This Day in History :: 09 August
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09 August 2011 : In the 2011 Avis Amur Antonov An-12 crash, an Antonov An-12 crashes at Omsukchan, Russia due to an engine fire, killing all 11 on board.
09 August 2010 : JetBlue flight attendant incident was an altercation that occurred after JetBlue Airways Flight 1052, a flight from Pittsburgh to New York City, had landed. The incident garnered significant media attention when, upon landing, Steven Slater, a flight attendant, announced over the plane’s public address system that he had been called an obscenity by a passenger, quit his job, deployed the evacuation slide at the terminal gate, and slid down it. Slater claimed to have been injured by a passenger when he instructed her to sit down. Slater’s account of the event was not corroborated by others.
09 August 2007 : Air Moorea Flight 1121, operated on an Air Moorea de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter airplane, crashed shortly after taking off from Temae Airport on Moorea island in French Polynesia; the plane was bound for Tahiti. According to the official report by Bureau d’Enquetes et d’Analyses pour la securite de l’Aviation Civile, all 20 occupants, including 19 passengers and one crew member, died.
09 August 2006 : First flight of the BAE Skylynx II UAV
09 August 2006 : Transatlantic aircraft plot was a terrorist plot to detonate liquid explosives carried on board at least 10 airliners travelling from the United Kingdom to the United States and Canada. The plot was discovered and foiled by British police before it could be carried out and, as a result, unprecedented security measures were immediately put in place.
09 August 1996 : Sir Frank Whittle, inventor of the jet engine, dies at 89.
09 August 1995 : Aviateca Flight 901, a Boeing 737, crashes into San Vicente volcano while on approach to Cuscatlan International Airport; all 65 on board die.
09 August 1980 : Jacqueline Cochrane, US pilot / first female to fly faster than sound, dies at 70.
09 August 1976 : USSR launches Luna 24, last Lunar flight to date from Earth.
09 August 1976 : First flight of the Boeing YC-14

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