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03 April 2009 : Quebec Service Aerien Canadair CL-415 C-GQBG makes a belly landing at Quebec City Jean Lesage International Airport, Canada and suffers substantial damage.
03 April 2008 : In the 2008 Suriname plane crash, an Antonov An-28 operated by Blue Wing Airlines crashes near Benzdorp in Suriname. All nineteen on board are killed.
03 April 2008 : ATA Airlines ceased all operations due to unrecovering bankruptcy.
03 April 2006 : USAF Lockheed C-5B Galaxy, 84-0059, of 436th Airlift Wing/512th Airlift Wing AF Reserve, crashes in a field one mile (1.6 km) short of the runway during landing approach to Dover AFB, Delaware. All 17 on board survive, although three are seriously injured. The cause was found to be aircrew error as the pilots and flight engineers did not properly configure, maneuver and power the aircraft during approach and landing.
03 April 1996 : 1996 Croatia USAF CT-43 crash: A USAF Boeing CT-43, 73-1149 (c/n 20696), call sign IFO 21, of the 76th Airlift Squadron, 86th Airlift Wing, Ramstein Air Base, Germany, on an official trade mission, crashed on approach to Dubrovnik Airport, Croatia, killing United States Secretary of Commerce Ron Brown and 34 other people. The crash board findings, announced 7 June 1996, blamed the crash on a failure of command, aircrew error and an improperly designed instrument approach procedure.
03 April 1985 : First Kamov V-80-01, prototype of Kamov Ka-50 Hokum, '010', crashes, killing the pilot.
03 April 1982 : First flight of the Airbus A310
03 April 1981 : Pan Am founder Juan Trippe dies in Los Angeles.
03 April 1980 : The prototype of the Bombardier Challenger 600 crashes in the Mojave Desert in California, killing its pilot.
03 April 1970 : A USAF Boeing B-52D-60-BO Stratofortress, 55-089, c/n 464-17205, of the 28th Bomb Wing caught fire and crashed during landing at Ellsworth AFB, South Dakota, skidding into a brick storage building containing 25,000 gallons of jet fuel. Heroic efforts by crash crew save all nine on board, although one suffered broken limbs, and three firefighters were injured. One of the eight jet engines ran for forty minutes following crash.

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