This is a list of aviation-related events from 2007:
- 1 January
- 6 January – BA Connect, easyJet, XL Airways UK, Thomsonfly, Thomas Cook Airlines, Balkan Bulgarian Airlines, First Choice Airways, Air Malta, KLM Cityhopper and SN Brussels Airlines cancel all their flights to and from Bristol International Airport in North Somerset, England, in a row over runway safety.
- 9 January – An AerianTur-M Antonov An-26B (NATO reporting name "Curl") crashes while attempting to land at Balad Air Base in Balad, 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 Pakistan Army helicopter gunships strike
Zamzola in South Waziristan, Pakistan, killing 25 to 30 Islamic militants.
- 22 January – The
Government of Togo establishes the Agence Nationale de l'Aviation Civile du Togo ("National Agency of Civil Aviation of Togo") as Togo′s national 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 July 2006.
- 7 March – Garuda Indonesia Flight 200, a Boeing 737–497, crashes and bursts into flames on landing at Adisucipto International Airport at Yogyakarta on Java in Indonesia, killing 22 of the 140 people on board.
- 9 March – On final approach to a landing at Mogadishu International Airport in Mogadishu, Somalia, during the Battle of Mogadishu, a TransAVIAexport Airlines 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 Argentina′s national civil aviation authority. It replaces the Argentine Air Force in this role.
- 17 March – Landing at Samara Kurumoch Airport near Samara, 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 Oneworld airline alliance.
- 1 April
- Japan Airlines, J-Air, JAL Express, JALways, Japan Asia Airways, Japan Transocean Air, LAN Argentina, LAN Ecuador, Malév Hungarian Airlines, and Royal Jordanian join the Oneworld 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.
- The 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 Hawaii.
- 21 April – During an air show at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort in Beaufort, 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
- The 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 subcontractor regional airline for Northwest Airlines, begins flight operations with a single Bombardier CRJ200. The first flight is from Washington Dulles International Airport in Fairfax County, Virginia, to Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport in Hennepin County, Minnesota.
- 5 May – Kenya Airways Flight 507, a Boeing 737-8AL bound for Nairobi, Kenya, crashes into a swamp just after takeoff from Douala International Airport outside Douala, 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 Egypt and 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 Star Alliance 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 McGrath, Alaska.
- 1 June – A Tanzania People's Defence Force Short C-23 Sherpa develops dual engine failure on approach to land at Dodoma Airport in Dodoma, Tanzania, and crash-lands in the Kizota area of Dodoma. All 13 people aboard survive.
- 3 June – A Paramount Airlines 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 Sierra Leone crashes near Lungi International Airport in Lungi, Sierra Leone. Togolese Minister of Sport Richard Attipoe is among the dead.
- 4 June – A Martinair 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 Milwaukee, Wisconsin. All aboard the plane die.
- 19 June - An explosion near Mami Rogha in North Waziristan, 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 Karibu Airways crashes just after takeoff from Kamina Airport in Kamina, 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 Galway, 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 Mbanza Congo, 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 Bouake, 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 Everett, Washington.
- 17 July – TAM Linhas Aéreas Flight 3054, an Airbus A320-233, fails to slow down normally upon landing at São Paulo–Congonhas Airport in São Paulo, 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 Phoenix, 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 – collide in mid-air above Steele Indian School Park and crash. All four people in the two helicopters die.
- 28 July – American aerobatic pilot 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 Dayton, Ohio.
- 7 August – A missile lands, but does not explode, in the Georgian-government-controlled village of
Tsitelubani, 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 Moorea in 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 Kongolo, 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
- A nuclear weapons incident occurs when six AGM-129 ACM cruise missiles, each loaded with a W80-1 variable yield 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 Radom, Poland, killing both pilots.
- 3 September – American aviation adventurer Steve Fossett disappears during a flight in a Bellanca Super Decathlon from the Flying-M Ranch near Smith Valley, 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 Mammoth Lakes, California, at an altitude of 10,000 feet (3,048 meters).
- 4 September – Air Europa, Copa Airlines, and Kenya Airways become associate members of the Skyteam airline alliance.
- 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 ASM-135 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
rally driver Colin MacRae and his five-year-old son are among four people killed when the Eurocopter AS350 Écureuil he is piloting crashes near Lanark, Scotland.
- 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 go-around at Phuket International Airport in Phuket, 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 Russia from Perm to Moscow inside a Boeing 737's wheel well, but suffers severe frostbite.
- 24 September – A Free Airlines Let L-410 Turbolet registered as 9Q-CVL and carrying seven people crashes on landing in Malemba-Nkulu Territory, 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 Kinshasa, 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 president, 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.