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This is a list of
aviation-related events from 2008:
January [ edit ]
2 January –
Asian Spirit Flight 321, an NAMC YS-11, overruns the runway while landing in Masbate City, Philippines. All 47 on board survive. [1 ] 4 January – A Transaven
Let L-410 Turbolet near the crashes Los Roques archipelago off Venezuela killing all 14 on board. [2 ] 10 January –
Air Canada Flight 190, an Airbus A319 experiences severe turbulence over the Canadian Rocky Mountains, injuring ten (six seriously) of the 88 on board, and is forced to divert and make an emergency landing at Calgary International Airport. [3 ] 11 January –
Airbus delivers its second A380 (MSN005) to Singapore Airlines. [4 ] 12 January – A
Macedonian Army Mil Mi-17 helicopter in thick fog southeast of crashes Skopje, killing all 11 military personnel on board. [5 ] 13 January – Suspended under 600 brightly colored
helium-filled party balloons, Brazilian priest Adelir Antonio de Carli lifts off from Ampere, Brazil, and reaches an altitude of 5,300 m (17,390 ft) before landing safely at San Antonio, Argentina, after a four-hour flight. [6 ] 17 January –
British Airways Flight 38, a Boeing 777-236ER with 152 people on board, lands short of the runway at London Heathrow Airport in the United Kingdom. Forty-seven people – of which nine receive medical treatment – suffer minor injuries, but there are no fatalities. The aircraft becomes the first Boeing 777 to be [7 ] written off. 23 January – A
Polish Air Force EADS CASA C-295M crashes near Mirosławiec, killing 20 Polish Air Force officers aboard, including Brigadier General Andrzej Andrzejewski. [8 ] 29 January - A missile strike by an American
unmanned aerial vehicle in North Waziristan, Pakistan, kills 13 people. Al-Qaeda senior leader Abu Laith al-Libi is among the dead. [9 ]
February [ edit ]
1 February – Mauricio Delfabro wins the 1st
FAI South American Gliding Championships and 55th National Gliding Championships of Argentina in Adolfo Gonzales Chaves in the mixed Open, 18m, 15m, and Standard Class, and Carlos Adrover becomes South American Club Class Champion. [10 ] [11 ] 3 February –
Silver State Helicopters ceases operations and enters bankruptcy. At the time of closing Silver State operated 194 helicopters from its 34 flight schools. [12 ] 6 February – First flight of the
New Zealand-designed Falcomposite Furio carbon-fibre kit aircraft [13 ] 8 February –
Eagle Airways , a Flight 2279 BAe Jetstream 32 is hijacked ten minutes after taking off from Blenheim, New Zealand by a passenger who attacked both pilots. The hijacker is eventually restrained by the co-pilot and the flight lands safely at Christchurch. All nine people on board survive the incident. [14 ] 14 February –
Belavia , a Flight 1834 Bombardier CRJ200, hits its left wing on the runway while taking off from Yerevan, Armenia. All 21 people on board escape the aircraft before it erupts into flames. [15 ] 21 February –
Santa Bárbara Airlines , an Flight 518 ATR 42-300, crashes shortly after taking off from Mérida, Venezuela, killing all 46 people on board. [16 ] 23 February – A
United States Air Force B-2 Spirit bomber shortly after takeoff from crashes Andersen Air Force Base in Guam. Both pilots eject from the plane before it crashes. [17 ] 27 February – A missile hits a house near Kaloosha in
South Waziristan, Pakistan, killing 12 people, many of them Islamic militants, and injuring several others. A Pakistani security official claims an American unmanned aerial vehicle operating over Afghanistan fired the missile. [18 ] 28 February –
Boston-Maine Airways, operating as Pan Am Clipper Connection, ceases operations.
3 April – An
Antonov An-28 operated by Blue Wing Airlines near crashes Benzdorp in Suriname. All nineteen on board are killed. 3 April –
ATA Airlines ceases operations due to bankruptcy. 5 April –
Skybus Airlines ceases operations, citing the poor economy and rising fuel prices. 8 April – An
Antonov An-26 operated by the Vietnam People's Air Force 's 918th Air Transport Regiment crashes near Hanoi. All five people on board die. 15 April – A
Hewa Bora Airways DC-9 commercial airplane crashes into a residential area of Goma in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. 20 April
Georgian unmanned aerial vehicle is shot down over Abkhazia. The [20 ] United Nations later agrees with Georgia 's claim that a Russian MiG-29 fighter shot it down, but Russia denies involvement. [21 ] [22 ] [23 ] In an effort to raise money for a spiritual rest stop for
truckers in Paranagua, Brazil, and to break the existing 19-hour record for a flight suspended by helium balloons, Brazilian priest Adelir Antonio de Carli lifts off from Paranagua for a flight inland to Dourados, over 725 km (450 mi) to the northwest, suspended under 1,000 brightly colored party balloons. Rising to as high as 20,000 feet (6,096 m), he is swept backward out over the Atlantic Ocean and disappears about eight hours after takeoff. Some of his balloons are found floating intact in the sea two days later, and his body will be found floating in the Atlantic 700 km (435 mi) northeast of Paranagua near Maricá, Brazil, on 4 July. [6 ] [24 ] 27 April –
Eos Airlines files for bankruptcy and ceases operations.
5 May – Facing dramatically increased prices for
jet fuel, United Airlines becomes the first airline to charge passengers for a second checked bag; traditionally, airlines had allowed passengers to check two bags at no additional charge. Other airlines soon join United in charging for a second checked bag. [25 ] [26 ] [27 ] 14 May – An American
RQ-1 Predator unmanned aerial vehicle fires a missile at a house in Damadola, Pakistan, killing senior al-Qaeda leader Abu Sulayman Al-Jazairi and at least 15 other people. [28 ] [29 ] 15 May –
Aloha Air Cargo commences operations as an independent airline after Aloha Airlines has ceased operations. 21 May –
Serbian Air Force J-22 Orao attack aircraft serial number 25114 from the 241st Fighter-Bomber Aviation Squadron of the 98th Air Base crashes near Baranda, Serbia. The pilot, Major Tomas Janik, ejects before the plane crashes. 30 May –
TACA Flight 390, an Airbus A320-233, crashed in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, with 5 casualties (two on the ground) and 65 injuries. 30 May – The British all-business-class airline
Silverjet ceases operations. It was the last all-business-class airline in service. 31 May –
Champion Air ceases operations, citing high fuel prices and fuel inefficiecy as the two mean reasons it is going out of business.
2 June –
Aeroméxico Travel, operated by Aeromexico, commences operations. 10 June – Fire engulfs
Sudan Airways Flight 109, an Airbus A310-300 carrying 214 people, after it crashes and breaks apart on landing at Khartoum International Airport in Khartoum, Sudan. Thirty of those on board die, and six are unaccounted for. 14 June – In attempt to kill
Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan leader Baitullah Mehsud, American unmanned aerial vehicles fire three missiles at a house in Makeen, South Waziristan, Pakistan, missing him but killing at least one person. [30 ]
2008 South Ossetia War – which has broken out the previous evening – President of North Ossetia–Alania Taimuraz Mamsurov claims that he has witnessed an early-morning attack by a number of Georgian Air Force Sukhoi Su-25 ground-attack aircraft on what he describes as a humanitarian aid convoy he is accompanying from Vladikavkaz, Russia, to South Ossetia. [35 ] [36 ] Later in the morning, Georgian sources report that three Russian
Sukhoi Su-24 attack aircraft have dropped two bombs close to a police station near Kareli, Georgia, and that the nearby city of [37 ] Gori has suffered a brief Russian air strike, with no casualties. Russian authorities reject these reports, [38 ] but Russian media report that Russian Su-24 bombers and [39 ] Sukhoi Su-27 fighters have gained complete control of the airspace above Tskhinvali, Georgia, during the Battle of Tskhinvali. [40 ] In addition, a Russian fighter drops two bombs on Georgia [41 ] 's Vaziani Military Base, killing three Georgian soldiers, [42 ] and Russian fighters also bomb a Georgian military airfield in [43 ] Marneuli, killing at least four people were killed and wounding another five. [44 ] 9 August
In a predawn attack, Russian planes bombed the Georgian military base at
Senaki, killing 13 Georgian soldiers, wounding another 13, and destroying most of the base. Later, two Russian fighters bomb Georgian artillery encampments near [45 ] Gori; the Georgian government reports that 60 civilians have been killed when at least one of the bombs hits an apartment building, [46 ] but the Russian military claims that three bombs hit an ammunition depot and that the façade of one of the adjacent apartment buildings has suffered damage as a result of exploding ammunition at the depot. [47 ] Reportedly, Russian aircraft also bomb [48 ] Poti, Georgia, and have started to bomb Georgia 's civilian and economic infrastructure. The Georgian government claims its forces have downed 10 Russian jets and captured three of their pilots, [49 ] but the [50 ] Russian General Staff confirms the loss of only two Russian jets, a Sukhoi Su-25 and a Tupolev Tu-22M. [51 ] Russia cuts off all air connections between Russia and Georgia.
Abkhazia begins aerial attacks on Georgian forces in the eastern part of the Kodori Valley. [53 ] 10 August – Georgia reports that Russian aircraft have struck
Tbilisi International Airport in Tbilisi, Georgia, just a few hours before the scheduled arrival there of French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner. The Russian Ministry of Defence dismisses the report, [54 ] as does Georgian State Minister for Reintegration Temur Iakobashvili, who says, "a factory that produces combat airplanes" was attacked rather than the airport. [55 ] [56 ] 11 August
Russia claims that the
Russian Federation Air Force has shot down two Georgian Air Force helicopters – a Mil Mi-8 and a Mil Mi-24 – at the Georgian air base at Senaki, and confirms that Russia has lost another two Su-25 jets. [57 ] The Russian General Staff claims that eight U.S. military transport flights have moved 800 Georgian troops and 11 tons of cargo were moved from
Iraq to Georgia. The Israeli newspaper [58 ] reports that the Maariv United States is supplying Georgia with arms, hiring Russian-made cargo planes belonging to UTI Worldwide Inc. to transport arms and ammunition redirected from Iraq to Tbilisi, Georgia. [59 ] 12 August – The Foreign Minister of
Abkhazia, Sergei Shamba, says that the Abkhazian Air Force has joined and Abkhaziam artillery in delivering missile and bomb strikes against Georgian forces in the upper part of the Kodori Gorge. [60 ] 13 August
15 August – A senior Russian military official said that five U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster IIIs have landed at Tbilisi Inyterational Airport, bringing unknown cargo to Georgia.
[65 ] 16 August – A ceasefire brings the South Ossetia War to an end.
17 August – All five crew and passengers are killed aboard two light aircraft that
collide in mid-air while on final approach to Coventry Airport in England. 20 August
27 August – A
Georgian unmanned aerial vehicle is shot down. [69 ] 28 August –
Zoom Airlines ceases operations due to financial struggles. 30 August – An American unmanned aerial vehicle-launched missile strike against a terrorist training camp in South Waziristan, Pakistan, kills two trainees holding
Canadian passports. Another strike destroys a house in Tappi in [70 ] North Waziristan, killing six and injuring eight. [71 ]
September [ edit ]
2 September –
ExpressJet Airlines ends operations as an independent carrier. 3 September -
Helicopter-borne American special operations forces make the first known U.S. incursion into Pakistan, attacking Islamic militants in South Waziristan. Pakistani officials report that 20 Pakistanis die in the raid. [72 ] 4 September - Firing from over
Afghanistan, an American unmanned aerial vehicle conducts a missile strike against an Islamic militant hideout in Char Khel in North Waziristan, Pakistan, killing four people. [73 ] 5 September – An American unmanned aerial vehicle missile strike against a group of houses in southern Afghanistan kills between six and 12 people.
[74 ] 8 September
An American unmanned aerial vehicle conducts a missile
strike against a house rented by the Al-Badr organization on the outskirts of Miranshah, North Waziristan, Pakistan, killing 12 people and injuring 14. [78 ] The British
charter airline XL Airways UK, a subsidiary of the XL Leisure Group, ceases operations with immediate effect, due to a deteriorating financial position. 90,000 Britons holidaying abroad are left stranded. It had been the 3rd largest package holiday group in the UK. XL Airways France and Germany are sold and continue operations. 14 September –
Aeroflot Flight 821, operated by Aeroflot Nord, crashes on approach to Perm Airport, killing all 82 passengers and six crew members. Following the accident and concerns about safety procedures, Aeroflot chief executive Valery Okulov announces Awefolfot will be stripping Aeroflot-Nord of the right to use the brand name Aeroflot and would be severing all ties between the companies. 17 September - An American unmanned aerial vehicle attack in
Baghar Cheena, South Waziristan, Pakistan, kills five Islamic militants, including al-Qaeda operative Abu Ubaidah al Tunisi. [79 ] [80 ] 23 September - A Pakistani security official claims than an American unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) has been shot down over
Angoor Adda, South Waziristan, Pakistan, but the United States denies having lost any UAVs. [81 ] 26 September –
Yves Rossy, Swiss airline pilot and former fighter pilot, crosses the English Channel with his homemade jet-powered wing strapped on his back. 30 September - An American unmanned aerial vehicle strikes the house of a local
Pakistani Taliban leader near Mir Ali, North Waziristan, Pakistan, killing at least six people and injuring up to nine. [82 ]
October [ edit ]
3 October - A missile strike by an American
unmanned aerial vehicle against a house in Mohammed Khel, North Waziristan, Pakistan, kills 21 people, many of them apparently Islamic militants. [83 ] 8 October –
Yeti Airlines Flight 103 crashes on final approach to Tenzing-Hillary Airport in Lukla, Nepal, killing 18 of the 19 people on board. [84 ] 9 October - A missile strike by an American unmanned aerial vehicle against a house outside
Miranshah, North Waziristan, Pakistan, kills at least six people. [85 ] 11 October - An American unmanned aerial vehicle conducts a missile strike against a compound in North Waziristan, Pakistan, killing five people and injuring two.
[86 ] 16 October - A missile strike by an American unmanned aerial vehicle against
Taparghai, South Waziristan, Pakistan, kills senior al-Qaeda operative Khalid Habib and three other people. [87 ] [88 ] 22 October - A suspected American unmanned aerial vehicle-launched missile strikes a village near Miranshah, Pakistan, apparently targeting
Jalaluddin Haqqani misses him but kills four people. [89 ] 23 October - A missile fired by an American unmanned aerial vehicle kills seven students at a religious school in
Dande Darpakhel, North Waziristan, Pakistan. [90 ] 26 October - A missile fired by an American unmanned aerial vehicle destroys a house in
Mandatta, South Waziristan, Pakistan, owned by senior Taliban leader Mohammed Omar, killing 20 people. [90 ] 31 October
A missile strike by one or more American unmanned aerial vehicles destroys a house in
Wana, South Waziristan, Pakistan, killing seven people including six Islamic militants. [91 ] Four missiles fired by American unmanned aerial vehicles kill 20 people in North Waziristan, Pakistan, including al-Qaeda operative
Mohammad Hasan Khalil al-Hakim, killed in a strike on his car. [92 ]
November [ edit ]
7 November – Four missiles fired by one or more American
unmanned aerial vehicles strike an al-Qaeda training camp in Kumsham, North Waziristan, Pakistan, killing up to 14 people. [93 ] 14 November – An American unmanned aerial vehicle missile strike near
Miranshah, North Waziristan, Pakistan, kills 12 people. [94 ] 19 November – Al-Qaeda operative
Abdullah Azam al-Saudi is among five people killed in a missile strike by one or more American unmanned aerial vehicles in the Bannu District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. [95 ] 22 November – A missile strike by an American unmanned aerial vehicle on a house in
Ali Khel outside Miranshah, North Waziristan, Pakistan, kills al-Qaeda operatives Rashid Rauf and Abu Zubair al-Masri and three other people. [96 ] 29 November – An American unmanned aerial vehicle-launched missile strike on a village near Miranshah, North Waziristan, Pakistan, kills three people.
December [ edit ]
11 December – A missile fired by an American
unmanned aerial vehicle strikes a house in a madrassa in Azam Warzak, South Waziristan, Pakistan, killing seven Islamic militants. [98 ] 15 December – A missile strike by an American unmanned aerial vehicle against a house in
Tapi Tool, North Waziristan, Pakistan, kills two people. [99 ] 20 December – After hearing a bumping or rattling sound near the end of their takeoff roll at
Denver International Airport in Denver, Colorado, the flight crew of Continental Airlines Flight 1404, a Boeing 737–524 with 115 people on board, aborts their takeoff. The plane veers off the runway and crashes. There are no fatalities, but 38 people on board are injured, two of them critically, and the aircraft is written off. 22 December – A missile strike by an American unmanned aerial vehicle in South Waziristan, Pakistan, kills at least eight people.
January [ edit ]
February [ edit ]
6 March –
Albert William Baker, 89, Canadian aviator and aeronautical engineer. 15 March –
Vicki Van Meter, 26, American pilot, youngest-pilot distance-flying record setter; committed suicide. [102 ] 20 March –
Ann Baumgartner, 89, first American woman to fly a jet. [103 ] 25 March –
Jimmy Dell, 83, British test pilot 26 March -
Wally Phillips, 82, World War II United States Army Air Forces veteran who later became a radio personality.
September [ edit ]
October [ edit ]
First flights [ edit ]
December [ edit ]
Enter Into Service (EIS) [ edit ]
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