- 1998 in aviation
This is a list of
aviation-related events from 1998:
Cirrus Aircraftsuccessfully flight-tests the CAPS ballistic emergency aircraft parachute.
Adam Aircraft Industriesfounded
January 13– An Ariana Afghan Airlines Antonov An-12crashed near Tor Kach, Pakistanafter it ran out of fuel in poor weather. All 51 people on board died.
January 27– A Myanma Airways Fokker F27crashed while taking off from Yangon, Myanmarkilling 16 of the 45 people on board.
February 2– Cebu PacificFlight 387 crashes into a mountain near Pagalungan in the Philippines. All of the 104 passengers and crew members were killed.
February 16– China AirlinesFlight 676, an Airbus A300, crashed into a residential area while attempting to land in Taipei, Taiwan. All 196 people on board were killed, in addition to seven on the ground.
March 19– An Ariana Afghan Airlines Boeing 727hit a mountain near Charasyab, Afghanistanwhile descending to land. All 45 on board died.
March 22– Philippine AirlinesFlight 137, an Airbus A320, overshot the end of the runway while landing at Bacolod Cityin the Philippines, plowing through several houses. None of the passenger were harmed, but three people on the ground were killed, and several more injured.
April 20– Air FranceFlight 422, a Boeing 727, crashed into a mountain near Bogotá, Colombia, while attempting to land, killing all 53 people on board.
May 26– An MIAT Mongolian Airlines Antonov An-24crashed into a mountain near Erdenet, Mongolia. All 28 people on board died.
July 6– Hong Kong's Kai Tak Airportwas closed at 1:28am with the lights of its 13/31 runway being switched off. Operation of the new Hong Kong International Airportat Chek Lap Kok commenced on the same day, with the first commercial flight landing at 6:25am.
August 21- an Insitu Aerosondenamed "Laima" becomes the first UAV to cross the Atlantic Ocean, completing the flight in 26 hours.
August 21– A Lumbini Airways de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Ottercrashed in a mountainous region near Ghorepani, Nepal. All of the 18 people on board were killed.
August 24– A Myanma Airways Fokker F27crashed in Manibagi, Myanmarduring poor weather. All 44 people on board were killed. It has also been reported that there may have been survivors that were tortured to death by local villagers that thought the aircraft carried military personnel.
August 29– A Cubana de Aviación Tupolev Tu-154crashed during takeoff into buildings in Quito, Ecuador. Seventy-five of the 90 people on board died as well as 10 on the ground.
September 2– SwissairFlight 111, a McDonnell Douglas MD-11, crashed into the sea near Halifax, Nova Scotiain Canada, due to smoke in the cockpit caused by insulation burning in the shell. All 229 people on board perished.
September 2– A Permaviatrans Antonov An-26was shot down by UNITA rebels over Angola. All 24 people on board were killed.
September 25– A Paukn Air BAe 146crashed near Nador, Moroccokilling all 38 people on board.
September 29– A Lion Air Antonov An-2was shot down by LTTE rebels and crashed into the sea off Mannar, Sri Lanka. All 55 people on board were killed.
October 10– A Congo Airlines Boeing 727was shot down by Tutsirebels near Kinduin the Democratic Republic of Congo. All 41 on board died.
December 10- Captain Michael VandenBos of the Snowbirds aerobaticteam dies in a midair collision between two CT-114 Tutors during training near Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan.
December 11– Thai AirwaysFlight 261, an Airbus A-310, crashed during poor weather near Surat Thani, Thailand. Of the 146 people on board, 102 were killed.
February 28- Ryan (now Northrop Grumman) RQ-4 Global Hawk
March 6- Bell Eagle Eyescaled prototype tiltrotor UAV.
March 12- X-38 Crew Return Vehicleatmospheric test prototype
26 July- Scaled Composites Proteus
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