Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Aviation News In The Real World

Plane Crash Kills 16 In Iran

An Iranian plane caught fire and crashed upon landing, killing 16 and injuring 29 in the city of Mashad.

The plane landed, caught fire, and crashed into a wall near the airport runway. This is the second Iranian passenger plane to crash in as many weeks. Just two weeks ago, a flight from Tehran to Armenia crashed, killing all onboard.

U.S. Coast Guard's First Black Aviator Dies

Captain Bobby C. Wilks, formerly of the United States Coast Guard and that service's first Afro-American aviator has died from complications due to Parkinsons. He was 78 years old.

Captain Wilks also had the distinction of being the first Black American to attain the rank of Captain in the Coast Guard and the first to become commander of a Coast Guard Station.

5 Hurt In Single-Engine Crash In Oklahoma

Two men and three women were seriously injured when their Beechcraft Bonanza crashed near a bank in Oklahoma City. The plane was headed for Enid, Oklahoma when the pilot reported engine trouble. The pilot attempted to return to Wiley Post Airport but crashed in the highly congested area.

Oshkosh Fly-In

If you're an aviation fan then you'd have to be living under a rock not to know that the largest annual fly-in event begins this week at Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Crowds are expected to reach as high as 500,000 visitors. The event officially begins on Monday (7/27/09) with the first air show starting at approximately 3:30pm.

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