BOAC Flight 777

On June 1,1943 the BOAC Flight 777,a scheduled British Overseas Airways Corporation civilian airline flight from Portela Airport in Lisbon, Portugal to Whitchurch Airport near Bristol, England.The Douglas DC-3 serving the flight was attacked by eight German Junkers Ju 88 fighter planes and crashed into the Bay of Biscay, killing all 17 on board. BOACContinue reading “BOAC Flight 777”

The bombing of a florist shop that inadvertently caused the death of 583

On this day  42 years ago, at Tenerife-North Airport (formerly Los Rodeos), two Boeing 747’s – one KLM, the other  Pan Am – crashed on a foggy runway. 583 people were killed in what remains the biggest air disaster in history. Neither of the planed were supposed to be there, they had both been divertedContinue reading “The bombing of a florist shop that inadvertently caused the death of 583”

I am leaving on a jet plane and I won’t be back again.

Traveling by plane is still the safest way to travel, well at least if you’re not a musicians. A disproportionate of singers and musicians over the last few decades, if you’d go by their track records you’d never board a plane again. Since the list is quite extensive I will focus on the lesser knownContinue reading “I am leaving on a jet plane and I won’t be back again.”

Glen Miller-Missing in Action

Music legend Glenn Miller’s plane vanished over the Channel without a trace on December 15 1944. On the day he went missing, Dec. 15, 1944, Miller, an Army major, is believed to have boarded a UC-64A Norseman in Bedfordshire, England, as a passenger. The plane was bound for France, where Miller was planning a performanceContinue reading “Glen Miller-Missing in Action”

Flight 19-The Lost squadron

The Bermuda Triangle’s reputation as a boat and plane-devouring chasm was first sealed in December 1945, when a group of five U.S. Navy Avenger torpedo bombers known as “Flight 19” vanished in the Atlantic off the coast of Florida. No sign of the Avengers was ever found, and a Navy seaplane sent to rescue themContinue reading “Flight 19-The Lost squadron”

Alive! How far would you go to survive?

Anyone who has seen the movie ‘Alive’ will be aware of this story. Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571 was a chartered flight carrying 45 people, including a rugby union team, their friends, family and associates, that crashed in the Andes on Friday the 13th  October 1972, in an incident known as the Andes flight disasterContinue reading “Alive! How far would you go to survive?”

The Hindenburg Disaster

The Hindenburg disaster is probably just as iconic(for lack of a better word) as the Titanic disaster. The airship Hindenburg, the largest dirigible ever built and the pride of Nazi Germany, burst into flames upon touching its mooring mast in Lakehurst, New Jersey, killing 36 passengers and crew members. The Hindenburg disaster at Lakehurst, NewContinue reading “The Hindenburg Disaster”

Imber friendly fire incident

The Imber friendly fire incident took place on the 13 April 1942 at Imber, England, during the Second World War. One of the Royal Air Force fighter aircraft taking part in a firepower demonstration accidentally opened fire on a crowd of spectators, killing 25 and wounding 71. Pilot error and bad weather were blamed forContinue reading “Imber friendly fire incident”

Germanwings Flight 9525-Andreas Lubitz’s homicidal suicide flight.

It’s hard to believe this happened  today 2 years ago. I know the title is slightly contradictory but I think it’s the most appropriate way to describe the tragedy. On March 24 2015 Germanwings flight 9525 took off from Barcelona airport headed for Dusseldorf in Germany. But the Airbus A320 never made it to its finalContinue reading “Germanwings Flight 9525-Andreas Lubitz’s homicidal suicide flight.”

Pan Am Flight 103-Lockerbie

Today marks the 31st anniversary of the Pan Am Flight 103,Lockerbie bombing I am not going in to great detail into the story because so much has already been written about the terror attack. I will highlight some of the passengers stories. A total of 270 people, including young children and students, died in theContinue reading “Pan Am Flight 103-Lockerbie”