Aircraft disappears over Pacific Ocean, leaving behind no trace

January 30, 1979Pacific OceanVarig Flight 967 disappears; its whereabouts are still unknown Flight 967 departed from Tokyo-Narita Airport, Japan to its first destination of Los Angeles International Airport, United States. In addition to the 6 crew members, the cargo flight was carrying various items of value — most notably a collection of 153 paintings by…

Woman survives a free fall of between 800 to 10,000 meters after being pulled from an airplane

January 26, 1972Srbská Kamenice, CzechoslovakiaA airliner carrying 28 people explodes mid-air, leaving only 22-year-old flight attendant Vesna Vulović alive About an hour after the DC-9 airplane took off from Copenhagen to Belgrade, it was broken apart by an explosion. It is believed many of those aboard the aircraft were sucked out of the vessel and…

Oil tanker explodes, kills 50

January 8, 1979Whiddy Island, Bantry Bay, IrelandThe Betelgeuse, an oil tanker, explodes while docked at a jetty, killing 50 The vessel, which was carrying 39 million gallons (147,000 kiloliters) of crude oil was docked at the offshore jetty while performing an oil-removal operation. An eyewitness reported seeing a small fire on the ship around 12:30…

Man fatally injured by a flying lawnmower model airplane

December 9, 1979Queens, New YorkA model airplane in the shape of a lawnmower crashes into a group of spectators, fatally wounding one and seriously injuring another The incident occurred in Shea Stadium during a halftime show. The Electronic Eagles of the Radio Controlled Association of Greater New York had performed during halftime shows in the…