This is a list of
aviation-related events from 2007:
- 1 January
- 6 January –
XL Airways UK,
Thomas Cook Airlines,
Balkan Bulgarian Airlines,
First Choice Airways,
KLM Cityhopper and
SN Brussels Airlines cancel all their flights to and from
Bristol International Airport in
England, in a row over runway safety.
- 9 January – An
Antonov An-26B (
NATO reporting name "Curl")
crashes while attempting to land at
Balad Air Base in
Iraq, killing 34 of the 35 people aboard and injuring the sole survivor. Officials blame the crash on fog, but some witness say that they saw a
surface-to-air missile strike plane, and the
Islamic Army in Iraq claims to have shot it down.
- 16 January –
Pakistan Air Force aircraft and
helicopter gunships strike
Pakistan, killing 25 to 30
- 22 January – The
Government of Togo establishes the
Agence Nationale de l'Aviation Civile du Togo ("National Agency of Civil Aviation of Togo") as
civil aviation authority. It replaces the Direction de l’Aviation Civile ("Directorate of Civil Aviation").
- 31 January –
VARIG is ejected from the
Star Alliance. It had ceased operations in
- 7 March –
Garuda Indonesia Flight 200, a
Boeing 737–497, crashes and bursts into flames on landing at
Adisucipto International Airport at
Java in Indonesia, killing 22 of the 140 people on board.
- 9 March – On final approach to a landing at
Mogadishu International Airport in
Somalia, during the
Battle of Mogadishu, a
Ilyushin Il-76TD (
NATO reporting name "Candid;"
registration EW-78826) with a crew of nine and six
Uganda People's Defence Force soldiers serving as
peacekeepers aboard as passengers is struck by a
rocket-propelled grenade apparently fired from a boat that the aircraft passed over at an altitude of 150 metres (490 ft). It catches fire, but lands at the airport without injury to anyone on board.
- 12 March – The first two
Joint Fighter-17 aircraft are delivered to the
Pakistan Air Force.
- 15 March – The
Government of Argentina establishes the
National Civil Aviation Administration as
civil aviation authority. It replaces the
Argentine Air Force in this role.
- 17 March – Landing at
Samara Kurumoch Airport near
Russia, in heavy fog,
UTair Flight 471, a
Tupolev Tu-134A3 (
NATO reporting name "Crusty") with 57 people on board, touches down 400 meters (1,312 feet) short of the runway. The left
wing separates and the aircraft bounces and flips over. Although no fire breaks out, the crash kills six and injuries 20 of the people on board.
- 19 March –
Airbus A380 makes first flights to the United States, with one touching down in New York at
John F. Kennedy International Airport and another in California at
Los Angeles International Airport.
- 23 March – Shortly after takeoff from Mogadishu International Airport in Mogadishu, Somalia, during the Battle of Mogadishu, a TransAVIAexport Airlines Ilyushin Il-76 (NATO reporting name "Candid") cargo aircraft experiences an engine problem. While it attempts to return to the airport, one of its
wings explodes, separates from the aircraft, and falls into the
Indian Ocean. The aircraft
crashes on the outskirts of Mogadishu, killing all 11 people on board. The
Government of Somalia claims that the crash was an accident, while the
Government of Belarus and at least one eyewitness say that a
surface-to-air missile shot the Il-76 down.
- 27 March – The last
Airbus A300 leaves the
Airbus assembly line.
- 29 March –
Malév Hungarian Airlines joins the
- 1 April
Japan Asia Airways,
Japan Transocean Air,
Malév Hungarian Airlines, and
Royal Jordanian join the
airline alliance. Although
Aer Lingus exits the alliance on the same day, the additions expand the Oneworld network to almost 700 airports in nearly 150 countries served by 9,000 daily departures, carrying around 315 million passengers per year with a fleet of almost 2,500 aircraft, with top-tier
frequent flyers able to access 400 airport lounges worldwide.
Government of Latvia's Aircraft Accident and Incident Investigation Bureau of the Republic of Latvia, the forerunner of the country′s
Transport Accident and Incident Investigation Bureau, takes on the responsibility for investigating
railroad accidents and incidents.
- 17 April – The airline
go! begins operations, providing interisland service in
- 21 April – During an
air show at
Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort in
South Carolina, the pilot of an
F/A-18 Hornet of the
United States Navy's
Blue Angels flight demonstration squadron loses consciousness during a low-altitude,
high-G maneuver. The F/A-18 crashes, killing him, striking homes and ground vehicles, and injuring eight people on the ground.
- 27 April
- 30 April
European Union (EU) and the
United States sign the initial phase of the
EU–US Open Skies Agreement at a ceremony in
Washington, D.C. The agreement allows any airline of the European Union and any airline of the United States to fly between any point in the European Union and any point in the United States. It also allows airlines of the United States to fly between points in the European Union, and airlines of the European Union to fly between the United States and non-EU countries like
Switzerland. The agreement is to become effective on
30 March 2008.
- During the month, the final assembly of the first
Boeing 787 begins.
- 2 May –
Compass Airlines, a
regional airline for
Northwest Airlines, begins flight operations with a single
Bombardier CRJ200. The first flight is from
Washington Dulles International Airport in
Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport in
- 5 May –
Kenya Airways Flight 507, a
Boeing 737-8AL bound for
Kenya, crashes into a swamp just after takeoff from
Douala International Airport outside
Cameroon, killing all 114 people on board.
- 6 May – A
French Air Force
DHC-6 Twin Otter plane operating in support of the
Multinational Force and Observers (MFO)
peacekeeping force along the border between
Israel attempts an emergency landing on a desert road on Egypt's
Sinai Peninsula, collides with a truck, and is destroyed, killing all nine people on board.
- 14 May – On its tenth anniversary, the
airline alliance's members have a combined 16,000 daily departures to 855 destinations in 155 countries, serving 406 million passengers annually.
- 17 May – A
Let L-410UVP Turbolet cargo aircraft suffers an engine fire just after takeoff from
Walikale in the
Democratic Republic of the Congo. While trying to return to the airstrip, it crashes in a forest, killing all three people on board.
- 26 May -
SkyWest Airlines (operating as
United Express) Flight 5741, an
Embraer EMB 120 Brasilia with 12 people on board,
nearly collides with
Republic Airlines (operating as
Frontier Airlines) Flight 4912, an
Embraer 170 Regional Jet with 15 people on board, at the intersection of two runways at
San Francisco International Airport in
South San Francisco,
California. The U.S.
Federal Aviation Administration describes it as the most serious incident of its kind in at least a decade.
- 30 May – N898AT, one of only two remaining
ATL-98 Carvairs, crashes at
Nixon Fork Mine near
- 1 June – A
Tanzania People's Defence Force
Short C-23 Sherpa develops dual engine failure on approach to land at
Dodoma Airport in
Tanzania, and crash-lands in the Kizota area of Dodoma. All 13 people aboard survive.
- 3 June – A
Mil Mi-8 (
NATO reporting name 'Hip") helicopter carrying a Russian crew of two and 20 Togolese
fans returning from watching
Togo's national team play that of
Lungi International Airport in
Sierra Leone. Togolese
Minister of Sport
Richard Attipoe is among the dead.
- 4 June – A
Cessna 550 Citation II
air ambulance carrying organs for a transplant patient and with two physicians (David A. Ashburn, MD, Martin Spoor, MD), two organ procurement specialists (Richard Chenault, II, Ricky LaPensee) and a crew of two (Dennis Hoyes, Bill Serra)
 aboard crashes into
Lake Michigan 10 kilometers (6.3 miles) northeast of
General Mitchell International Airport, in
Wisconsin. All aboard the plane die.
- 19 June - An explosion near Mami Rogha in
Pakistan, just across the border from
Afghanistan kills at least 20 people. Eyewitnesses claim to have seen an American
unmanned aerial vehicle flying nearby over Afghanistan fire air-to-ground missiles at the site of the explosion, but the
United States and the
North Atlantic Treaty Organization deny involvement and Pakistan's government claims that
Islamic militants accidentally caused the explosion while building bombs.
- 21 June – An overloaded
Let L-410UVP Turbolet listed as operated by both
Free Airlines and the supposedly defunct
crashes just after takeoff from
Kamina Airport in
Democratic Republic of the Congo, and comes to rest inverted in a swamp. The crash kills
Mbuyu Mibanga, a member of the
National Assembly of the Democratic Republic of the Congo; the other 21 people on board survive, but 12 of them suffer injuries.
- 24 June – During the Galway Air Show in
Ireland, the door from a hovering
Royal Air Force helicopter detaches and falls into a large crowd below, injuring three people on the ground.
- 25 June –
PMTair Flight 241, an
Antonov An-24B (NATO reporting name "Coke"), crashes in southwestern
Cambodia, killing all 22 people on board.
- 28 June – A
TAAG Angola Airlines
Boeing 737-2M2 touches down short of the runway at
Mbanza Congo Airport in
Angola. Its right
landing gear collapses, and it collides with cars and strikes two buildings before coming to rest. The crash kills one person on the ground and five of the 78 people on board.
- 29 June – Three
rocket-propelled grenades strike the
Fokker 100 carrying
Prime Minister of the Ivory Coast
Guillaume Soro just after it lands at
Bouaké Airport in
Ivory Coast. One grenade penetrates the
fuselage, killing four people and seriously injuring five others. Soro survives the attack.
- 1 July – The
Government of Latvia's Aircraft Accident and Incident Investigation Bureau of the Republic of Latvia is renamed the
Transport Accident and Incident Investigation Bureau, reflecting its
April assumption of the responsibility for investigating
railroad accidents and incidents as well as aviation accidents.
- 5 July
- 8 July –
Boeing rolls out the
Boeing 787 at the
Boeing Everett Factory in
- 17 July –
TAM Linhas Aéreas Flight 3054, an
Airbus A320-233, fails to slow down normally upon landing at
São Paulo–Congonhas Airport in
Brazil. It overruns the runway, crosses a road, crashes into a four-story
TAM Express building, and explodes, starting a large fire. The deadliest aviation accident in Brazil's history, the crash kills all 187 people on the airliner and 12 people on the ground.
- 27 July – As five television news helicopters cover a
police pursuit in
Arizona, two of them – both
Eurocopter AS350 AStar helicopters, one belonging to
KNXV-TV and the other to
KTVK, and each with two people on board –
Steele Indian School Park and crash. All four people in the two helicopters die.
- 28 July – American
Jim LeRoy is killed in the crash of his
Pitts S2S Bulldog II during an aerobatic performance at the
Dayton Air Show at
Dayton International Airport outside
- 7 August – A
missile lands, but does not explode, in the Georgian-government-controlled village of
Georgia. Georgia claims that two
Russian jets violated its airspace and fired the missile, targeting a nearby Georgian radar outpost,
 while Russian and
South Ossetian authorities accuse Georgia of staging a
false flag operation in order to provoke tension in the region. Two investigative groups from
North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) countries report that the jet which fired the missile entered Georgian airspace from Russia, but a Russian investigation rejects this conclusion.
- 8 August
- 9 August –
Air Moorea Flight 1121, a
DHC-6 Twin Otter, suddenly noses over shortly after taking off from
Moorea Airport on
French Polynesia and crashes into the
Pacific Ocean, killing all 20 people on board.
- 20 August –
China Airlines Flight 120, a
Boeing 737–809 with 165 people on board, catches fire after landing at
Naha Airport on
Okinawa, Japan. There are no fatalities; three people on the aircraft and one member of the ground crew are injured..
- 20 August –
Loch Lomond Seaplanes launches scheduled services from
Glasgow Seaplane Terminal to
Oban in Scotland.
- 26 August – An
Antonov An-32B (
NATO reporting name "Cline," registered as 9Q-CAC) owned by
Agefreco Air, operated by the
Great Lakes Business Company, loaded with nine tons of
cassiterite and other
minerals, and carrying 12 passengers and a crew of three develops engine failure about ten minutes after takeoff from
Kongolo Airport in
Democratic Republic of the Congo. It attempts to return to the airport but strikes trees,
crashes short of the runway, and catches fire, killing 14 of the 15 people on board.
- 29–30 August
nuclear weapons incident occurs when six
cruise missiles, each loaded with a
nuclear warhead, are mistakenly loaded onto a
United States Air Force
B-52H Stratofortress at
Minot Air Force Base,
North Dakota, on 29 August, and flown to
Barksdale Air Force Base,
Louisiana, on 30 August, without being reported missing and remaining outside the protection afforded by various mandatory security precautions for nuclear weapons for 36 hours. The incident has wide-ranging repercussions, including reforms in the handling procedures for nuclear weapons and the U.S. Air Force′s creation in
October 2008 of a
Global Strike Command to control all U.S. Air Force nuclear bombers, nuclear missiles, and nuclear-associated personnel.
- 1 September – Two
Zlin Z-526 aircraft of the Polish Zelazny
aerobatics team collide during a performance at the
Radom Air Show in
Poland, killing both pilots.
- 3 September – American aviation adventurer
Steve Fossett disappears during a flight in a
Super Decathlon from the
Flying-M Ranch near
Nevada. The wreckage of his plane and his remains are not found until
October 2008, allowing a determination that he had crashed into a
granite cliff 7 miles (11 km) from
California, at an altitude of 10,000 feet (3,048 meters).
- 4 September –
Copa Airlines, and
Kenya Airways become associate members of the
- 13 September – In the "Celestial Eagle Remembrance Flight,"
United States Air Force
Captain Todd Pearson flies a
Florida Air National Guard
F-15A Eagle based at
Homestead Air Reserve Base,
Florida, on the 22nd anniversary of the "Celestial Eagle Flight," in which his father, retired U.S. Air Force
Major General (then
Major) Wilbert D. "Doug" Pearson, had flown the same F-15A for a test launch of the
anti-satellite missile on 13 September 1985 in which he became the only person in history to destroy a
satellite with an aircraft-launched missile.
- 15 September – Scottish
Colin MacRae and his five-year-old son are among four people killed when the
Eurocopter AS350 Écureuil he is piloting crashes near
- 16 September –
One-Two-GO Airlines Flight 269, the
McDonnell Douglas MD-82 HS-OMG carrying 123 passengers and 7 crew members, strikes an embankment adjacent to the runway while making a failed attempt to initiate a
Phuket International Airport in
Thailand. It crashes and catches fire, killing 89 of the people on board.
- 21 September – Fifteen-year-old
stowaway Andrey Shcherbakov survives a flight in
Moscow inside a
Boeing 737's wheel well, but suffers severe frostbite.
- 24 September – A
Let L-410 Turbolet registered as 9Q-CVL and carrying seven people crashes on landing in
Democratic Republic of the Congo, coming to rest in a cemetery. Five of the people on board suffer serious injuries, and one of the pilots dies shortly afterward.
- 4 October – An
Antonov An-26 (NATO reporting name "Curl") registered as 9Q-COS, leased from
Africa One, operated by
El Sam Airlift, and chartered by
Malift Air loses a
propeller shortly after taking off from
N'djili Airport in
Democratic Republic of the Congo. One of its
wings strikes an obstacle and detaches before the aircraft
crashes into a market and comes to rest in a house. The crash kills 20 people on the aircraft, leaving one or two survivors, and 31 people on the ground. At least 30 more people suffer injuries. The country's
Joseph Kabila, fires its
transport minister after the accident..
- 15 October –
Airbus delivers its first
A380 superjumbo jet.
Singapore Airlines takes delivery of it.
- 26 October –
Philippine Airlines Flight 475, an
Airbus A320-214, overruns the runway on landing at
Bancasi Airport in
Butuan City, the
Philippines, and is destroyed when it plows into the
tropical rainforest beyond the end of the runway. All 154 people on board survive.