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This is a list of
aviation-related events from 1998:
January [ edit ]
February [ edit ]
February 2 –
Cebu Pacific Flight 387, a McDonnell Douglas DC-9-32, crashes into a mountain near Pagalungan in the Philippines. All of the 104 passengers and crew members are killed. February 3 – A
United States Marine Corps EA-6B Prowler electronic warfare aircraft of Marine Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron 2 (VMAQ-2) (VMAQ-2) strikes a cable supporting the aerial tramway at Cavalese, Italy, causing one of the tramway 's cars to plunge over 80 meters (262 feet) to the ground, killing all 20 people in the car. The Prowler lands safely. February 6 –
President Bill Clinton signs legislation changing the name of Washington National Airport in Arlington, Virginia, to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. [1 ] February 16 –
China Airlines Flight 676, an Airbus A300-60DR, crashes into a residential area while attempting to land in Taipei, Taiwan. All 196 people on board are killed, in addition to seven more on the ground. Among the dead is the president of Taiwan's central bank, Sheu Yuan-dong. February 20 –
Trans World Airlines retires the last of its Boeing 747 airliners, making the Boeing 767 its main intercontinental aircraft. [2 ]
May 5 – An
Occidental Petroleum Boeing 737-282 crashes on approach to Alférez FAP Alfredo Vladimir Sara Bauer Airport in Peru, killing 75 people on board. [3 ] May 25 – Three armed men belonging to the
Baloch Students Organization hijack Pakistan International Airlines Flight 544, a Fokker F27 Friendship with 35 other people on board, just after takeoff from Gwadar International Airport in Gwadar, Pakistan, and attempt to force it to fly to New Delhi, India, but Pakistan Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons force the airliner to land at Hyderabad Airport in Hyderabad, Pakistan. After seven hours, Pakistani Army commandos storm the plane early on May 26 and arrest the hijackets without injury to anyone. May 26 – An
MIAT Mongolian Airlines Antonov An-24 crashes into a mountain near Erdenet, Mongolia. All 28 people on board die.
August 6 – The
NASA Pathfinder-Plus unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) sets a national altitude record for both solar-powered and propeller-driven aircraft, reaching 80,201 feet (24,445 meters) during a flight from the United States Navy 's Pacific Missile Range Facility on Kauai, Hawaii. August 21 – An
Insitu Aerosonde named Laima becomes the first UAV to cross the Atlantic Ocean, completing the flight in 26 hours. August 21 – A Lumbini Airways
de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter crashes in a mountainous region near Ghorepani, Nepal. All of the 18 people on board are killed. August 24 –
Myanma Airways Flight 635, a Fokker F27 Friendship, crashes in Manibagi, Myanmar, during poor weather while on approach to Tachilek Airport in Tachilek, Myanmar (Burma), killing all 36 people on board. It has been reported that there may have been survivors that were tortured to death by local villagers that thought the aircraft carried military personnel. August 29 – A
Cubana de Aviación Tupolev Tu-154 crashes during takeoff into buildings in Quito, Ecuador. Seventy-five of the 90 people on board die, as do 10 people on the ground.
September [ edit ]
October [ edit ]
Continental Airlines receives its first Boeing 777-200ER aircraft, allowing it to make non-stop flights from Newark International Airport in New Jersey and George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston, Texas, to Tokyo, Japan, and from Newark to Tel Aviv, Israel. October 1 –
United States Navy Boeing E-6 Mercury TACAMO aircraft replace United States Air Force Boeing EC-135C aircraft in carrying out Operation Looking Glass for United States Strategic Command. October 8 –
Oslo Airport, Fornebu, closes, traffic moving to Oslo Airport, Gardermoen. October 10 – A
Strela 2 ( NATO reporting name "SA-7 Grail") surface-to-air missile fired by rebel forces strikes a Lignes Aériennes Congolaises Boeing 727-100 three minutes after the airliner takes off from Kindu Airport in Kindu, Democratic Republic of the Congo. While the flight crew is attempting to return to the airport for an emergency landing, the airliner crashes in dense jungle, killing all 41 people on board. October 21 –
Trans World Airlines announces that it will acquire four Boeing 757s and one Boeing 767-300ER. The purchase will increase the airline's fleet to 27 Boeing 757s and five Boeing 767-300ERs by January 2000. [2 ]
November [ edit ]
November 13 –
U.S. President Bill Clinton orders air attacks against Iraq because of an Iraqi refusal to allow United Nations weapons inspectors to work in Iraq. [8 ] November 14 – Clinton rescinds his order for air attacks on Iraq after Iraq agrees to allow United Nations weapons inspectors to resume their work. The aircraft are already in the air, but abort their attacks.
[8 ] November 24 –
Gaza International Airport opens in Gaza City as the first international airport in the Gaza Strip.
December [ edit ]
December 9 –
Trans World Airlines announces the largest aircraft order in its history, for 125 Boeing 717, Airbus A328, and Airbus A320 family aircraft and options on an additional 125 airliners. [2 ] December 10 – Captain Michael VandenBos of the Canadian
Snowbirds aerobatic team dies in a midair collision between two CT-114 Tutors during training near Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada. December 11 –
Thai Airways International Flight 261, an Airbus A310-300, crashes on its third attempt to land at Surat Thani Airport near Surat Thani, Thailand, in heavy rain, killing 101 of the 146 people on board and leaving all 45 survivors injured. December 15 –
France suspends its participation in the Operation Southern Watch no-fly zone over southern Iraq, arguing that the operation has continued for too long and is ineffective. [9 ] December 16 – Citing Iraq 's failure to comply with
United Nations Security Council Resolutions, U.S. President Bill Clinton orders Operation Desert Fox, a four-day air campaign against targets all over Iraq. The operation begins an increased level of combat in the Operation Southern Watch no-fly zone which will lasted until the invasion of Iraq in March 2003. [9 ] December 30 – Iraqi
2K12 Kub ( NATO reporting name "SA-6 Gainful") surface-to-air missile sites fire at American aircraft. U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons bomb the sites in response. [9 ]
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References [ edit ]
^ "Today in History", The Washington Post Express, February 6, 2014, p. 30.
^ a b c d TWA History Timeline
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^ Swatman, Rachel, "German man celebrates longest birthday ever by travelling across time zones," guinessworldrecords.com, August 4, 2015,
^ Waxman, Olivia B., "This Genius Figured Out How to Have the Longest Birthday Ever," time.com, August 6, 2015.
^ Chakrabarti, Suchandrika, "Longest birthday celebration ever: German man crossed International Date Line to set record with 46-hour bash," mirror.co.uk, 8 August 2015, 15:48.
^ "Stowaway survives Honduras-to-Miami flight at 33,000 feet". Ocala Star-Banner . Retrieved . 24 April 2014
^ a b GlobalSecurity.org Operation Southern Watch 1996 Events
^ a b c John Pike. "Operation Southern Watch". Globalsecurity.org . Retrieved . 19 May 2011