German airline Blue Wings ceased operations.
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.
A Taban Air Tu-154 carrying 157 people crash-lands and catches fire at Mashhad International Airport in northeastern Iran, injuring 46 people.
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.
Spanish airline Quantum Air ceased operations.
Northwest Airlines ceases to exist upon its merger with Delta Airlines.
First flight of the Boeing 747-8 in the United States.
Spanish airline Hola Airlines ceases operations.
Kingfisher Airlines formally submits its application to join the oneworld alliance.
The fourth Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner test plane (N7874) makes its first flight.
Eurofly ceases operations (merged with Meridiana to create Meridiana Fly).
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.
Air One becomes a separate “Low Fare” carrier, from Alitialia.
A Polish Air Force Tupolev Tu-154M carrying the Polish President Lech Kaczyński and many other Polish officials crashes on approach to Smolensk, Russia. Read more...
Jamaican airline Air Jamaica ceases operations. All services taken over by Caribbean Airlines.
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.
Following the second eruption of Eyjafjallajökull in Iceland, large areas of controlled airspace were closed, causing widespread suspension of services across Europe.
At 04:10 UTC (06:10 Tripoli time) Afriqiyah Airways Flight 771, an Airbus A330-202 flying from Johannesburg, South Africa to Tripoli, Libya crashed on approach to Tripoli airport. 11 crew members and 93 passengers were killed. The sole survivor was a nine-year-old Dutch boy. The aircraft, (serial number 1024), was delivered on 8 September 2009, thus being some eight months old at the time of the incident. The aircraft had logged approximately 1600 hours on 420 flights. The weather at the time of the crash was cloudy, but with good visibility, and no fog or thunderstorms.
Arrow Air ceases operations.
Lufthansa McDonnell Douglas MD-11 D-ALCQ crashes at King Khalid International Airport, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
Airblue Flight 202, operated with an Airbus A321, crashes in the Margalla Hills near Islamabad.
Boeing C-17 Globemaster III 00-0173 of the United States Air Force crashed near Elmendorf Air Force Base killing all four people on board.
A de Havilland Canada DHC-3T Turbo Otter crashes near Aleknagik, United States killing former Senator Ted Stevens. Former NASA Administrator and current EADS North America CEO Sean O'Keefe is amongst the survivors.
AIRES Flight 8250, operated by Boeing 737-73V HK-4682, crashes short of the runway at Gustavo Rojas Pinilla International Airport, San Andrés, Colombia and breaks into three sections. One passenger dies from a heart attack following the accident. The other 124 passengers and six crew survive.
UPS Flight 6, operated by Boeing 747-44AF N571UP crashed shortly after take-off from Dubai International Airport, killing both crew and destroying the aircraft. N571UP was operating an international cargo flight to Cologne Bonn Airport, Germany. Read more...
A Conviasa ATR-42 (YV-1010) crashes while flying from Santiago Mariño Caribbean International Airport in Porlamar to Manuel Carlos Piar Guayana Airport in the city of Ciudad Guayana, killing at least 15 of the 47 people on board.
Sociedad Aeronautica de Medellin (SAM) ceases operations.
Aerorepublica begins operations as Copa Airlines – Colombia.
Transafrik International Flight 662, operated by Lockheed L-100 Hercules 5X-TUC crashed into a mountain 19 miles (31 km) east of Kabul International Airport, Afghanistan, killing all eight crew.
Hamburg International ceases operations.
Qantas Flight 32, operated by Airbus A380 VH-OQA suffered an uncontained engine failure over Batam Island, Indonesia. Falling debris injured one person on the ground. The aircraft dumped fuel and returned to Singapore Changi Airport, where a safe landing was made.
Aero Caribbean Flight 883, operated by an ATR 72 crashed at Guasimal, Sancti Spíritus, Cuba killing all 68 people on board.