2001 in aviation
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dn3=2030sThis is a list of
aviation-related events from 2001:
March 29- An Avjet charter flight, a Gulfstream IIIjet with 15 passengers and 3 crew, crashes on approach into Aspen, CO, killing all on board.
April 24- The unmanned aircraft RQ-4 Global Hawkflies automatically from Edwards Air Force Basein the US to Australianon-stop and unrefuelled. This is the longest point-to-point flight ever undertaken by an unmanned aircraft, the first pilotless aircraft to cross the Pacific Ocean, and took 23 hours and 23 minutes.
September 11- 4 jet-liners, 2 each of American Airlinesand United Airlines, are hijacked and crashed into the World Trade Centerin New York, the Pentagonand a field in Pennsylvaniain the September 11 terrorist attacks, killing more than 3,000 people. One, United Flight 175almost had a mid-air collision with Delta Air Lines Flight 2315.
October 3The TU-154 Sibir airlines jet took off from the Ben-Gurion airport in Tel Aviv, Israel bound for the Siberian town of Novosibirsk and Russian aircraft with up to 78 passengers aboard crashed into the Black sea.
October 8The aircraft SAS MD87 was taking off from Milan's Linate airport in Italy for a flight to Copenhagen when it collided with a Cessna Citation on the fog-shrouded runway. The airliner then crashed into a nearby hangar and caught fire. All six crew members and 104 passengers on the airliner were killed, as were the four occupants of the business jet and four airport workers on the ground.
November 12- New York Citysuffers its second plane disaster in as many months when American Airlines Flight 587crashes due to mechanical failure, killing 265 people.
*bmi begins transatlantic flights from
Manchesterafter a failed attempt to gain transatlantic flights from London Heathrow Airport.
British Airwaysaborts a plan to take over KLMdue to technical issues in the open skies treaty between the U.S. and the Netherlands.
*British Airways also drops its controversial ethnic tailfins; first adopted in 1997 the process was slowed in 1999, finally Chief Executive
Rod Eddingtonthat all aircraft would be painted with the new Union flag livery (one of the "ethnic" designs).
February 2- Prototype General AtomicsRQ-1 Predator B, later redesignated MQ-9 Reaper.
July 21- XCOR EZ-Rocket, flown by Dick Rutan.
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