90 people were killed today off the coast of Benin in West Africa when their UTA (Union Transport Africaines) Boeing 727 crashed after its landing gear failed to retract after take off. This is the third African plane that has crashed this year after takeoff.
If you’re interested in learning more about airplane crashes, Airdisaster.com has an incredibly thorough database of news reports, transcripts and FAA reports for every commercial airline crash. The transcripts are harrowing, and it’s painful to imagine what’s going through the minds of the pilots as they realize what’s happening. expired domains I’m also struck by how many of the transcripts show how incredibly calm the pilots remain while a disaster is taking place. I actually feel better about flying after reading them.
Living in New York, I’ve been fascinated by the 1960 crash of a United Airlines and a TWA jet in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Following a midair collision, the United jet dropped onto the streets of Park Slope killing several people on the ground. The photos are unreal, and can be viewed here.