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2010 Chronology of Aviation History
Major Aviation Events

January 2010

  • 1 January — American airline Northwest Airlines is merged into Delta Air Lines. [1]

  • 2 January — Boeing 727-231F (9Q-CAA of Congolese airline Compagnie Afric)aine d'Aviation was substantially damaged when it departed the side of the runway at N'djili Airport, Kinshasa. The aircraft was later reported as damaged beyond repair. [1]

  • 2 January — In Slovakia, a package containing the explosive RDX was placed in the luggage of a passenger at Poprad-Tatry Airport by Serbian police as part of a training exercise. Due to an error, the package was not recovered and the luggage was loaded onto a Danube Wings flight to Dublin. The error was not realized until the plane had departed. The Garda Síochána were not informed until 5 January, causing a bomb alert in Dublin. The innocent passenger was arrested but later released when the Slovak Government admitted he was blameless. [1]

  • 3 January — Air Berlin Flight 2450, operated by Boeing 737-800 (D-ABKF) overran the end of the runway after an aborted take-off at high speed due to an airspeed discrepancy on the two pilots' instruments. The incident happened at Dortmund Airport. There were no injuries among the 171 people on board. [1]

  • 10 January — United Airlines Flight 634, operated by Airbus A319-131 (N816UA) made an emergency landing at Newark Liberty International Airport when the right main landing gear failed to deploy. The aircraft sustained some damage when the right engine contacted the runway. The 53 passengers and crew evacuated the aircraft via the emergency chutes without injury. Initial fears that the wing had been damaged in the accident later proved groundless, with damage being confined to the engine and nacelle. [1]

  • 13 January — German airline Blue Wings ceased operations. [1]

  • 15 January — Iran Air Fokker 100 (EP-IDA), operating Flight 223 was substantially damaged when the nose gear collapsed after landing at Isfahan International Airport. [1]

  • 16 January — UTair Aviation Boeing 737-500 (VQ-BAC) departed the runway on landing at Vnukovo International Airport and was substantially damaged when the nosewheel collapsed. [1]

  • 19 January — Japanese flag carrier Japan Airlines files for protection from bankruptcy. [1]

  • 19 January — BinAir Swearingen SA-227-C “Metro” (D-CKPP) was damaged when the right main undercarriage collapsed on landing at Stuttgart Airport. [1]

  • 19 January — PSA Airlines Canadair CRJ-200 (N246PS) overran the runway at Yeager Airport, Charleston, West Virginia following a rejected take-off. The aircraft was stopped by the EMAS at the end of the runway, sustaining substantial damage to its undercarriage. [1]

  • 21 January — Cargolux Flight 7933, operated by Boeing 747-400 (LX-OCV) struck a vehicle on landing at Luxembourg International Airport. The van suffered major damage and the aircraft sustained a damaged tyre. Three investigations have been launched into the incident. [1]

  • 24 January — Taban Air Flight 6437 crashed on landing at Mashhad International Airport Iran. All 170 people on board escape from the burning aircraft. [1]

  • 25 January — Ethiopian Airlines Flight 409, Boeing 737-8AS, crashed into the Mediterranean shortly after take-off from Beirut Rafic Hariri International Airport in Beirut, Lebanon, for Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. All 90 people on board die. [1]

  • 26 January — Spanish airline Quantum Air ceased operations. [1]

  • 31 January — Guicango Yakovlev Yak-40 “Codling” (D2-FES) suffered the collapse of all landing gears on landing at Quatro de Fevereiro Airport, Luanda, Angola on a flight from Cabinda. [1]

February 2010

  • 4 February — Yakutia Airlines Flight 425, operated by Antonov An-24 “Coke” (RA-47360) suffered an engine failure on take-off from Yakutsk Airport for Olekminsk Airport. During the subsequent landing, the nose and port main undercarriage were retracted, causing substantial damage to the aircraft. [1]

  • 11 February — Trigana Air Service Flight 168, operated by ATR-42-300F (PK-YRP) made a forced landing in a paddy field at Bone, Indonesia. Two people were seriously injured and the aircraft was written off. [1]

  • 11 February — Click Mexicana Flight 7222, operated by Fokker 100 (XA-SHJ) suffered an undercarriage malfunction on approach to Quetzalcóatl International Airport, Nuevo Laredo. A low fly-past confirmed that both main gears had not deployed. The aircraft diverted to General Mariano Escobedo International Airport, Monterrey, where it was substantially damaged in the landing, having departed the runway and spun through 180°. [1]

  • 15 February — Spanish airline Hola Airlines ceases operations. [1]

  • 18 February — After setting fire to his house and leaving behind a suicide note expressing displeasure with government and taxation, Andrew Joseph Stack III crashes his Piper “Dakota” into an office building housing an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) field office in Austin, Texas, killing himself and an IRS manager and injuring 13 others, two of them seriously. [1]

March 2010

  • 1 March — ACT Airlines Airbus A300B4-200 (TC-ACB) sustained substantial damage when the port undercarriage collapsed on landing at Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan. The port engine and wing were also damaged. [1]

  • 1 March — Air Tanzania Flight 100, operated by Boeing 737-200 (5H-MVZ) sustained substantial damage when it departed the runway on landing at Mwanza Airport and the nosewheel collapsed. Damage was also caused to an engine. [1]

  • 18 March — Exin Flight 3589, operated by Antonov An-26 “Curl” (SP-FDO) received an unsafe gear warning on approach to Lennart Meri Tallinn Airport, Tallinn, Estonia on a flight from Helsinki Airport, Helsinki, Finland. A go-around was initiated, during which an engine failed and a wheels-up landing was made on the frozen surface of Lake Ülemiste. Two of the six crew were injured. [1]

  • 22 March — Aviastar-TU Flight 1906, operated by Tupolev Tu-204 (RA-64011) crashed on approach to Domodedovo International Airport, Moscow. The aircraft was written off, the first hull loss for Aviastar and the first of a Tu-204. [1]

  • 25 March — Scottish airline Highland Airways ceases operations. [1]

April 2010

  • 10 April — A Polish Air Force Tupolev Tu-154M “Careless” carrying the Polish President Lech Kaczynski and many other Polish officials crashes on approach to Smolensk, Russia. [1]

  • 12 April — Jamaican airline Air Jamaica ceases operations. All services taken over by Caribbean Airlines. [1]

  • 13 April — Unable to adjust their thrust settings due to an engine malfunction, the flight crew of Cathay Pacific Flight 780, an Airbus A330-342 with 322 people on board, is forced to land at Hong Kong International Airport in Hong Kong, China, at 230 knots (265 mph; 426 km/h), 95 knots (109 mph; 176 km/h) higher than normal landing speed. The aircraft makes a successful landing, but 57 passengers are injured during the subsequent emergency evacuation. [1]

  • 13 April — Merpati Nusantara Airlines Flight 836 operated by Boeing 737-300 (PK-MDF) overran the runway at Rendani Airport, Manokwari, Indonesia. All 103 passengers and crew escape alive. [1]

  • 13 April — Aerounion - Aerotransporte de Carga Union Flight 302 operated by Airbus A300B4F (XA-TUE) crashed on approach to General Mariano Escobedo International Airport, Monterrey, Mexico. All five crew were killed, as was one person in a car that was hit by the crashing aircraft. [1]

  • 15 April — Following the second eruption of Eyjafjallajökull in Iceland, large areas of controlled airspace were closed, causing widespread suspension of services across Europe. [1]

  • 21 April — Pacific East Asia Cargo Airlines Flight 7815, operated by Antonov An-12 “Cub” (UR-AN216) crashed on approach to Clark International Airport (formerly Diosdado Macapagal International Airport), Philippines after a fire broke out in flight. Three of the six crew were killed. [1]

May 2010

  • 12 May — Afriqiyah Airways Flight 771 operated by Airbus A330-202 (5A-ONG) crashed on approach to Tripoli International Airport, Libya, killing 103 people. [1]

  • 15 May — A Blue Wing Airlines Antonov An-28 “Cash” crashed shortly after take-off from Godo Holo Airstrip killing all eight on board. [1]

  • 17 May — Pamir Airways Flight 112, operated by Antonov An-24 “Coke” (YA-PIS) crashed in the Salang Pass killing all 43 on board. [1]

  • 22 May — Air India Express Flight 812, operated by Boeing 737-800 (VT-AXV) crashed at Mangalore International Airport with the loss of 162 lives. [1]

  • 26 May — Iraqi Airways ceases operations. [1]

  • 26 May — Launched from a Boeing B-52H “Stratofortress” over the Pacific Ocean, the Boeing X-51A “Waverider” makes a successful first flight, reaching nearly Mach 5. It is the first time in history that an aircraft flies powered by a practical thermally balanced hydrocarbon-fueled scramjet engine. [1]

  • 28 May — The first “Solar Impulse” (HB-SIA) aircraft, the first solar-powered aircraft capable of flying both day and night thanks to batteries charged by solar power that provide it with power during darkness, makes its first flight powered entirely by solar energy, charging its batteries in flight. The flight takes place at Payerne Airport outside Payerne, Switzerland. [1]

June 2010

  • 16 June — Trans States Airlines Flight 8050, operated by Embraer ERJ-145 (N847HK) overran the runway at Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport and was substantially damaged when the nose gear collapsed. [1]

  • 19 June — Berlin Air Services Douglas DC-3 (D-CXXX) crashed shortly after take-off from Berlin Schönefeld Airport on a local sightseeing flight. Eight people were injured and the aircraft was substantially damaged. [1]

  • 21 June — Aero Service CASA C-212 “Avioca”r (TN-AFD) crashed in the Republic of the Congo killing all eleven people on board, including Australian mining magnate Ken Talbot. [1]

July 2010

  • 8 July — The first “Solar Impulse” (HB-SIA) aircraft, the first solar-powered aircraft capable of both day and night flight thanks to its batteries charged by solar power, makes its first overnight flight, taking off from Payerne Airport outside Payerne, Switzerland, and returning after 26 hours 10 minutes 19 seconds in the air, the first overnight flight by a solar-powered aircraft and the longest flight in history up to this time by a manned solar-powered aircraft. The flight also sets a record for the highest altitude ever attained by a manned solar-powered aircraft, reaching 8,744 meters (28,687 feet) above ground and 9,235 meters (30,298 feet) in absolute altitude. [1]

  • 18 July — The Boeing 787 “Dreamliner” makes its first international appearance at the Farnborough Airshow, UK. [1]

  • 26 July — An Israeli Air Force (IAF) Sikorsky CH-53 “Sea Stallion&rdquo helicopter crashes during a joint Israeli-Romanian aviation exercise in the Carpathian Mountains in northern Romania, killing six IAF officers and one Romanian Air Force officer. [1]

  • 27 July — Lufthansa Cargo McDonnell Douglas MD-11 (D-ALCQ) crashes at King Khalid International Airport, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. [1]

  • 28 July — Airblue Flight 202, operated with an Airbus A321, crashes in the Margalla Hills near Islamabad. Boeing C-17 “Globemaster III” (AF 00-0173) of the USAF crashed near Elmendorf Air Force Base killing all four people on board. [1]

August 2010

  • 1 August — West Freight Fairchild C-123 “Provider” (N7099R) crashes at Mount Healy, Alaska killing all three crew. [1]

  • 2 August — Todd Reichert of the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies pilots a human-powered ornithopter, “Snowbird”, in Ontario, sustaining 19.3 seconds of flight, covering a distance of 145 meters (475 ft). The 42.6 kg (92.59 lb) craft has 32-meter- (105-foot-) span flapping wings. [1]

  • 3 August — Katekavia Flight 9357 crashes in Igarka, Russia, killing eleven people. [1]

  • 10 August — A de Havilland Canada DHC-3T “Turbo Otter” crashes near Aleknagik, United States killing former Senator Ted Stevens. Former NASA Administrator and current EADS North America CEO Sean O'Keefe is amongst the survivors. [1]

  • 13 August — Regional Spanish airline Andalus Lineas Aereas ceases operations. [1]

  • 16 August — AIRES Flight 8250, operated by Boeing 737-73V (HK-4682), crashes short of the runway at Gustavo Rojas Pinilla International Airport, San Andrés, Colombia and breaks into three sections. One passenger dies from a heart attack following the accident. The other 124 passengers and six crew survive. [1]

  • 24 August — Saudi Arabian airline SAMA ceases operations. [1]

  • 24 August — Agni Air Flight 101 crashes near Shikharpur, Nepal killing all 14 people on board. [1]

  • 24 August — Henan Airlines Flight 8387 overruns the runway on landing at Lindu Airport, China. 42 of the 96 people on board were killed. [1]

  • 25 August — Filair Let L-410 “Turbolet” (9Q-CCN) crashes short of the runway at Bandundu Airport, killing all 14 people on board. [1]

  • 25 August — Passaredo Transportes Aéreos Flight 2231, operated by Embraer E-145 (PR-PSJ), lands short of the runway at Vitória da Conquista Airport and is substantially damaged but all 27 people on board survive. [1]

  • 25 August — Iran Aseman Airlines Flight 773, operated by a Fokker 100, overruns the runway on landing at Tabriz International Airport. The aircraft is substantially damaged. [1]

September 2110

  • 3 September — UPS Flight 6, operated by Boeing 747-44AF (N571UP) crashed shortly after take-off from Dubai International Airport, killing both crew and destroying the aircraft. N571UP was operating an international cargo flight to Cologne Bonn Airport, Germany. [1]

  • 4 September — A Fletcher FU24 crashed on take-off from the Fox Glacier, killing all nine people on board. This was the worst aircraft accident in New Zealand for 21 years, and at the time the 7th worst in New Zealand. [1]

  • 7 September — Alrosa Mirny Air Enterprise Flight 514, operated by Tupolev Tu-154M “Careless” (RA-85684) suffered a complete electrical failure in flight. A successful emergency landing was made at Izhma Airport, Russia but the aircraft overran the runway. All 81 passengers and crew escaped uninjured. The aircraft involved was repaired in 2011. [1]

  • 13 September — Conviasa Flight 2350, operated by ATR 42-400 (YV-1010) crashed shortly after take-off from Manuel Carlos Piar Guayana Airport, Ciudad Guayana, Venezuela on a domestic scheduled passenger flight to Del Caribe Santiago Mariño International Airport, Porlamar, Isla Margarita. The aircraft was carrying 47 passengers and crew. Initial reports suggest 24 survivors. [1]

  • 15 September — De Havilland Canada DHC-8-103B (LN-WIF) of Widerøes Flyveselskap was substantially damaged in a hard landing at Sandnessjøen Airport, Stokka when the undercarriage collapsed. The aircraft was operating a domestic scheduled passenger flight from Bodø Airport. [1]

  • 24 September — Wind Jet Flight 243, operated by Airbus A319-132 (EI-EDM), landed short of the runway at Punta Raisi Airport, Palermo, Italy after encountering a thunderstorm and windshear on approach. The aircraft was substantially damaged when it impacted the localizer. Both main undercarriage sets collapsed and the aircraft was evacuated by the emergency slides. Around 20 passengers were injured in the evacuation. [1]

  • 25 September — PIA Flight 782, carrying 273 people bound from Toronto for Karachi, landed at Stockholm's Arlanda Airport on September 2010 because of a “hoax” bomb threat on board. After evacuating the passengers from the plane, a thorough check was made to find any explosives, if present, on the aircraft. Police operation leader Stephan Radman said later that no explosives were found on board. [1]

  • 30 September — After Pakistani troops at a border post along the border with Afghanistan fire warning shots at NATO attack helicopters flying a combat mission over Afghan territory against Afghan insurgents near the border, the helicopters mistake them for insurgents and return fire, killing three Pakistanis. [1]

October 2010

  • 12 October — Transafrik International Flight 662, operated by Lockheed L-100 “Hercules” (5X-TUC) crashed into a mountain 19 miles (31 km) east of Kabul International Airport, Afghanistan, killing all eight crew. [1]

  • 28 October — A Eurocopter AS350 helicopter crashed in Antarctica, killing four people. [1]

  • 29 October — A terrorist plot to send bombs by air freight from Yemen to the United States via the United Kingdom is uncovered. [1]

November 2010

  • 4 November — Qantas Flight 32, operated by Airbus A380 (VH-OQA) suffered an uncontained engine failure over Batam Island, Indonesia. Falling debris injured one person on the ground. The aircraft dumped fuel and returned to Singapore Changi Airport, where a safe landing was made. [1]

  • 4 November — Aero Caribbean Flight 883, operated by an ATR 72 crashed at Guasimal, Sancti Spíritus, Cuba killing all 68 people on board. [1]

  • 5 November — A Jahangir Siddiqui Air Beechcraft 1900 crashed near Karachi, Pakistan, killing all 21 people on board. [1]

  • 10 November — An Israeli Air Force Lockheed Martin F-16I “Fighting Falcon” crashes in Makhtesh Ramon while on a training over the Negev desert in southern Israel, killing both the pilot and navigator of the plane. [1]

  • 28 November — Sun Way Flight 4412, operated by Ilyushin Il-76 “Candid” (4L-GNI) on a cargo flight crashed in a populated area of Karachi, Pakistan, shortly after taking off from Jinnah International Airport. All eight people on board were killed, as were a further two people on the ground. The aircraft was reported to have been trying to return to Jinnah after suffering an engine fire. [1]

December 2010

  • ? December — The Royal Australian Air Force retires the world's last operational General Dynamics F-111 “Aardvark”. [1]

  • 3 December — South East Airlines Flight 372, operated by Tupolev Tu-154M “Careless” (RA-85744) crashed on landing at Domodedovo International Airport, Moscow, Russia. Of the 168 people on board, two passengers were killed. The aircraft was written off. [1]

  • 15 December — A Tara Air flight operated by de Havilland Canada DHC-6 “Twin Otter” (9N-AFX) crashed into a mountain shortly after departure from Lamidanda Airport, Nepal. The aircraft was operating a chartered passenger flight to Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu, Nepal. All 19 passengers and crew were killed. [1]

  • 15 December — Last operation by a “Harrier Jump Jet”, from RAF Cottesmore. [1]

  • 28 December — Antonov An-22 “Antei” (RA-09343) of the Russian Air Force crashed at Krasny Oktaybr, Russia killing all twelve crew. The aircraft was on a positioning flight from Voronezh Airport to Tver-Migalovo Airport. [1]

2010 Aircraft First Flights

  • 29 January — First flight of the Sukhoi T-50 in Russia. [1]

  • 8 February — First flight of the Boeing 747-8 in the United States. [1]

Works Cited

  1. Timeline and History: Wikipedia. 2010 in Aviation

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