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On This Day: 2011

Aviation events for 2011

January 9: Iran Air Flight 277, crashes while performing a go-around at Urmia Airport killing 77 of the 106 people aboard, and injuring 26 people. A total of 28 people survived. The aircraft involved in the accident was a Boeing 727-286Adv.
January 10: AirAsia Flight 5218, operated by Airbus A320-216 9M-AHH, sustained substantial damage in a runway excursion accident at Kuching Airport, Malaysia. All 123 passengers and six crew members survived. The Flight from Kuala Lumpur Subang International Airport to Kuching Airport. The flight landed on Kuching's runway 25 in heavy rain around but skidded to the right and went off the side of the runway. It came to rest in the grass with the nose gear dug in or collapsed.
February 10: Manx2 Flight 7100 from Belfast, operated by Fairchild Swearingen Metroliner EC-ITP leased from Flightline BCN of Barcelona, overturns on its third attempt to land at Cork, Ireland in fog, killing six and injuring six.
February 15: United Airlines temporarily grounds all 96 of its Boeing 757 aircraft to check on a recent software upgrade that had not been performed to spec.
March 5: An Antonov An-148 crashes at Garbuzovo, Alxeevsky Region, Belgorod Oblast, Russia following an in-flight break-up. All six people on board are killed.
March 9: 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.
March 11: An 8.9 magnitude earthquake strikes off Japan’s northeast coast, generating a massive tsunami which sweeps away entire towns in Japan, washes out Sendai Airport and forces Tokyo’s Narita Airport to shut down.
March 20: First flight of Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental in Everett, Washington.
April 12: Air France Airbus A380 F-HPJD was involved in a ground collision with Comair Bombardier CRJ-700 N641CA AT John F. Kennedy International Airport, New York, spinning the latter through 90°. The Airbus sustained slight damage, whilst the CRJ-700 was substantially damaged.
June 20: Robert H. Widmer passes away. A designer of military aircraft that was renowned for his stubborn advocacy of revolutionary over incremental changes in aviation design. He worked for Consolidated Vultee, Convair, General Dynamics, Lockheed and Lockheed Martin. His designs include the PBY Catalina, The B-24 Liberator, The B-32 Dominator, The B-36 Peacemaker, the B-58 Hustler, the F-111, the F-16 Fighting Falcon and the Tomahawk Cruise Missile.
July 27: Asiana B747-400F, HL7604 crashes off of Jeju Island, enroute to Shanghai from ICN. Lithium batteries are a suspected culprit.
September 16: The North American P-51D Mustang The Galloping Ghost, flown by James K. "Jimmy" Leeward, crashes into box seats in front of the grandstand at the Reno Air Races at Reno Stead Airport north of Reno, Nevada. Leeward and 10 others are killed and 69 people are injured. It is the third-deadliest airshow accident in U.S. history and the deadliest aviation accident of any kind in the United States in two years.
September 26: Boeing delivers its first Boeing 787 Dreamliner to a customer, All Nippon Airways, at Paine Field in Washington.
September 27: All Nippon Airways flies the first delivery flight of a Boeing 787 Dreamliner, from Paine Field, Washington, to Tokyo International Airport.
October 10: Flying a modified Yakovlev Yak-3U powered by a Pratt & Whitney R-2000 engine, William Whiteside sets an official international speed record for piston-engined aircraft in the under-3,000 kg (6,615-pound) category, reaching 655 km/hr (407 mph) over a 3-km (1.863-mile) course at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah in the United States, greatly exceeding the previous record of 491 km/hr (305 mph) set in 2002 by Jim Wright.
November 1: LOT Polish Airlines Flight 016, a Boeing 767-300ER, makes a successful belly landing at Warsaw Chopin Airport in Warsaw, Poland, after its landing gear fails to extend. None of the 231 people on board are injured.

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