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Aviation History Timeline - 2010

This is list of civil and military aviation-related events that happened across the globe in 2010. Aviation timeline 2010

2 January

  • Boeing 727-231F 9Q-CAA of Congolese airline Compagnie Africaine d'Aviation was substantially damaged when it departed the side of the runway at N'djili Airport, Kinshasa.[1] The aircraft was later reported as damaged beyond repair.[2]
  • In Slovakia, a package containing the explosive RDX was placed in the luggage of a passenger at Poprad-Tatry Airport by Serbian police as part of a training exercise. Due to an error, the package was not recovered and the luggage was loaded onto a Danube Wings flight to Dublin. The error was not realised until the plane had departed. The Garda Síochána were not informed until 5 January, causing a bomb alert in Dublin. The innocent passenger was arrested but later released when the Slovak Government admitted he was blameless.

3 January

  • Air Berlin Flight 2450, operated by Boeing 737–800 D-ABKF overran the end of the runway after an aborted take-off at high speed due to an airspeed discrepancy on the two pilots' instruments. The incident happened at Dortmund Airport. There were no injuries among the 171 people on board.[3]

10 January

  • United Airlines Flight 634, operated by Airbus A319-131 N816UA made an emergency landing at Newark Liberty International Airport when the right main landing gear failed to deploy. The aircraft sustained some damage when the right engine contacted the runway. The 53 passengers and crew evacuated the aircraft via the emergency chutes without injury.[4] Initial fears that the wing had been damaged in the accident later proved groundless, with damage being confined to the engine and nacelle.[5]

13 January

  • German airline Blue Wings ceased operations.[6]

15 January

  • Iran Air Fokker 100 EP-IDA, operating Flight 223 was substantially damaged when the nose gear collapsed after landing at Isfahan International Airport.[7]

16 January

  • UTair Aviation Boeing 737–500 VQ-BAC departed the runway on landing at Vnukovo International Airport and was substantially damaged when the nosewheel collapsed.[8]

19 January

  • Japanese flag carrier Japan Airlines files for protection from bankruptcy.
  • BinAir Swearingen SA-227-C Metro D-CKPP was damaged when the right main undercarriage collapsed on landing at Stuttgart Airport.[9]
  • PSA Airlines Canadair CRJ-200 N246PS overran the runway at Yeager Airport, Charleston, West Virginia following a rejected take-off. The aircraft was stopped by the EMAS at the end of the runway, sustaining substantial damage to its undercarriage.[10]

20 January

  • British Prime Minister Gordon Brown announces that commercial flights between the United Kingdom and the Yemen would be suspended, owing to British concerns over terrorist activity in Yemen, and will not resume until the security situation in Yemen improves.[11]

21 January

  • Cargolux Flight 7933, operated by Boeing 747-400 LX-OCV struck a vehicle on landing at Luxembourg International Airport. The van suffered major damage and the aircraft sustained a damaged tyre. Three investigations have been launched into the incident.[12]

23 January

  • United Eagle Airlines is renamed Chengdu Airlines.

24 January

  • Taban Air Flight 6437 crashed on landing at Mashhad International Airport Iran. All 170 people on board escape from the burning aircraft.

25 January

  • Ethiopian Airlines Flight 409, Boeing 737-8AS, crashed into the Mediterranean shortly after take-off from Beirut Rafic Hariri International Airport in Beirut, Lebanon, for Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. All 90 people on board die.

26 January

  • Spanish airline Quantum Air ceased operations.

31 January

  • American airline Northwest Airlines is merged into Delta Air Lines.
  • Guicango Yakovlev Yak-40 D2-FES suffered the collapse of all landing gears on landing at Quatro de Fevereiro Airport, Luanda, Angola on a flight from Cabinda.[13]

4 February

  • Yakutia Airlines Flight 425, operated by Antonov An-24 RA-47360 suffered an engine failure on take-off from Yakutsk Airport for Olekminsk Airport. During the subsequent landing, the nose and port main undercarriage were retracted, causing substantial damage to the aircraft.[14]

11 February

  • Trigana Air Service Flight 168, operated by ATR-42-300F PK-YRP made a forced landing in a paddy field at Bone, Indonesia. Two people were seriously injured and the aircraft was written off.
  • Click Mexicana Flight 7222, operated by Fokker 100 XA-SHJ suffered an undercarriage malfunction on approach to Quetzalcóatl International Airport, Nuevo Laredo. A low fly-past confirmed that both main gears had not deployed. The aircraft diverted to General Mariano Escobedo International Airport, Monterrey, where it was substantially damaged in the landing, having departed the runway and spun through 180°.[15]

15 February

  • Spanish airline Hola Airlines ceases operations.

18 February

  • After setting fire to his house and leaving behind a suicide note expressing displeasure with government and taxation, Andrew Joseph Stack III crashes his Piper Dakota into an office building housing an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) field office in Austin, Texas, killing himself and an IRS manager and injuring 13 others, two of them seriously.

28 February

  • Eurofly and Meridiana merge to form Meridiana Fly.

1 March

  • ACT Airlines Airbus A300B4-200 TC-ACB sustained substantial damage when the port undercarriage collapsed on landing at Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan.[16] The port engine and wing were also damaged.[17]
  • Air Tanzania Flight 100, operated by Boeing 737–200 5H-MVZ sustained substantial damage when it departed the runway on landing at Mwanza Airport and the nosewheel collapsed. Damage was also caused to an engine.[18]

18 March

  • Exin Flight 3589, operated by Antonov An-26 SP-FDO received an unsafe gear warning on approach to Lennart Meri Tallinn Airport, Tallinn, Estonia on a flight from Helsinki Airport, Helsinki, Finland. A go-around was initiated, during which an engine failed and a wheels-up landing was made on the frozen surface of Lake Ülemiste. Two of the six crew were injured.[19]

22 March

  • Aviastar-TU Flight 1906, operated by Tupolev Tu-204 RA-64011 crashed on approach to Domodedovo International Airport, Moscow. The aircraft was written off, the first hull loss for Aviastar and the first of a Tu-204.

25 March

  • Scottish airline Highland Airways ceases operations.[20]

30 March

  • Aeroméxico resumes its twice-a-week service to Shanghai, China, from Mexico City via Tijuana, Mexico. Aeroméxico becomes only the third Latin American airline in history to offer service to Asia. It had suspended the service due to the 2009 influenza pandemic.

31 March

  • The Canadian airline Skyservice ceases operations.
  • Aloha Airlines ceases operations and declares bankruptcy. It halts all passenger operations and transfers all of its cargo operations to Aloha Air Cargo.

8 April

  • British Airways and Iberia confirm that they have agreed to merge.

10 April

  • A Polish Air Force Tupolev Tu-154M carrying the Polish President Lech Kaczyński and many other Polish officials crashes in poor visibility on approach to Smolensk North Airport in Smolensk, Russia, killing all 96 people on board.[21]

12 April

  • Jamaican airline Air Jamaica ceases operations. All services taken over by Caribbean Airlines.

13 April

  • Unable to adjust their thrust settings due to an engine malfunction, the flight crew of Cathay Pacific Flight 780, an Airbus A330-342 with 322 people on board, is forced to land at Hong Kong International Airport in Hong Kong, China, at 230 knots (265 mph; 426 km/h), 95 knots (109 mph; 176 km/h) higher than normal landing speed. The aircraft makes a successful landing, but 57 passengers are injured during the subsequent emergency evacuation.
  • Merpati Nusantara Airlines Flight 836 operated by Boeing 737–300 PK-MDF overran the runway at Rendani Airport, Manokwari, Indonesia. All 103 passengers and crew escape alive.

A United States Navy F/A-18 Super Hornet – the "Green Hornet" – making a biofuel-powered flight at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland, on 22 April 2010.

  • Aerounion – Aerotransporte de Carga Union Flight 302 operated by Airbus A300B4F XA-TUE crashed on approach to General Mariano Escobedo International Airport, Monterrey, Mexico. All five crew were killed, as was one person in a car that was hit by the crashing aircraft.

15 April

  • Following the second eruption of Eyjafjallajökull in Iceland, large areas of controlled airspace were closed, causing widespread suspension of services across Europe.

21 April

  • Pacific East Asia Cargo Airlines Flight 7815, operated by Antonov An-12 UR-AN216 crashed on approach to Clark International Airport (formerly Diosdado Macapagal International Airport), Philippines after a fire broke out in flight. Three of the six crew were killed.[22]

22 April

  • On Earth Day, the United States Navy conducts a flight test at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland, of an F/A-18 Super Hornet powered by a biofuel blend. The aircraft, nicknamed the "Green Hornet," flies for about 45 minutes on a 50/50 blend of conventional jet fuel and a biofuel made from Camelina sativa. The flight is the first of a planned 15 test flights totaling about 23 flight-hours, scheduled for completion by mid-June 2010.[23]

12 May

  • Afriqiyah Airways Flight 771 operated by Airbus A330-202 5A-ONG crashed on approach to Tripoli International Airport, Libya, killing 103 people.

13 May

  • TAM Airlines joins the Star Alliance.

15 May

  • A Blue Wing Airlines Antonov An-28 crashed shortly after take-off from Godo Holo Airstrip killing all eight on board.

17 May

  • Pamir Airways Flight 112, operated by Antonov An-24 YA-PIS crashed in the Salang Pass killing all 43 on board.

22 May

  • Air India Express Flight 812, operated by Boeing 737–800 VT-AXV crashed at Mangalore International Airport with the loss of 162 lives.

26 May

  • Iraqi Airways ceases operations.
  • Launched from a B-52H Stratofortress over the Pacific Ocean, the Boeing X-51A Waverider makes a successful first flight, reaching nearly Mach 5. It is the first time in history that an aircraft flies powered by a practical thermally balanced hydrocarbon-fueled scramjetengine.[24][25]

28 May

  • The first Solar Impulse aircraft, HB-SIA, the first solar-powered aircraft capable of flying both day and night thanks to batteries charged by solar power that provide it with power during darkness, makes its first flight powered entirely by solar energy, charging its batteries in flight. The flight takes place at Payerne Airport outside Payerne, Switzerland.[26]


  • The European Union (EU) and the United States sign phase two of the EU–US Open Skies Agreement.

6 June
A wheel-well stowaway inside a Boeing 747 survives a flight from Vienna to London.[27]
Royal Air Maroc Flight 685R, a Boeing 737-4B6 (registration CN-RMF) with 162 people on board, strikes several geese during takeoff from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The airliner's crew manages t turn the badly damaged airliner back to the airport and land safely.[28][29]
10 June
Vietnam Airlines joins the SkyTeam airline alliance.
11 June
Lufthansa inaugurates Airbus A380 service with a flight from Frankfurt-am-Main to Tokyo.
16 June
Trans States Airlines Flight 8050, operated by Embraer ERJ-145 N847HK overran the runway at Ottawa Macdonald–Cartier International Airport and was substantially damaged when the nose gear collapsed.[30]
19 June
Berlin Air Services Douglas DC-3 D-CXXX crashed shortly after take-off from Berlin Schönefeld Airport on a local sightseeing flight. Eight people were injured and the aircraft was substantially damaged.
21 June
Aero Service CASA C-212 Aviocar TN-AFD crashed in the Republic of the Congo killing all eleven people on board, including Australian mining magnate Ken Talbot
30 June
Aegean Airlines joins the Star Alliance.