March 9 in aviation: mysterious disappearances, plane crashes and premiere flights.
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On March 9, 1914, Lieutenant Alejandro Bello Silva, a Chilean aviator, disappeared during his qualifying flight for certification as a military pilot.
In the morning, at that time, Lieutenant Silva was at Lo Espejo airfield, where he was to take an exam to be certified as a military pilot. Bello and two companions had to complete the circuit from Lo Espejo to Culitrín, Cartagena and back to Lo Espejo, in the central region of Chile, to receive certification.
On the first attempt, the aviators returned to base due to near-zero visibility caused by heavy fog. Bello damaged the aircraft during landing and switched to an 80-horsepower (60 kW) Sánchez-Besa biplane for a second attempt. He took off with an attendant and the instructor and they made an emergency landing for refueling. However, Bello continued the route and got lost in the clouds.
Other aviation events on March 8.
2 aircraft collided in the air.
On March 9, 1967, flight TWA 553 para Trans World Airlines (TWA), a Douglas DC-9 plane collided with a Beechcraft Baron aircraft near Dayton, Ohio, killing all 26 passengers on the two planes.
Canada is flying to China and Germany for the first time.
On March 9, 1973, Canada began operating direct flights with the Federal Republic of Germany and the People's Republic of China.
The first flight of the Dassault Mirage 4000.
On March 9, 1979, the first flight of the Dassault Mirage 4000 took place.
The Mirage 4000 was considerably larger and heavier than the Mirage 2000, which had only one engine, the 4000 model having two SNECMA M53-2 turbofans. Despite the changes, the two aircraft remained similar, sharing the design of the delta wing, the semi-circular air intakes and the overall configuration.
The Mirage 4000 first flew on March 9, 1979. The aircraft was financed as a private business by Dassault. The Mirage 4000 was comparable in size to the F-15 Eagle in the United States and was designed to be both a long-range interceptor and a bomber.
The first flight of the Yakovlev Yak-141 aircraft.
On March 9, 1986, the first flight of the Yakovlev Yak-141 aircraft took place.
The first conventional flight with a 48-2 model took place in Zhukovskii on March 9, 1987, the test flight being performed by the pilot Sinitsyn. He also made the first scheduled flight on December 29, 1989, flying a 48-3 model and using the same aircraft to make the first complete transition from vertical to high-speed flight and vertical landing on June 13, 1990.
During the test, the aircraft demonstrated excellent combat maneuvers. Chief test pilot Sinitsyn continued to set twelve new world-class records, but with the designation of the Yak-41, the records were sent under the fictitious name "Yak-141". As a result, the previously unknown aircraft became known in the West as the "Yak-141".
Lion Air Flight 793 lands just minutes after takeoff.
On March 9, 2009, Lion Air Flight 793, a PK-LIL McDonnell Douglas MD-90-30, took off from the runway of Indonesia's Soekarno-Hatta International Airport. Immediately, the aircraft rotated 180 °, but managed to land. All 172 people on board were evacuated safely, but the aircraft was damaged and could not be repaired.
The Discovery spacecraft completes mission number 39.
On 9 March 2011, Discovery spaceship, the first space shuttle to be withdrawn, lands and completes its 39th and final mission.