the result of an uncontrolled fire in the airplane's main deck cargo compartmen ...more

November 28, 1987
Aloha Airlines 737 at Maui

As Aloha Airlines Flight 243 leveled at flight level 240 on an inter-island flight from Hilo to Honolulu, an 18-foot-long section of the upper fuselage suddenly departed the airplane, sweeping a flight attendant overboard. The captain performed a ...more

April 28, 1988
TACA International Airlines 737 near New Orleans

On May 24, 1988, a Boeing Model 737-300, N75356, owned by Polaris Aircraft Leasing Corp. and operated by TACA International Airlines as Flight 110 from San Salvador, El Salvador with a stop in Belize City, Belize, made a forced landing on a levee ...more

May 24. 1988
British Midland B737 Flight 92 at Kegworth

Approximately 13 minutes after takeoff from London's Heathrow Airport, on a flight planned to Belfast, Ireland, the outer portion of a fan blade on the number one engine failed as the airplane was climbing through 28,000 feet. The fan blade failur ...more

January 8, 1989
United Airlines 747 at Honolulu

United Airlines (UAL) Flight 811 experienced an explosive decompression at about 22,000 feet after the forward lobe cargo door suddenly opened in flight. After the door was recovered from the bottom of the ocean, it was discovered that the cargo ...more

February 24, 1989
United DC-10 at Sioux City

United Airlines (UAL) Flight 232, a McDonnell Douglas DC-10-10, was a scheduled passenger flight from Stapleton International Airport in Denver, Colorado to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, with an en route stop in Chicago, Illinois. On July 19, 1989, ...more

July 19, 1989
Indian Airlines A320 Flight 605 at Bangalore, India

On Feb 14th, 1990, Indian Airlines Flight 605, an Airbus A320-231 (Registration VT-EPN), was operating a scheduled passenger flight from Bombay to Bangalore, India. The Captain in the left seat was flying the aircraft and was undergoing the first ...more

February 14, 1990
Atlantic Southeast Airlines EMB-120 Flight 2311 at Brunswick

On April 5, 1991, Atlantic Southeast Airlines, Inc., Flight 2311, an Embraer EMB-120, N270AS, crashed during a landing approach to runway 07 at the Glynco Jetport, Brunswick, Georgia. The flight was a scheduled commuter flight from Atlanta to Bru ...more

April 5, 1991
Lauda 767 near Bangkok, Thailand

A Boeing Model 767-300ER, powered by Pratt and Whitney PW4000 engines and operated by Lauda Air, experienced an uncommanded thrust reverser deployment of the left engine during climb out from Bangkok International Airport in Bangkok, Thailand. The ...more

May 26, 1991
El Al Flight 1862 at Amsterdam, Netherlands

A Boeing Model 747-200 freighter, powered by four Pratt & Whitney JT9D-7J engines and operated by El Al Israel Airlines, experienced the separation of both engines from the right wing (engines 3 and 4) during climb out from Schiphol Airport, Amste ...more

October 4, 1992
Air France B747 at Tahiti

Air France Flight 072, a flight from Los Angeles, California to Tahiti was assigned the VOR DME approach to runway 22 at Faa'a International Airport. It was night, and the weather conditions were clear. The airplane was on a stabilized approach i ...more

September 13, 1993, 0705 UTC/September 12, 1993, 2105 Local
China Airlines A300 Flight 140 at Nagoya

China Airlines Flight 140 from Taipei, Taiwan to Nagoya, Japan executed takeoff climb and cruise phases of flight uneventfully. While the co-pilot was manually flying the ILS approach to runway 34 at Nagoya, and descending through 1,000 feet, he i ...more

April 26, 1994
USAir 737 in Pennsylvania

USAir Flight 427 crashed while on approach to Pittsburgh International Airport following a loss of control and airplane stall precipitated by an encounter with the wake of a preceding Boeing Model 727 airplane. The National Transportation Safety ...more

September 8, 1994
American Eagle Flight 4184 near Roselawn

On October 31, 1994 at 1559 Central Standard Time, an Avions de Transport Regional, Model 72-212 (ATR-72), registration number N401AM, crashed during descent after uncommanded roll excursions and a loss of control. The aircraft was leased to and o ...more

October 31, 1994
ValuJet DC-9 in Florida

ValuJet Flight 592 crashed while attempting to return to Miami, Florida after experiencing a loss of control caused by an uncontrolled fire which started in the airplane's forward cargo compartment. The National Transportation Safety Board determ ...more

May 11, 1996
TWA 800 at Atlantic Ocean

On July 17, 1996, at 2031 EDT, a Boeing 747-131, N93119, crashed into the Atlantic Ocean about eight miles south of East Moriches, New York after taking off from John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK). The airplane was being operated on a reg ...more

July 17, 1996
TAM Fokker 100 Flight 402 At Sao Paulo, Brazil

TAM 402 was a regular morning flight from Congonhas Airport in Sao Paulo, Brazil, to Rio de Janeiro. As the engines were accelerated for takeoff the pilots received an alert that the autothrottle had disconnected, a very minor problem that would n ...more

October 31, 1996
Swissair MD-11 at Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia

Swissair Flight SR 111, a Boeing (formerly McDonnell Douglas) MD-11, departed John F. Kennedy Airport (JFK) in Jamaica, New York, en route to Geneva, Switzerland.

While passing through Canadian airspace, an in-flight fire ensued in the area ...more

September 2, 1998
Alaska Airlines MD-83 near Anacapa Island

On January 31, 2000, about 1621 Pacific standard time, Alaska Airlines Flight 261, a McDonnell Douglas MD-83, N963AS, crashed into the Pacific Ocean about 2.7 miles north of Anacapa Island, California. All 88 people on board were killed and the ai ...more

January 31, 2000
Air France Flight 4590 at Paris, France

Air France Flight 4590 was a charter flight from Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport, France, to New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport, New York City. There were 100 passengers and nine crewmembers on board. The fully loaded Concorde began ...more

July 25, 2000
Air Transat A330 Flight TSC236 at Terceira Airport, Azores

On August 24, 2001, Air Transat Flight TSC236, an Airbus Model 330-243 aircraft, was on a scheduled flight from Toronto, Canada to Lisbon, Portugal. A fuel leak in the Number 2 (right) engine began three hours 46 minutes into the flight that was ...more

August 24, 2001
Luxair Flight 9642 at Luxembourg

On November 6, 2002, a Fokker F27 Mk 050 turboprop-powered airplane, owned and operated by Luxair and registered as LX-LGB, departed Berlin as Flight LG 9642/LH 2420 to Luxembourg. Inadequate landing visibility was reported at the destination airp ...more

November 6, 2002
China Airlines B737 Flight 120 at Okinawa

On August 20, 2007, a Boeing 737-800 operated by China Airlines departed from Taiwan, Taoyuan International Airport on a regularly scheduled flight to Naha Airport, Okinawa, Japan. Following landing and leading edge slat retraction, a failed porti ...more

August 20, 2007
British Airways Flight 38 at Heathrow Airport, London

On January 17, 2008, a British Airways 777-236ER equipped with Rolls Royce RB211 Trent 800 engines, landed short of runway 27L at Heathrow International Airport. The airplane was operating as Flight 38 from Beijing to London with 136 passengers an ...more

January 17, 2008