On a sunny day in 1943 the mayor of St. Louis, William Dee Becker along with other nine politicians were out flying in a military glider. Tragically their military glider malfunctioned after being released from a c-47 cargo plane. Only a single bolt had loosened and it caused a wing to shear off from the glider, sending it and the passengers plummeting to the ground.
On the fateful day of July 25, 2000, Air France Flight 4590 was set to fly from Paris to New York when it suddenly struck runway debris. The aircraft blew a tire and punctured the fuel tank during takeoff which caused an engine to burst into flames before it failed and caused the plane to crash into a hotel shortly after. The 100 passengers and nine crew members were killed instantly while four people were killed on the ground and one critically injured. This was the only fatal Concorde accident in 27 years of its operational history.
Pacific Southwest Airlines Flight 182 was a Boeing 727-214 commercial airliner that collided with a private Cessna 172 light aircraft, over San Diego, California at about 9:00 am on Monday, September 25, 1978. The death toll of 144 makes it the deadliest aircraft disaster in California history. Both aircraft crashed into a San Diego neighborhood, at the intersection of Dwight and Nile, killing all 137 people on both aircraft and seven people on the ground in houses, including two children. Nine bystanders were injured and 22 homes were destroyed by the impact and debris.
John Lennon the English singer and songwriter who rose to worldwide fame as the co-founder of The Beatles were the most commercially successful band in the history of popular music. Here in this photograph, Lennon was signing autographs for his fans outside his New Yor City home with Mark David Chapman behind him, the man who would shoot and kill him 10 minutes later.
The 1961 U.S. Figure Skating team was onboard the Sabena Flight 548, a Boeing 707, that was en route from New York to Brussels, Belgium. Sadly, the aircraft crashed. The Boeing had to abort its landing at Brussels because of an aircraft blocking one of the runways and tried to climb and circle towards another one. It started banking dangerously, but the attempts to level its wings caused it to spiral rapidly down to the ground, where it crashed on a farm. The crash killed all 72 passengers on board, along with the farmer whose land the aircraft crashed on to.