2009 in aviation

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This is a list of aviation-related events from 2009:

Events[edit]

During the year, the airlines Aeromak, City Link Air, FlyMontserrat, KentuckySkies, Mint Airways, and Trawel Fly are established, the airlines Air Arabia Maroc, Arik Niger, and Nile Air commence flight operations, and Sol Dominicana Airlines ceases operations.

January[edit]

4 January
5 January
  • C-GEAJ, an Antarctic Logistic Center International Basler BT-67, crashes on landing at Tony Camp, Antarctica. All four occupants survive but the aircraft is damaged beyond repair.[5]
6 January
  • Ted, a brand of the American airline United Airlines for their economy flights, is discontinued. Economy flights are rebranded under the main United Airlines brand.
9 January
10 January
11 January
13 January
15 January
US Airways Flight 1549
17 January
19 January
20 January
  • The Dominican Civil Aviation Institute suspends Caribair from operating for "operational irregularities".[12]
25 January
  • The operating licence of Swedish airline Nordic Airways is suspended, the Swedish Transport Agency stating that the airline is "no longer able to fulfill its commitments and duties to its passengers."[13]
27 January
29 January
  • The Australian airline MacAir Airlines enters voluntary administration and ceases operations.[15]
30 January
C-17A Globemaster III, 06-0002, "Spirit of the Air Force", on Bagram Air Base runway after inadvertent night belly-landing.

February[edit]

4 February
7 February
11 February
12 February
13 February
  • BA CityFlyer Flight 8456, an Avro RJ100, registration G-BXAR, is substantially damaged when the nosewheel collapses on landing at London City Airport. All 71 people on board are successfully evacuated via emergency chutes.[18]
14 February
16 February
18 February
20 February
22 February
  • The Australian airline SkyAirWorld suspends operations pending a restructure of its business.[22]
23 February
25 February
Turkish Airlines Flight 1951
28 February

March[edit]

3 March
6 March
9 March
12 March
13 March
19 March
20 March
  • Emirates Airline Flight 407, an Airbus A340-500, registration A6-ERG, suffers a tailstrike during its take-off run at Melbourne Airport, Australia. Although take off is achieved, the aircraft overruns the end of the runway and destroys some 200 metres (220 yd) of strobe lights on the ground. The damaged aircraft dumps fuel and makes a safe landing at Melbourne. The investigation found that an incorrect weight value was entered into the aircraft's computer, resulting in an incorrect calculated take-off speed.[31]
22 March
23 March
25 March
26 March
31 March

April[edit]

1 April
2 April
3 April
4 April
6 April
8 April
9 April
15 April
17 April
18 April
19 April
20 April
24 April
25 April
26 April
27 April
29 April

May[edit]

1 May
3 May
4 May
6 May
8 May
10 May
18 May
20 May
26 May
30 May

June[edit]

1 June
2 June
6 June
7 June
9 June
11 June
14 June
25 June
26 June
27 June
29 June
30 June

July[edit]

3 July
5 July
  • ZK-LGR, Britten-Norman Trislander operated by Great Barrier Airlines suffers an in-flight propeller disintegration, and débris penetrates the passenger cabin. An emergency landing is made at Great Barrier Aerodrome, New Zealand. No injuries are reported among the 11 people on board. The aircraft is substantially damaged.[49]
  • SU-TYB, an Antonov An-28 operated by El Dinder Aviation, is damaged beyond repair when the nosewheel collapses on landing at Saraf Omra Airfield, Sudan.[49]
13 July
Southwest Airlines Flight 2294
14 July
15 July
16 July
19 July
21 July
24 July
27 July
28 July
29 July

August[edit]

2 August
3 August
  • Saha Air Lines Flight 124, a Boeing 707-3J9C, registration EP-SHK, suffers engine fires in both port engines shortly after take-off from Ahwaz Airport, Iran. The fires are extinguished and a successful two-engine emergency landing is made back at the airport. The aircraft is substantially damaged.[53]
4 August
5 August
7 August
8 August
11 August
14 August
16 August
23 August
26 August
  • TN-AIA, an Antonov An-12 operated by of Aéro-Frêt, suffers an in-flight fire, breaks up in mid-air and crashes at Brazzaville, Democratic Republic of the Congo. All six people on board are killed.
27 August
29 August
31 August

September[edit]

1 September
2 September
3 September
4 September
7 September
8 September
  • The Russian airline KD Avia suspends flight operations.
9 September
11 September
13 September
14 September
18 September
19 September
22 September
24 September
28 September
29 September
30 September
  • The Serbian airline Jat Airways suspends flights due to a maintenance company refusing to work on their aircraft in a dispute over unpaid bills.[70]
  • American unmanned aerial vehicles have conducted 87 missile strikes against targets in Pakistan since the first recorded one on 14 June 2004. Seventy-six of them have occurred since 1 January 2008.[71]

October[edit]

2 October
9 October
15 October
17 October
21 October
22 October
23 October
24 October
26 October
27 October

November[edit]

1 November
3 November
5 November
7 November
10 November
11 November
12 November
14 November
18 November
19 November
20 November
  • Interlink Airlines commences first every passenger flights from Wonderboom Airport outside Pretoria, South Africa. This is the first time the South African capital is connected to other centres in South Africa, instead of using OR Tambo International, Johannesburg. Flights started with 737-200 aircraft, although the runway is inadequate for these aircraft, so severe weight penalties, supposed to use BAe146 aircraft in the near future. Currently flights only to Cape Town and Durban
23 November
24 November
27 November
28 November

December[edit]

2 December
3 December

T*he first Solar Impulse aircraft, HB-SIA, 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, a short hop of 350 meters (1,148 feet) at an altitude of 1 meter (3.28 feet) at Dubendorf, Switzerland.[100]

7 December
  • SA Airlink Flight 8625, operated by Embraer ERJ 135 ZS-SJW overruns the runway at George Airport, South Africa, arriving from Cape Town. The aircraft sustains substantial damage when it runs down a bank onto a road and may be declared a write-off.[101]

[102]

8 December
  • In the United Kingdom, Coventry Airport announces that it is to close with immediate effect due to its owners being wound up in the High Court.[103]
9 December
14 December
  • Cabin crew at British Airways vote overwhelmingly in favour of a planned 12 days of strike action over Christmas and the New Year in a dispute over job cuts and changes to staff contracts.[104] On 17 December the High Court rules that Unite, the representing trade union, had not correctly balloted its members on the strike action, meaning that the strikes could not go ahead.[105]
16 December
18 December
19 December
21 December
22 December
25 December
Wikinews has related news:

Northwest Airlines Flight 253, operated by Airbus A330-323E N820NW is subjected to an attempted terrorist attack. The terrorist, Nigerian Islamist Abdulfarouk Umar Muttalab, is overpowered by other passengers and is arrested when the aircraft lands at Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport.

Deaths[edit]

13 January
8 February
2 June
20 June
18 July

First flights[edit]

25 April
21 October
12 November
13 November
25 November
3 December
4 December
9 December
11 December
15 December

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