March 14 in aviation: the first glider on the plane crashed, and Chicago O'Hare became the busiest airport in the world.
On March 14, 1945, the first prototype glider powered by experimental fuel, a Cornelius XFG-1-CR 44-28059, crashed 5 miles west of Wilmington, Ohio during rotation tests. The exercise was conducted in the airspace of Clinton (Ohio).
The crash resulted in the death of test pilot Alfred Reitherman, who worked for Spartan Aircraft, the company that built and designed the aircraft. The concept of a glider on the fuel (which had to be towed behind the bombers) was abandoned at the end of the war.
Other aviation events that took place on March 14.
British European Airways Flight 411 crashed near Manchester.
On March 14, 1957, British European Airways Flight 411, a Vickers Viscount plane, crashed as it approached Manchester Airport, killing all 20 passengers and crew on board the aircraft, as well as 2 other people. on the ground.
Chicago's O'Hare International Airport has become the busiest terminal in the United States.
On March 14, 1960, one year after the completion of a major expansion program, Chicago's O'Hare International Airport became the busiest terminal in the United States, handling more than 10 million passengers in 1959 alone, the Federal Aviation Agency reported ( FAA). In the same year, it managed 431.600 takeoffs and landings.
Flight 7 of the Polish airline LOT Polish Airlines crashed near Warsaw.
On March 14, 1980, flight 7 of the Polish airline LOT, an Ilyushin Il-62 aircraft, crashed near Warsaw (Poland), after engine no. 2 disintegrated. All 87 passengers and crew died.