This Day in History :: 09 March
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09 March 2013 : A UTair Aviation-owned Mil Mi-8 helicopter (NATO reporting name "Hip") working for the United Nations crashes near Bukavu in South Kivu province in the Democratic Republic of the Congo due to the weather, killing its entire Russian crew of four men. The bodies are found at the site of the crash.
09 March 2012 : First flight of the Cessna Citation M2
09 March 2011 : The Space Shuttle Discovery, first of the space shuttles to be retired, glides to a landing to end its 39th and final mission – The most by any space shuttle
09 March 2009 : Lion Air Flight 793, an McDonnell Douglas MD-90-30, registration PK-LIL, departs the runway at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, Indonesia, and spins through 180°. All 172 people on board are evacuated safely but the aircraft is damaged beyond economic repair.
09 March 2002 : A Portuguese Air Force Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon crashes in Monte Real, Portugal, while practicing aerobatic maneuvers, killing the pilot.
09 March 1996 : A Marine Corps McDonnell-Douglas F-18 Hornet went down off Charleston, South Carolina, with two pilots aboard. The search for the Marine pilots was called off 10 March.
09 March 1986 : First flight of the Yakovlev Yak-141
09 March 1986 : United States Navy divers find the largely intact but heavily-damaged crew compartment of the Space Shuttle Challenger. The bodies of all seven astronauts were still inside.
09 March 1979 : First flight of the Dassault Mirage 4000
09 March 1973 : Canada started direct air service with the Federal Republic of Germany and The People’s Republic of China.

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