Pe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19204 posts, RR: 52 Posted (10 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 8069 times:
Ever flown on a plane which you later discovered had been in a crash (of some description) or in any other unusual incident? I ask for a good reason: yesterday I flew from GLA-MAN aboard G-RJXG, as below (read the caption):
FoxBravo From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 2996 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (10 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 7966 times:
Yes, back in the 80s I flew on Aloha's 737 "Queen Liliuokalani," which is the one that later tragically ripped open inflight.
More recently, I flew from PEK to SHA on the Air China 767 that later crashed in Korea.
Not the same aircraft, but still somewhat creepy: I traveled to Paris on TWA flight 800 on July 17, 1994, exactly two years to the day before it blew up, and in 1995 I flew to Geneva on Swissair flight 111!
Of course, this stuff probably happens to people all the time--it's just that the non-airplane-geeks don't bother to note flight numbers and registrations.
Marcos From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 68 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (10 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 7904 times:
I have been on two airplanes that subsequently crashed.
The first was the TACA B-767 that overshot the runway and crashed on landing at Guatemala City in the early 90's (?). No passengers were lost (TACA has not lost a single passenger to an airline accident in modern times).
The second was the TAN-Sahsa B-727 that crashed on a flight between Managua and Tegucigalpa in the late 1980's. There were many fatalities in this accident.
B747-437B From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (10 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 7896 times:
On the morning of May 7 1990, I flew AI 129 BOM-LHR on B747-237B VT-EBO (msn 20558). The aircraft returned to DEL later that day, but was involved in an accident on landing there and was written off.
On December 17 1995, I flew on Tower Air's B747-136 N605FF (msn 20271) from JFK to BOM via AMS. The aircraft returned to JFK and was written off there during a take-off attempt on December 20 1995.
And of course, on September 11 2001, I turned down a seat on UA flight 93 from EWR to SFO after my Delta flight connection was cancelled, mainly because I needed Delta Skymiles to requalify for Medallion status. I watched the aircraft taxi out and takeoff as I boarded my Delta Express flight to Orlando. N591UA passed into legend a few hours later.
I've been on other aircraft that were subsequently lost in crashes, but these three were extremely close calls IMHO.
DC3CV3407AC727 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 314 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (10 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 7805 times:
When I was a freightdog ,I flew N19454,A DC-3C,ex ,C47, ex,United Mainliner,out of PTK,DAY,MDT,and EWR. She was a good ship, a lovely,reliable old ship,who found her way to Alaska , and eventually found her fate against a ridgeline in the arctic dark. God rest her crew.
the rumble of round engines is like music to me,likewise the thunder of thr JT8D
Demoose From Canada, joined Mar 2001, 1952 posts, RR: 23
Reply 7, posted (10 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 7746 times:
I flew BD MAN-LHR onboard G-MIDJ last January 2003. Later on in May the aircraft was involved in a freak hail storm incident over Germany puncturing the nose cone and cracking the cockpit glass.
I took a photo of the cabin and went into the cockpit, weird to think about what drama went on aboard that plane.
Santosdumont From Brazil, joined Dec 2003, 1201 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (10 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 7659 times:
In July of 1987, I flew on an Avianca 727-21 registered as HK-1716 "Antonio Villavicencio" (MSN 18999) from Cartagena (CGA) to Bogota (BOG). Less than a year later, in March, 1988, she crashed into a mountain shortly after takeoff from Cucuta (CUC) en route to Cartagena. All 143 souls on board were killed.
Investigators say poor visibility and an overly talkative deadheading pilot in the jump seat contributed to the crash.
L1011Lover From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 989 posts, RR: 14
Reply 10, posted (10 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 7567 times:
Not me, but the mother of a dear friend of mine was a Pan Am Flight Attendant!
In the early morning hours of december 21st, 1988 she worked and flew "Clipper Maid of the Seas" from SFO into LHR!
The rest is sad history!
B777337 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (10 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 7465 times:
I have flown by VT-EFO of Air-India, This was the aircraft which was blown up over the Atlantic ocean in 1985. This was also the only aircraft in which I have had the pleasure of sitting on the F/O seat on sector BOM-FCO in 1983.
PiedmontGirl From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 1124 posts, RR: 13
Reply 13, posted (10 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 7367 times:
Yes. Piedmont bought a 727 from Delta. The airplane had belong to Northeast and had been crashed into the seawall at BOS. The A/C had been repaired and returned to service. Don't remember the tail number.
As a small point of interest, Piedmont also owned the 727 out of which D.B. Cooper jumped with his bag of money. It was registered as N838N. I worked on that more times than I can count.
AApilot2b From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 572 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (10 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 7349 times:
I flew on an airplane that had an interesting history. The aircraft was a DC-10-30 of British Airways. In October of 1998, I flew on this aircraft twice (LGW-ABJ). It was registered G-MULL. I later found out that this DC-10 was originally flown by Ariana Afghan Airlines. In the late 1970s, it was struck by a surface to air missile. Although, the aircraft received substantial damage (the account I read said one of the engines was actually blown off), it landed safely. After it was repaired, it was bought by British Caledonian and received the registration identification G-MULL. It spent many years in service and passed on to BA. When I flew it, it was a marvelous plane.
Ultrapig From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 584 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (10 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 7285 times:
I was in the Boy Scouts in 1961 and went on a DC6B charter flight on President Airlines to Israel via Gander -Shannon and Athens. We took commercial but took the same Plane the "Woodrow Wilson" from London via Shannon and Gander back to JFK. There was a problem with an engine and we were delayed 7 hours in Shannon. The plane then crash just after taking off from Shannon with a full loan a month later-a tired crew was somehow blamed.
Tomgib From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 92 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (10 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 7121 times:
in 1994 my wife and I took a Turkish Birgen Air 757 from HAM to Barbados (with refueling stop in Gander, Newfoundland). Later one of them (TC-GEN) crashed into the Atlantic after departure from the Dominican Republic killing 189 people. As Birgen air only had two 757´s there´s a 50% chance I was on the one that crashed... definately not a good feeling...
ACEregular From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2003, 675 posts, RR: 1
Reply 21, posted (10 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 7017 times:
In 1987 I flew from Alicante - Spain to Newcastle - UK on B737-204 G-BGYL. The aircraft then belonged to Britannia Airways and was named Jean Batten. I remember this flight well, even though I was a child at the time. We were sat in the second last row on the starboard side. The stewardess at the back was on her last flight before being married and they threw confetti out of the galley at her.
In 1992 this aircraft was destroyed while flying for Copa Panama, killing all on board. I believe at the time of the crash it was still partially in the Britannia livery.
In 1995 I flew to Tenerife South and back on the same Tristar of Caledonian Airways, G-BBAI. This aircraft had overrun the runway at Leeds/Bradford years before and broke its nosewheel.
Futureualpilot From United States of America, joined May 2000, 2602 posts, RR: 8
Reply 24, posted (10 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 6886 times:
The very first plane I ever flew as a pilot was a Cessna 152 (N24961) based out of MYF, and it crashed when an instructor and his student were practicing spins and failed to recover. (RIP to them both)
I loved that lil' 152!
Life is better when you surf.
: I flew on a Pilgrim Airlines Fokker F-27 that crashed at JFK on takeoff. I believe it was A/C N148PM and had just been delivered to PM a few months ea
: ACEregular, In 1992 this aircraft was destroyed while flying for Copa Panama, killing all on board. I believe at the time of the crash it was still pa
: Every plane that I have trained in has crashed except one. 3 down, one to go. Cessna 150, Cherokee 140, Warrior
: Swissgabe, I also flew on the Crossair RJ-100 that crashed, (@ZRH, 24/11/01.) It was HB-IXM. My flight was Geneve-Athens on 15/06/99, LX3314.