California · Massacres/Mass Murder

Man kills pilots, crashes plane carrying 43 others in mass killing-suicide

May 7, 1964 Near Danville, California Francisco “Frank” Gonzales shoots two commercial airplane pilots and himself while in the air, leading to the deaths of all 44 on board Gonzales (27) was despondent over his substantial debt from a gambling habit, as well as being recently separated from his wife of two years. He took… Continue reading Man kills pilots, crashes plane carrying 43 others in mass killing-suicide

Disasters · International/Multi-national

Disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370

March 8, 2014 Indian Ocean Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappears The plane disappeared while flying between Kuala Lumpur International Airport and Beijing Capital International Airport. Less than an hour after departing, voice contact was lost between air traffic controllers and the plane. Shortly after it disappeared from radar screens, though it was spotted by Malaysian… Continue reading Disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370

Disasters · Virginia

First airplane cash fatality

September 17, 1908 Fort Myer, Virginia Thomas Selfridge, a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army, becomes the first airplane fatality at the age of 26 Orville Wright had taken Lt. Selfridge on a flight in the Wright Flyer and had successfully made four circuits today around Fort Myer. Halfway through the fifth circuit, the aircraft's… Continue reading First airplane cash fatality

Canada

Man kills wife in plane bombing to avoid divorce

September 9, 1949 Cap Tourmente, Quebec, Canada Joseph-Albert Guay places a time bomb in his wife's suitcase which detonates during flight and kills all 23 on board Guay had been involved in an affair with a 19-year-old waitress and wished to elope. As Quebec strictly Roman Catholic at the time, he knew a divorce would… Continue reading Man kills wife in plane bombing to avoid divorce