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Aircraft Crash On Inaugural Flight?

Wed Jul 22, 2009 12:13 pm

Has an aircraft ever crashed on an airline's inaugural flight?
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kiwiandrew

RE: Aircraft Crash On Inaugural Flight?

Wed Jul 22, 2009 12:51 pm

Not sure whether you meant inaugural for the aircraft or inaugural for a route ?

Canadian Pacific lost a DH Comet ( with the unfortunate registration CF-CUN ! - they really were innocent back in those days ) in Karachi while on a delivery flight .

Although it was a delivery flight it was apparently carrying pax

http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19530303-1&lang=en
 
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RE: Aircraft Crash On Inaugural Flight?

Wed Jul 22, 2009 4:45 pm



Quoting Kiwiandrew (Reply 1):
inaugural for a route ?

Meant inaugural flight for the airline. Imagine: endless hours work, all the hype, first flight by "Safe Air" (haha) and it ends in tragedy. Has this happened?
"Everyone writing for the Telegraph knows that the way to grab eyeballs is with Ryanair and/or sex."
 
kiwiandrew

RE: Aircraft Crash On Inaugural Flight?

Wed Jul 22, 2009 6:31 pm

ooops , sorry about that , now that I re-read your original post it was actually quite clear what you meant , I just read it in a hurry .... sorry , cant think of any examples of what you are looking for .
 
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RE: Aircraft Crash On Inaugural Flight?

Sat Jul 25, 2009 4:30 pm

James:
PIA flight 705, operating its inaugural service from Karachi to both Cairo and London, crashed on landing in Cairo on May 20, 1965, killing all but 6 persons on board the newly-delivered Boeing 720B. Many prominent government, business and journalists from Pakistan were on board, along with several PIA employees traveling on company business related to the inaugural. The crew included famed PIA Flight Attendant or "Hostess" Momi Gul Durrani who was hugely popular in Pakistan as the "model" for the airline. She was a very attractive young woman who became famous in the 50's and early 60's modeling PIA uniforms and representing the airline and country in publications. Regrettably, the crew did not survive; however, two PIA employees - a Press Officer and Station Manager did.
A dramatic accident for any airline or company to experience on such an important event.
Service on the route did commence as additional B720B's were delivered.
I hope this information is helpful,
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RE: Aircraft Crash On Inaugural Flight?

Sat Jul 25, 2009 4:49 pm

No idea about crashes on inaugural flights,

but the AF A320 giving an airshow and flying in the trees is a nice example of a promo situation turning into a disaster...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air_France_Flight_296
 
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RE: Aircraft Crash On Inaugural Flight?

Sun Jul 26, 2009 3:42 am

What about A330 testing flight when 7 people died. It was not the very first flight, but one of the first A330 flights.
 
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RE: Aircraft Crash On Inaugural Flight?

Sun Jul 26, 2009 7:45 am

Not in the same league,But AD had an Engine fie while starting up on their 1st flight on an ATR42 with VVIPs on board including the MoCA.No casualties.
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RE: Aircraft Crash On Inaugural Flight?

Mon Jul 27, 2009 12:49 am



Quoting Kiwiandrew (Reply 1):
Not sure whether you meant inaugural for the aircraft or inaugural for a route ?

Canadian Pacific lost a DH Comet ( with the unfortunate registration CF-CUN ! - they really were innocent back in those days ) in Karachi while on a delivery flight .

Although it was a delivery flight it was apparently carrying pax

Only the crew and other employees involved with the delivery.

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