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This is a list of aviation-related events from 2017:

Civil Aviation[edit]

In 2017, airlines launched more than 3,500 routes led by Ryanair with 278 followed by Eurowings with 125 and Wizz Air with 104, mostly in US with 971, 464 in Germany and 425 in Spain, the airports with most new routes were Munich with 55, Frankfurt with 51, Birmingham and London Stansted with 47.[1]

Events[edit]

January[edit]

1 January
2 January
3 January
4 January
  • Libyan Air Force aircraft supporting the National Salvation Government in the Libyan Civil War strike the Government of National Accord-controlled Al Jufra Air Base for a second day. During the two days of strikes against the base, they claim to have destroyed a C-130 Hercules carrying ammunition and troops loyal to Islamic militant militia forces in Misrata, Libya, and a militia leadership meeting, killing one person and injuring eight who were attending the meeting.[5][relevant? ]
  • Six days after the beginning of a nationwide ceasefire in the Syrian Civil War, Syrian government helicopters fire rockets at and drop at least 15 barrel bombs on rebel-held areas in Syria′s Barada river valley. Residents of the valley report that air raids have occurred daily in the era since the ceasefire began.[6][relevant? ]
6 January
7 January
8 January
  • Helicopters deliver U.S. special operations forces to an area near Deir ez-Zor, Syria, where they conduct a ground raid targeting an Islamic State leader the United States hopes to capture and interrogate. They stop a ground vehicle the Islamic State leader is riding in, and he and another Islamic State member die in an ensuring firefight. The U.S. troops suffer no casualties and spend 90 minutes on the ground before departing by helicopter, bringing with them the bodies of the slain Islamic State members as well as other Islamic State personnel they have captured.[10][relevant? ]
  • A U.S. airstrike in Syria kills Abu Anas al-Iraqi, a senior Islamic State leader.[11][relevant? ]
11 January
12 January
13 January
16 January
17 January
18 January
20 January
21 January
  • The United States conducts two unmanned aerial vehicle strikes against cars in the As Sawma'ah District of Yemen′s al Bayda Governorate. One kills one man and the other two men, all of whom are members of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). AQAP area field commander Abu Anis al-Abi is among the dead.[22][23][24][25][relevant? ]
22 January
24 January
  • The Islamic State announces that it has formed an "Unmanned Aircraft of the Mujahideen" unit which operates a fleet of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) armed with bombs. The group claims that it is using the UAVs to conduct a sustained bombardment of Mosul, Iraq, and that its UAV bombing campaign has killed or wounded 39 Iraqi Army soldiers.[27][relevant? ]
25-26 January
27 January
28 January
30 January
  • U.S. President Donald Trump says that he has been able to get Lockheed Martin to agree to reduce the total price of the next batch of 90 F-35A Lightning II aircraft it will manufacture by US$600 million. A U.S. Department of Defense spokesman says that the reduction will amount to a per-plane price reduction of 6 to 7 percent, translating to a reduction of between US$6.1 million and US$7.1 million per plane and of between US$549 million and US$630 million for the 90 planes combined.[37]

February[edit]

3 February
6 February
7 February
8 February
9 February
  • U.S. airstrikes support a joint U.S.-Afghan raid against Taliban forces in Sangin District in Afghanistan′s Helmand Province. On 12 February, an Afghan official will claim that the airstrikes killed 22 Afghan civilians, while the United Nations mission in Afghanistan will place the civilian death toll at at least 18. In response, the U.S. military will launch an investigation of the claims of civilian deaths.[42][relevant? ]
  • A Russian airstrike intended to hit an Islamic State target accidentally hits a building in use by Turkish troops in northern Syria near al-Bab. The strike kills three Turkish soldiers and wounds 11 others.[43][relevant? ]
12 February
13 February
15 February
  • Aircraft of the Saudi-led coalition strike the home of a tribal leader in Ashira, Yemen, north of Sana'a, during a gathering there by mourners to offer condolences to the family of a woman who had died. The strike destroys the home, killing nine women and a child and injuring dozens of other civilians. The following day, coalition officials announce that they will investigate the strike to determine if it deliberately targeted civilians.[48][relevant? ]
17 February
18 February
21 February
23 February
24 February
26 February
27 February
28 February

March[edit]

1 March
2 March
  • Manned and unmanned U.S. aircraft conduct 25 strikes against al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) targets in Yemen′s Abyan, Bayda, and Shabwah governorates. One strike, against a car in the Mowjan area of Bayda Governorate, reportedly kills five AQAP members including some senior leaders, and local media claim that the strikes combine to kill "hundreds" of AQAP personnel.[62]
2-3 March (overnight)
  • U.S. manned and unmanned aircraft conduct at least five strikes against al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) targets in Yemen. Among the targets is a house in the al-Saeed area of Shabwa Governorate believed to belong to senior AQAP area commander Saad Atef; his home is amng several houses damaged by air-to-ground missiles, reportedly killing 12 AQAP personnel, although Atef′s fate is unknown.[63]
4 March
9 March
10 March
13 March
  • Angry with the Government of the Netherlands over its refusal to allow Turkish diplomats to engage in political campaigning in the Netherlands among Turkish citizens there in support of a referendum in Turkey scheduled for 16 April 2017 that would increase the powers of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, as well as the treatment Turkish diplomats received from Dutch authorities while attempting to engage in such campaigning, the Government of Turkey announces a number of sanctions against the Netherlands, including the closing of Turkish airspace to Dutch diplomats. Among other things, the closing of the airspace prevents the Dutch ambassador to Turkey from returning to Turkey after a trip to the Netherlands.[69]
14 March
16 March
17 March
  • According to local residents, an airstrike by the U.S.-led coalition against two Islamic State snipers in a building in Mosul, Iraq, kills a reported 137 people sheltering in one building. The coalition will later respond that it is investigating conflicting allegations of an airstrike in the area between 17 and 23 March that inflicted civilian casualties. The Iraqi armed forces neither confirm nor deny conducting a strike in the area, but say that the Islamic State is forcing civilians to remain in buildings while they fight coalition forces from the rooftops, hoping to turn world opinion against the coalition when airstrikes and other military operations targeting the Islamic State forces kill the civilians.[70] A United States Department of Defense study of the incident released on 25 May 2017 will conclude that a 500-pound (227-kg) GBU-38 Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) that struck the building detonated explosives stored there by the Islamic State, causing the building to collapse and killing the two snipers and 105 civilians, and that an additional 36 alleged civilian deaths in the explosion and collapse could not be confirmed;[72] local residents will respond by disputing that explosives were stored in the building.[73]
  • Syria fires surface-to-air missiles (SAMs) at Israeli Air Force jets returning to Israel from an overnight strike against what Israel′s Channel 10 says was a ground convoy in central Syria carrying weapons destined for Hezbollah. The Government of Syria claims that the Israelis targeted several sites in central Syria near Palmyra and that Syrian antiaircraft batteries shot down one Israeli plane, damaged another, and forced the rest to flee, but Israel says that the Syrian claims are false and that all its aircraft returned safely. Israel uses its Arrow missile in combat for the first time, shooting down one of the Syrian SAMs.[74]
  • An attack helicopter fires on a boat with 140 people on board carrying Yemeni refugees from Yemen to Sudan at the mouth of the Red Sea off the coast of Yemen, reportedly killing at least 40 people and injuring about 80 others. Houthi rebels in Yemen claim that an AH-64 Apache helicopter operated by the Saudi-led coalition fighting rebel forces in Yemen conducted the attack. The coalition has claimed that the Houthis smuggle weapons into Yemen via the Red Sea.[75]
  • Two Cessna 152s (registration C-FGOI and C-GPNP), each carrying a pilot from China flying solo, collide over Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville, Quebec, Canada, and crash on the grounds of the Promenades Saint-Bruno shopping mall. C-FGOI crashes into the mall′s parking lot, killing its pilot, while C-GPNP crashes onto the mall′s roof, seriously injuring its pilot.
18 March
  • A 39-year-old man assaults a police officer during a traffic stop for speeding in the northeastern suburbs of Paris, hijacks a woman′s car at gunpoint, and drives to Paris Orly Airport, where he confronts a team of three soldiers of France′s Sentinel anti-terrorism force. After he tackles a female member of the Sentinel team, seizes her assault rifle, and points it at the other two soldiers, the other two soldiers shoot and kill him. About 3,000 passengers are evacuated from Orly′s south terminal, while those in the airport′s west terminal are confined temporarily. All air traffic into Orly also is suspended temporarily.[76]
19 March
  • A U.S. unmanned aerial vehicle carries out an air-to-ground missile strike in Afghanistan′s Paktika Province that kills al-Qaeda leader Qari Yasin and three of his companions. The U.S. Department of Defense will announce the strike and its results on 25 March.[77]
20 March
21 March
22 March
24 March
  • A night airstrike probably conducted by Syrian Arab Air Force aircraft hits a rebel-operated women′s prison in Idlib, Syria, killing at least 16 people, including prison staff and prisoners. Some of the imprisoned women reportedly survive the air raid and try to take advantage of the strike to escape from the prison but are shot to death by prison guards.[87]
25 March
  • During an ongoing rebel offensive, Syrian Arab Air Force aircraft conduct airstrikes against rebel forces and rebel-held areas in the suburbs of Damascus, Idlib Governorate, and Hama Governorate. Some activists claim that Russian aircraft also take part in the strikes. One strike hits a main street in Hamouriyah, killing at least 16 people – one report puts the death toll at at least 18 – and wounding more than 50. In Idlib Governorate, strikes hit the provincial capital, Idlib, and several other towns and villages, reportedly killing and wounding dozens of people; one of the strikes hits a clinic in Kafr Nabl.[87]
26 March
27 March
  • A spokesman for United States Central Command announces that the U.S. military is not considering changes to its airstrike policies in combating the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria despite reported increases in civilian deaths due to U.S. strikes.[35] United States Secretary of Defense James Mattis says that no country does more than the United States to avoid civilian casualties, adding, "We go out of our way to always do everything humanly possible to reduce the loss of life or injury among innocent people. The same cannot be said for our adversaries, and that is up to you [i.e., the press] to sort out."[35]
28 March
  • The United Kingdom-based group AirWars announces that of 1,257 claimed civilian deaths in Iraq and Syria in airstrikes by the U.S. coalition since 1 March, it considers a record 337 of them to be "fair," which it defines as corroborated by at least two generally reliable sources and alleged to have taken place in areas where coalition airstrikes are known to have occurred at the time of the reported civilian deaths.[61]
  • Peruvian Airlines Flight 112, a Boeing 737-3M8 (registration OB-2036-P), suffers the collapse of all three of its landing gear legs upon landing at Francisco Carle Airport in Jauja, Peru, slides off the runway, striking the airport′s perimeter fence, and is destroyed by fire. All 150 people on board survive, but 39 suffer injuries.
29 March
30 March
31 March

April[edit]

3 April
  • During a counteroffensive by Syrian government forces to retake areas lost to rebels in March, Syrian aircraft conduct airstrikes against rebel-held areas around Damascus and in Hama, Syria. A strike in Douma reportedly kills at least 16 people.[95]
4 April
5 April
  • Zunum Aero announces that it is working with Boeing HorizonX and JetBlue Technology Ventures to develop electric aircraft that could compete with private automobiles, trains, and buses on trips of up to 1,000 miles (1,610 km) in terms both of operating costs for airlines and the cost and time of travel for passengers. The company envisions electric aircraft capable of seating 10 to 50 passengers that would operate at lower speeds and altitudes than current commercial aircraft but allow airlines to operate profitably from local airports that had lost airline service as airlines consolidated passengers onto larger aircraft to save on operating costs. The company also envisions the new generation of aircraft drawing people away from cars, buses, and trains by allowing airlines to offer lower fares and by operating from general aviation airports with passengers loading their baggage into the planes directly from their cars without going through time-consuming security lines or having to change planes at airline hubs. Zunum Aero hopes its aircraft can begin service by the early 2020s, although some independent observers doubt that such service could begin before 2030 and perhaps not before 2050.[100]
6 April
7 April
  • Syrian Arab Air Force aircraft resume operations from Shayrat Air Base.[107]
  • In response to the U.S. cruise missile strike against Shayrat Air Base the previous day, Russia suspends its agreement to cooperate with the United States in avoiding hostile encounters with one another over Syria. It also claims that only 23 of the 59 missiles fired had hit their targets, and that they had destroyed only six Syrian aircraft – all MiG-23s (NATO reporting name "Flogger") undergoing repairs – a radar station, and a few buildings.[108]
  • The U.S.-led coalition has conducted at least 20 strikes against Islamic State targets in Syria over the previous 24 hours.[98]
8 April
  • Syrian Arab Air Force and Russian Federation Air Force aircraft strike targets in rebel-held areas in Syria′s Aleppo, Damascus, Daraa, and Idlib governorates, killing civilians in all four governorates. During the day, Syrian aircraft again strike Khan Shaykhun, the site of the 6 April chemical attack, using only conventional weapons, killing one woman and wounding several other people there.[107]
9 April
  • After no one volunteers to give up his or her seat to make room aboard overbooked United Express Flight 3411 – an Embraer 170 with 70 passengers aboard operated by Republic Airline boarding at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago, Illinois, for a flight to Louisville, Kentucky – to make room for four United Airlines emlpoyees requiring transportation to Louisville, United employees select four passengers to be involuntarily bumped from the flight. Three comply, but the fourth, David Dao, refuses. After United employees deem Dao "disruptive" and "belligerent," Chicago Department of Aviation security officers board the plane, slam a screaming Dao′s head against an armrest, and drag him from his seat, apparently unconscious. After the United employees take the vacated seats, Dao reboards the airliner with a bloody face, collapses, and is removed on a stretcher. The incident is captured on video and causes outrage. Although United chief executive officer Oscar Munoz initially defends his employees′ actions, he apologizes two days later and promises such an incident will not occur again.
10 April
  • The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) drops its 2013 proposal to allow passengers to use cellphones during the cruise portion of airline fights. Although then-FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler had argued in 2013 that advances in flight communications had minimized the danger of cellphone signals interfering with pilot radios, making prohibitions on cellphone use at cruising altitude unnecessary, although cellphone use during takeoff, climb, descent, and landing would remain prohibited. Wheeler′s proposal has never been instituted, and current FCC Chairman Ajit Pai withdraws it, arguing that noisy telephone calls aboard airliners would annoy passengers and cabin crews.[109]
  • Researchers at Wichita State University and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University release an annual report on the quality of the performance of airlines in the United States which finds – based on statistics compiled by the United States Department of Transportation regarding airline on-time performance, baggage-handling, involuntary bumping of passengers from oversold flights, and passenger complaints filed with the United States Government – that U.S. airlines improved their on-time performance (defined by the U.S. Government as arriving no more than 14 minutes late) in 2016 compared to 2015 and lost fewer pieces of luggage, and that customers filed fewer complaints in 2016 than in 2015, despite popular opinion that the quality of airline service is declining. On-time performance rose from 79.9 percent in 2015 to 81.4 percent in 2016 (with only American Airlines, JetBlue, and Virgin America seeing drops in performance among 12 leading U.S. airlines); lost, stolen, or delayed luggage dropped 17 percent; the bumping of passengers dropped 18 percent; and complaints to the U.S. Government dropped by about one-fifth (with only Hawaiian Airlines and Virgin America seeing increases in complaints). Overall, the researchers rank Alaska Airlines as the highest performer and Delta Air Lines second, and Frontier Airlines as the lowest performer, with Spirit Airlines second-lowest. The statistics do not include delayed flights that arrive within 14 minutes of their scheduled arrival time, passengers who voluntarily give up their seats on overbooked flights in exchange for compensation, or complaints filed directly with airlines.[110]
11 April
13 April
18 April
  • A Saudi Arabian military Black Hawk helicopter crashes in Yemen′s Ma'rib Governorate, killing 12 Saudi military personnel. Some reports blame the crash on "friendly fire."[115]
  • Flying in adverse weather, a Turkish police helicopter carrying seven police officers, a judge, a soldier, and three crew members crashes in mountainous terrain ten minutes after takeoff from Pulumur in eastern Turkey, killing all 12 people on board.[116]
20 April
22 April
  • According to a Syrian Observatory for Human Rights report, airstrikes – presumably conducted by the Syrian Arab Air Force or Russian Federation Air Force – hit an underground medical center in Abdin, Syria. The Observatory later also reports that land-based missiles hit the facility. The attacks kill at least three medical staff members.[120]
25 April
26 April
27 April
29 April
30 April
  • The United States Department of Defense releases a statement saying that airstrikes the U.S.-led coalition conducted against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria during March killed 45 civilians, mostly in and around Mosul, Iraq.[131]
  • Two days of French military operations against Islamic militants in the Foulsare forest in Mali′s Gao Region as part of Operation Barkhane conclude. French airstrikes have supported the operations, in which French forces have killed or captured 20 militants.[129]

May[edit]

1 May
3 May
  • Over Lindtorp Airfield west of Aarhus, Denmark, a skydiver becomes entangled in a cable under the plane he jumped from at an altitude of 2,500 feet (762 meters). After the pilot learns from ground control of the skydiver′s entanglement, he circles over the airfield for nearly an hour to burn fuel, before landing on a grass runway covered with firefighting foam to lessen the impact of the landing on the skydiver. Although dragged along the ground for 200 meters (656 feet) when the plane lands, the skydiver suffers only minor injuries.[134]
  • Airlink makes the first commercial airline flight with paying passengers in history to Saint Helena in the South Atlantic Ocean, a charter flight from Cape Town, South Africa, via Moçâmedes, Angola, to Saint Helena Airport using an Avro RJ85 to pick up passengers stranded when the island′s only link with the outside world, the British Royal Mail Ship RMS St Helena, suffers propeller damage. The flight returns to Cape Town the same day with a stop at Windhoek, Namibia.[135] No commercial airliner lands at Saint Helena Airport again until October, when Airlink begins the first scheduled commercial airline service in the island′s history.[136]
4 May
5 May
6 May
  • A renewable six-month agreement between Iran, Russia, and Turkey establishing "de-escalation zones" in four rebel-held areas of Syria – a "Zone 1" consisting of Idlib Governorate and portions of northeastern Latakia Governorate, western Aleppo Governorate, and northern Hama Governorate; a "Zone 2" that covers an enclave in northern Homs Governorate; a "Zone 3" in eastern Ghouta north of Damascus; and a "Zone 4" in parts of Deraa Governorate and Quneitra Governorate along the border with Jordan – goes into effect, providing for the cessation of hostilities in the zones and the delivery of humanitarian aid to civilians in the zones. Under the agreement, the Syrian Arab Air Force will refrain from flying over the zones. The Russian Federation Air Force will continue to fly over them, but will not conduct airstrikes in them except against the Islamic State and al-Qaeda-linked groups. Russian officials indicate that at least another month will pass before maps detailing the boundaries of the de-escalation zones are issued and the de-escalation zones can come fully into force.[140] Russia orders U.S. aircraft to stay out of the de-escalation zones, but the United States replies that the zones will not hinder it from striking Islamic State targets, and the United States and Russia resume use of a hotline to deconflict their air operations over Syria.[141]
  • Syrian attack helicopters drop three barrel bombs on rebel-held al-Lataminah, Syria.[142]
10 May
  • Five days before it is scheduled to make its first delivery of its new Boeing 737 MAX airliner to a customer, Boeing halts test flights and grounds the aircraft due to quality problems in a large metal disc used in the low-pressure turbine at the rear of the aircraft′s CFM International LEAP-1B engines.[143]
15 May
  • In a tandem skydive from an altitude of 15,000 feet (4,572 meters) over an airfield at Honiton, Devon, England, Bryson William Verdun Hayes becomes the oldest person to skydive, making the jump at the age of 101 years 38 days. His son, grandson, great-grandson, and great-granddaughter also jump. Making the jump to raise money to benefit The Royal British Legion, Hayes breaks the previous record set by Armand Gendreau, who made a skydiving jump on 27 June 2014 at the age of 101 years three days.[144]
16 May
  • The first Boeing 737 MAX, a 737 MAX 8, is delivered to Malindo Air, which plans to debut it in revenue service.[145]
  • Canada′s Minister of Transport, Marc Garneau, announces a new airline passenger "bill of rights" that includes new regulations prohibiting airlines from removing passengers involuntarily from overbooked flights, requiring them instead to offer a minimum level of compensation for voluntarily giving up their seats and then increasing that compensation until enough passengers accept it and leave their seats voluntarily. The new regulations, which also set minimum compensation levels for damaged baggage, will apply to all domestic flights in Canada and to international flights arriving in or departing from the country. The Canadian Parliament is expected to pass legislation approving the new regulations, which also include an increase in the cap on foreign ownership of Canadian airlines from 25 to 49 percent, and the Ministry of Transport plans to put them into effect in 2018.[146]
18 May
  • Two Chinese Sukhoi Su-30 (NATO reporting name "Flanker-C") aircraft intercept a United States Air Force WC-135 Constant Phoenix radiation detection plane flying over the East China Sea. The U.S. military describes the interception as "unprofessional" because of the speed, maneuvers, and proximity to the WC-135 of the Chinese aircraft, while Chinese officials respond that the interception was safe and professional and that the United States should refrain from conducting intelligence and surveillance flights near China.[41]
  • U.S. aircraft make a rare deliberate attack on troops in Syria loyal to the Government of Syria, striking a convoy of several dozen ground vehicles, including a few tanks, in the Shahma area in southern Syria advancing into a restricted area the United States has declared around a U.S. garrison at al-Tanf, Syria, 40 miles (64 km) away on the Syrian-Iraqi border. At the time of the strike, the convoy, operated by Syrian and Iraqi militiamen, is advancing despite Russian efforts to dissuade them from coming closer to the U.S. ground forces. The strike destroys four or five construction vehicles and a tank, apparently killing the vehicles′ occupants. One report places the number of dead militiamen at eight.[147][148][149]
  • King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands reveals that he secretly has served as a copilot twice monthly aboard KLM CityHopper′s Fokker 70 airliners for 21 years and that prior to that he had piloted airliners for Martinair. He also reveals that he is undergoing training to fly Boeing 737 aircraft, with which KLM CityHopper plans to replace its Fokker 70 fleet. Willem-Alexander, who has been a pilot for 30 years, says that the flights allow him to decompress from his royal duties.[150][151]
19 May
20 May
23 May
  • The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit strikes down U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) rules issued in October 2015 and put into effect in January 2016 requiring the registration of all recreational unmanned aerial vehicles (commonly called "drones") in the United States that weigh more than one-half pound (0.23 kg). In an opinion dated 19 May 2017, the court finds that ""The 2012 FAA Modernization and Reform Act provides that the FAA 'may not promulgate any rule or regulation regarding a model aircraft,' yet the FAA's 2015 Registration Rule is a 'rule or regulation regarding a model aircraft'...Statutory interpretation does not get much simpler." The court adds that the United States Congress would have to change or repeal the 2012 law before the FAA could regulate recreational UAVs. The ruling does not change registration requirements for commercial operators of UAVs, who still must register their UAVs.[157] As of 23 May, there are 836,577 U.S. UAV registrations in the FAA′s dataabse, of which 764,830 are hobbyists given a single identification number to cover all the UAVs they own, the category of registrations affected by the court′s decision; the remainder mostly are commercial UAVs that are registered individually and unaffected by the ruling.[158]
24 May
  • Two Chinese jet fighter aircraft intercept a United States Navy P-3 Orion surveillance plane as it flies over the South China Sea about 150 nautical miles (278 km) southeast of Hong Kong. U.S. officials claim that the Chinese interception was unsafe, with the Chinese aircraft flying to within 200 yards (183 meters) of the P-3 and cutting in front of it in a manner that prevented it from maneuvering safely.[159]
25-26 May (overnight)
  • Aircraft the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights identifies as being from the U.S.-led coalition strike Mayadin in Syria′s Deir ez-Zor Governorate. The Observatory claims that the strikes hit a building housing the families of Islamic State personnel, the municipal building, the local power company, and a blood bank, killing 10 Islamic State personnel and dozens of civilians, including 42 children in the building housing Islamic State families. Rebel-linked local media claim that the strikes hit a market and that an air-to-ground missile landed between two hospitals. On 26 May, United States Central Command confirms that coalition aircraft conducted five strikes in Deir ez-Zor Governorate overnight, claiming that the strikes destroyed an Islamic State command and control node and an Islamic State headquarters.[160]
26 May
  • Iraqi military forces drop leaflets over Islamic State-held areas of Mosul, Iraq, warning resdidents to flee in advance of an offensive to retake the remainder of the city from the Islamic State.[161]
  • An airstrike in Mayadin, Syria, suspected of having been carried out by the U.S.-led coalition wounds the founder of the Islamic State′s Amaq News Agency, Baraa Kadek, as well as his wife and daughter. Kadek will die of his wounds on 31 May.[162]
  • Since the U.S.-led coalition began its air campaign against the Islamic State in 2014, the United States has conducted 8,700 strikes in Iraq and more than 8,500 strikes in Syria.[160]
  • Hours after an Islamic State attack on a bus carrying Coptic Christians in Egypt′s Minya Governorate kills 29 people and wounds 24, Egyptian Air Force jets strike Islamic State targets in Derna, Libya.[163]
27 May
  • Philippine Air Force jets and Philippine military helicopters fire air-to-ground rockets at positions held by Abu Sayyaf forces besieging Marawi on Mindnanao in the Philippines. Civilian residents fly white flags in an effort to avoid being targeted by the airstrikes. Marawi has been under siege by Aby Sayyaf forces since 23 May.[164]
  • Summit Air Flight 409, a Let L-410 Turbolet, registration 9N-AKY, crashes when it lost altitude on final approach in poor visibility on final approach to runway 06 of Tenzing–Hillary Airport in Lukla, Nepal, about 14:04 Local Time (08:19Z) and contacted a tree short of the runway before impacting ground about 3 metres (10 ft) below runway threshold level. The captain was killed on impact and the first officer died in hospital almost eight hours later. The third crew member received injuries and was evacuated to Kathmandu the following day after the weather had cleared.[165][166][167]
  • Heavy airstrikes by the U.S.-led coalition support the beginning of an Iraqi offensive to take control of the portions of Mosul, Iraq, still held by the Islamic State.[161]
  • Egyptian Air Force jets strike Islamic State targets in Derna, Libya, for a second day.[163]
  • A major computer outage blamed on a power failure forces British Airways to cancel all flights at Heathrow Airport and Gatwick Airport in the London area. The outage prevents departures from and transfer between flights at the airports, disrupting flights worldwide.[168] Although service will resume on 28 May, delays and cancellations will linger into 29 May.[169]
28 May
29 May
  • Aircraft of the U.S.-led coalition begin heavy airstrikes in ar-Raqqa, Syria, in support of an offensive by the Syrian Democratic Forces against Islamic State forces there. Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently claims that the coalition has conducted 30 airstrikes since 28 May, killing 35 people and destroying a school on the northern outskirts of ar-Raqqa.[170]
  • Egyptian Air Force jets again strike Islamic State targets in Derna, Libya.[163]
30 May
31 May

June[edit]

1 June
4 June
6 June
  • Aircraft of the U.S.-led coalition bomb Iranian-backed militia forces that have entered a restricted zone in southeastern Syria the United States has declared around a U.S. garrison at al-Tanf, Syria.[149]
7 June
8 June
9 June
10 June
11 June
13 June
14 June
15 June
16 June
18 June
  • Airstrikes by the U.S.-led coalition target Islamic State positions in the Old City of Mosul, Iraq, as Iraqi forces begin an offensive to complete the recapture of Mosul from the Islamic State.[184]
  • After U.S. military jets fly low over Ja'Din, Syria, to deter fighting between forces loyal to the Syrian government and those of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a Syrian Arab Air Force Sukhoi Su-22 (NATO reporting name "Fitter") arrives and bombs the SDF positions. U.S. military forces use a "deconfliction channel" to coordinate operations with Russian military forces in Syria to avoid further escalation, after which a U.S. F/A-18 Super Hornet shoots down the Su-22[185] when it fails to respond to hailing attempts by U.S. aircraft. The Syrian armed forces report that the Su-22's pilot was killed and claims the Su-22 was attacking Islamic State positions, but United States Central Command counters that the area has been devoid of Islamic State forces for an extended period of time. It is the first time the United States has shot down a Syrian Arab Air Force aircraft during the Syrian Civil War and the first time in more than a decade that a U.S. aircraft has shot down a manned hostile aircraft.[186][187]
19 June
20 June
21 June
  • After three Russian aircraft – a transport aircraft carrying Minister of Defence Sergei Shoigu escorted by two fighters – flying over the Baltic Sea fail to identify themselves or respond to air traffic control, a North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) F-16 Fighting Falcon intercepts them, making a close approach to the transport. One of the escorting fighters, a Sukhoi Su-27 (NATO reporting name "Flanker") approaches the F-16 from behind and rocks its wings to show that it is armed, and the F-16 breaks off and departs the area.[188]
  • At the Paris Air Show, Boeing has received orders for or expressions of interest in ordering 370 aircraft worth $52,000,000,000 since 19 June, including a boost in interest in its Boeing 737 MAX 10 airliner. Airbus has posted sales of 229 airliners worth $25,000,000,000 at the show over the same period. The combined total of $77,000,000,000 in airliner deals passes the $50,000,000,000 in deals at the 2016 Farnborough Airshow in England.[192]
22 June
23 June
24 June
  • After 10 projectiles from Syria go astray during fighting there and land in open areas of the Israeli-controlled portion of the Golan Heights, the Israeli Air Force responds with airstrikes that knock out two tanks and a heavy machine gun position in Syria. Syria reports that the strikes kill two people.[195]
25 June
  • Stray projectiles from Syria land in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights for the second straight day, and the Israeli Air Force again responds with airstrikes against Syrian government military positions in Syria, hitting two artillery positions and an ammunition truck.[196]
26 June
  • In response to an Islamic State counteroffensive against Iraqi forces attempting to retake Mosul, Iraq, from the Islamic State, the U.S.-led coalition conducts 12 airstrikes which kill 40 Islamic State personnel.[197]
27 June
  • An elderly woman boarding a China Southern Airlines plane at Shanghai Pudong International Airport in Shanghai for a domestic flight in China to Guangzhou throws coins at the airliner to "pray for a safe flight." One of them goes into one of the plane′s engines. Police detain but do not charge her. The flight is delayed for over five hours while the coin is extracted from the engine.[198]
  • A police helicopter belonging to Venezuela′s largest national police agency, the Cuerpo de Investigaciones Científicas, Penales y Criminalísticas ("Scientific, Penal and Criminal Investigation Service Corps") flies over the Venezuelan supreme court building in Caracas, Venezuela, carrying a sign reading "Libertad" ("Freedom") and "350," a reference to Article 350 of the Venezuelan consititution, which allows Venzuelans to disown their government if it behaves undemocratically. The Venezuelan minister of communications claims that the helicopter pilot drops four hand grenades, three of which explode, as it circles, prompting security forces of the government of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro to seal off government facilities.[199] Later reports that the helicopter pilot is an actor with military special forces experience leads some Venezuelans to suggest that the flight was staged by the Maduro government to justify further crackdowns on dissent.[200]

July[edit]

2 July
3 July
  • During the day, the U.S.-led coalition maintains an extremely high tempo of airstrikes in support of Iraqi ground forces fighting to complete the recapture of Mosul, Iraq, from the Islamic State.[208]
  • A masked man jumps a barbed-wire fence and attempts to hijack at gunpoint a Hillsboro Aero Academy helicopter at Hillsboro Airport in Hillsboro, Oregon, as it prepares for takeoff with an instructor and student on board. After firing a shot and ordering the pilot and student off the helicopter, the man is held at gunpoint by Hillsboro Aero Academy employees, then jumps from the helicopter without taking off when Hillboro police officers arrive. The police shoot and kill him in a field adjacent to the airport.[209]
4 July
5 July
6 July
  • Qatar Airways is exempted from the U.S. ban on large electronic devices in airliner cabins.[207]
7 July
9 July
  • Coalition airstrikes continue to hit Islamic State targets in Mosul, Iraq, where Iraqi ground forces have reduced the last Islamic State pocket of resistance to an areas no more than 200 yards (183 meters) long and 50 yards (46 meters) wide.[216]
  • Kuwait Airways and Royal Jordanian are exempted from the U.S. ban on large electronic devices in airliner cabins.[217][218]
10 July
12 July
  • A 57-year-old woman visiting from New Zealand is fatally injured at Maho Beach on Sint Maarten when jet blast from a nearby airliner at Princess Juliana International Airport knocks her into a retaining wall. The beach is a popular tourist destination where visitors experience close-up views of takeoffs and landings from an adjacent runway and brave the effects of jet blast sweeping across the beach. The woman′s death is the first fatality at the beach attributed to airliner operations.[225]
13 July
  • U.S. military forces in two helicopters assist Somali commandos in an attack on two al-Shabaab camps village of Kunya-Barrow in the Lower Shebelle administrative region of Somalia, one of them against a detention center. The raid kills several members of al-Shabaab.[226]
15 July
21 July
22 July
23 July
28 July
29 July
30 July
  • For the second time in July, two U.S. Air Force B-1 Lancer bombers from Anderson Air Force Base on Guam, accompanied by Republic of Korea Air Force fighters, fly over South Korea in a show of force following a North Korean ballistic missile launch on 28 July. The B-1s make a low pass over Seoul before returning to Guam.[236]

August[edit]

1 August
5 August
8 August
9 August
12 August
13 August
  • For the second time in six days, an Iranian unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) approaches the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN-68) while she conducts air operations in the Persian Gulf. The United States Fifth Fleet reports that the UAV "conducted an unsafe and unprofessional approach" to Nimitz and "created a dangerous situation with the potential for collision...not in keeping with international maritime customs and laws," making several passes in the evening darkness without navigation lights and coming to within 1,000 feet (305 meters) of U.S. Navy aircraft in flight.[245]
15 August
16 August
22 August
23 August
  • The Saudi-led coalition in Yemen conducts a series of predawn airstrikes around Sana'a. One of them hits a two-story motel 19 miles (30.5 km) north of Sana'a, killing at least 46 people. Yemen′s Ministry of Health reports that most of the dead were khat farmers staying at the motel.[251]
  • The London-based monitoring group AirWars claims that at least 725 civilians have died since 6 June in airstrikes conducted by the U.S.-led coalition in Syria against Islamic State targets in support of the coalition′s offensive to drive the Islamic State out of ar-Raqqa. Islamic State forces reportedly have been using civilians as human shields to deter airstrikes and undermine popular support for them.[250]
30 August
  • U.S. aircraft destroy a bridge and crater a road near Hamaymah, Syria, to prevent a convoy of buses carrying 310 Islamic State personnel from reaching Islamic State-controlled Bukamal, Syria; they do not strike the convoy itself because of the presence of noncombatant relatives of the Islamic State personnel aboard the buses, but as part of the strike do target several ground vehicles and individuals clearly identified as belonging to the Islamic State. The Islamic State personnel had been attempting to reach Bukamal under the terms of a Hezbollah-brokered agreement between the Islamic State and the Government of Syria for them to withdraw there from a besieged region along Syria's border with Lebanon. A U.S. military spokesman explains that the U.S.-led coalition will not allow the Islamic State personnel to reach Bukamal, both because that simply will reinforce Islamic State forces there and because "to relocate terrorists from one place to another for someone else to deal with is not acceptable to the coalition."[252]
31 August

September[edit]

2 September
  • Flying the modified P-51D-25BA Mustang Voodoo over Clarks Ranch, Idaho, Steve Hinton, Jr., sets a new world speed record for a piston-engine aircraft over a 3-km (1.863-mile) closed circuit, achieving an average speed over four laps of 531.53 mph (855.64 km/hr), although the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale does not accept it as displacing the previous record because of a requirement that a new record exceed the previous one by at least one percent in order to displace it, which would have required an average speed of at least 533.6 mph (859.3 km/hr). During one lap, Hinton sets an absolute world speed record for a C-1e-class piston-engine aircraft, reaching 554.69 mph (893.22 km/hr).[254]
3 September
5 September
7 September
8 September
14 September
  • Syrian activists say that intense missile and Russian Federation Air Force strikes against three Islamic State-held towns in eastern Syria's Euphrates River valley during the day have killed at least 20 civilians.[263]
16 September
18 September
19 September
22 September
  • U.S. unmanned aerial vehicles conduct six strikes against Islamic State positions in Libya 150 miles (242 km) southeast of Sirte, killing 17 Islamic militants. United States Africa Command will announce the strikes on 24 September.[271]
23 September
24 September
25 September
26 September
  • Saying that the Kurdish Regional Government in Iraqi Kurdistan had made "a strategic and historic mistake" by holding a referendum on independence from Iraq on 25 September, Prime Minister of Iraq Haider al-Abadi orders local authorities to hand over control of all airports and borders in northern Iraq by 29 September or face the suspension of all international flights to and from the area.[276]
  • The United States Department of Commerce announces it found that following the Cseries dumping petition by Boeing, Bombardier Aerospace received subsidies of 220%, will collect deposits based on these preliminary rates and is scheduled to announce its final determination on 12 December 2017.[277]
  • The Boeing-funded group GoFly announces the GoFly Prize, a two-year, US$2,000,000 competition to develop a practical flying device for personal use. To win, the device must be simple to use, safe, able to take off and land vertically and fly 20 miles (32.2 km) without recharging or refueling, and transportable by a single person without using a motorized vehicle, although use of a non-motorized device that can be pulled or pushed by a single person is permitted. In addition, the flying device must not submit its operator to "extreme sustained g forces greater than 5 g or dangerous impulses from hard landings." The flying device also must have back-ups for key systems in case those systems fail and must comply will all U.S. Federal Aviation Administration rules. In addition to a US$1,000,000 grand prize, the competition will award $250,000 prizes for the quietest and smallest devices and US$25,000 awards for the best-written plans.[278]
27 September
29 September
30 September

October[edit]

1 October
3 October
4 October
6 October
8 October
12 October
14 October
15 October
16 October
  • A Syrian surface-to-air missile (SAM) battery 50 km (30 miles) east of Damascus, Syria, fires at Israeli Air Force aircraft conducting reconnaissance flights over Lebanon. All the Israeli aircraft return safely to base. Syria claims that its SAM battery fired after the Israeli aircraft crossed into Syrian airspace and that it hit one Israeli plane. About two hours after the incident, Israeli Air Force aircraft strike the SAM site, knocking it out.[296]
  • Airbus and Bombardier Aerospace announce a partnership on the CSeries program, with Airbus acquiring a 50.01% majority stake, Bombardier keeping 31% and Investissement Québec 19%, to expand in an estimated market of more than 6,000 new 100-150 seat aircraft over 20 years. Airbus’ supply chain expertise should save production costs but headquarters and assembly remain in Québec while U.S. customers would benefit from a second assembly line in Mobile, Alabama. This transaction is subject to regulatory approvals and is expected to be completed in 2018.[297] While assembling the aircraft in U.S. could circumvent the 300% duties proposed in the Cseries dumping petition by Boeing, Airbus CEO Tom Enders and Bombardier CEO Alain Bellemare assured that this factor did not drive the partnership, but negotiations began in August after the April 2017 filing and the June decision to proceed and, as a result, Boeing was suspicious.[298]
17 October
  • The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) claim that they have completed the capture ar-Raqqa, Syria, from the Islamic State. Since the offensive to retake the city – once the Islamic State′s de facto capital – began in June, U.S. aircraft have pounded Islamic State positions in support of advancing SDF ground forces.[299]
  • After carrying only 13 percent of intra-Hawaii seats in the first three quarters of 2017 – competing against Hawaiian Airlines, which carried 80 percent – and posting an operating loss of US$4.9 million and a net loss of US$8.2 million for the second quarter of 2017, Hawaii Island Air files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection after it fails to find new investors to satisfy lessors Wells Fargo Bank Northwest and Elix 8, who want to repossess its five Bombardier Q400s. It will cease operations on 11 November.[300]
18 October
19 October
25 October
  • At the end of a 120-day period devoted to developing new airline security requirements following the lifting of the March 2017 ban on electronic devices aboard flights to the United States from ten major airports in the Middle East, the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announces new pre-takeoff security screening procedures for all airline passengers bound for the United States. The new requirements are broader than the earlier electronics ban, and a TSA spokeswoman explains only that they "affect all individuals, international passengers, and U.S. citizens traveling to the United States from a last-point-of-departure international location,"[303] apply to "all flights from airports that serve as last-points-of-departure locations to the United States,"[303] and involve stricter security procedures in airport terminals and around airliners on the ground and "heightened screening of personal electronic devices."[303] Confusion over the new rules ensues, with airlines announcing different security procedures and different start dates for them. Cathy Pacific, EgyptAir, Emirates, and the Lufthansa Group announce that they will begin new screening procedures on 26 October, although their announced procedures differ. Air France says it will begin its new screening procedures at Paris Orly Airport on 26 October but not at Charles de Gaulle Airport until 2 November. Royal Jordanian announces that it will not begin its new procedures until mid-January 2018. Delta Air Lines simply advises passengers to arrive earlier at airports. Other airlines either make no announcement or say that their security procedures will not change under the new directive.[303]
  • In a move to slash regulations imposed by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) restricting the operation of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), popularly referred to as "drones," in the United States, President Donald Trump directs United States Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao to establish a pilot program creating "innovation zones" that permit far-reaching operation of UAVs in ways the FAA had prohibited, such as using UAVs for package delivery services, infrastructure inspection, and emergency management, and that streamline the process for permission to operate UAVs at night, over people, or out of sight of the UAV operator. The pilot program also will explore safety issues related to UAV flights and how technology can address the issues. United States Government officials say that the pilot program will allow the United States to keep pace with the development of UAV operations overseas and modernize the U.S. regulatory and air traffic management systems in an era when UAVs outnumber manned aircraft.[304]
27 October
30 October
  • Jet aircraft bomb the eastern portion of Derna, Libya. A Libyan lawmaker reports that the evening airstrike hit a house, killing at least 12 people, and that another airstrike hit a shepherd and his family as they sat around a fire pit. The Shura Council of Darna Mujahedeen, which controls the city, blames the strikes on the Egyptian Air Force. On 1 November, Libyan officials will claim that the strikes killed dozens of people in Derna. Egypt condemns the strikes, but offers no further comment.[306]
31 October
  • Egyptian airstrikes hit targets in the Western Desert in Egypt 80 kilometers (50 miles) southwest of Cairo. The Egyptian armed forces claim that the strikes killed "a large number" of Islamic militants that Egypt believes ambushed Egyptian police nearly two weeks earlier. An Egyptian military spokesman says the airstrikes destroyed three ground vehicles loaded with weapons, ammunition, and explosives.[306]

November[edit]

1 November
4 November
5 November
6 November
  • The Saudi-led coalition declares a blockade of Yemen that halts all air access to the country, as well as all land and sea access.[311]
7 November
8 November
9 November
10 November
11 November
12 November
13 November
14 November
15 November
16 November
  • A court in Germany rules that Kuwait Airways can refuse to transport Israeli passengers because Kuwaiti law prohibits the airline from closing contracts with Israeli citozens under a Kuwaiti boycott of Israel. The court finds that the would-be Israeli passenger′s claim of discrimination is invalid because German law prohibits discrimination based on race, ethnicity, or religion, but not nationality.[331][relevant? ]
21 November
27 November
28 November

December[edit]

7 December
13 December
14 December
15 December
18 December
21 December
22 December
23 December
24 December
25 December
29 December
  • IAG announces it will buy assets of Niki, previously part of the Air Berlin group, for €20 million for up to 15 A320s and slots at Vienna, Düsseldorf, Munich, Palma and Zurich airports; providing up to €16.5 million in liquidity, 740 former NIKI employees will run an Austrian Vueling subsidiary.[348]
31 December

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