Category: plane

A Russian pilot went against regulations and allowed his…

A Russian pilot went against regulations and allowed his 16-year-old son to sit at the controls of the plane. His son accidentally disabled the autopilot, the plane then crashed and killed all 75 people on board.

A Ukrainian engineer has designed an airplane with a detachable…

A Ukrainian engineer has designed an airplane with a detachable cabin. In the event of an emergency, the cabin breaks off, deploys parachutes, and floats passengers safely to the sea or ground.

In 1977, a plane carrying 6,000 pounds of pot crashed in…

In 1977, a plane carrying 6,000 pounds of pot crashed in Yosemite National Park. Climbers in Yosemite Valley heard news of the crash and sparked a miniature gold rush with up to 20 people searching the frozen crash site. Much of the weed was salvaged, smoked, or sold before park rangers caught on.

When Hurricane Harvey hit Texas, Southwest Airlines used a plane…

When Hurricane Harvey hit Texas, Southwest Airlines used a plane to evacuate 64 puppies, kittens, dogs, and cats from Houston shelters. The plan aimed to make room for pets of displaced families.

Teddy Roosevelt’s son fought in WWI as a pilot. He was killed in…

Teddy Roosevelt’s son fought in WWI as a pilot. He was killed in a dogfight and his plane crashed behind enemy lines. The Germans gave him a full military burial with honors. Reportedly, they admired that a president’s son chose to fight.

An American woman never learned what happened to her husband,…

An American woman never learned what happened to her husband, whose plane was shot down over Les Ventes, France during WWII. She finally got her congressman to reopen his case in 2011. She was shocked to learn the town had been memorializing him and his sacrifice for 67 years.

In 1958, two pilots flew an aircraft for more than two months…

In 1958, two pilots flew an aircraft for more than two months without landing, refueling by matching speed with a truck driving down a road. Their record has not been broken.

The Cessna 172 flown by Robert Timm and John Cook to set the record for the world’s longest airplane flight (64 days, 22 hours, 19 minutes and 5 seconds), now hanging in McCarran International Airport, Las Vegas, Nevada

Photo : Daniel Piotrowski / wikipedia

An Air Canada flight was asked by Australian authorities to…

An Air Canada flight was asked by Australian authorities to investigate an emergency beacon. The plane, with 270 people, flew at 4000 feet as crew and passengers used binoculars to locate a stranded sailor, who was later rescued by police. The flight landed safely in Sydney, 90 minutes delayed.

The pilot episode of The Lone Gunmen TV series, a spin-off of…

The pilot episode of The Lone Gunmen TV series, a spin-off of The X-Files, was about a greedy, U.S. arms manufacturer’s plot to hijack a plane and fly it into the World Trade Center to increase weapons sales by invoking anger and retaliation among Americans. The episode aired on March 4, 2001.

In 1990 a wrongly installed windscreen on BA Flight 5390 fell…

In 1990 a wrongly installed windscreen on BA Flight 5390 fell out, causing the plane’s cockpit to decompress and its captain to be pulled halfway out of the aircraft at an altitude of over 17,000 feet. The crew held onto the captain’s body fearing it would get sucked into the engine. The captain survived.