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February 10, 1944 - American Airlines Flight 2, a DC-3 routing Little Rock, Arkansas-Memphis crashed into the Mississippi River about 18.1 miles (29.1 km) from Memphis International Airport. All 24 occupants on board (21 passengers and 3 crew members) were killed; 11 of the fatalities were members of the armed services. The cause of the crash was never determined.

February 10, 1944 - American Airlines Flight 2, a DC-3 routing Little Rock, Arkansas-Memphis crashed into the Mississippi River about 18.1 miles (29.1 km) from Memphis International Airport. All 24 occupants on board (21 passengers and 3 crew members) were killed; 11 of the fatalities were members of the armed services. The cause of the crash was never determined.

Douglas C-47A Skytrain (DC-3) 	More: Kemble (EGBP)More: UK - England, September 18, 2010 	 	 	Remark 	Photographer 	 	 	 N1944A / 315211/J8-B (cn 19677) Belonging to the resident Wings Venture, caught displaying at the 2010 Battle of Britain Air Show. The aircraft departed the U.K in 2012 to Oskosh, where it was temporarily hangared, Kermit Weeks now owns at the Fantasy of Flight in Florida.

Douglas C-47A Skytrain (DC-3) More: Kemble (EGBP)More: UK - England, September 18, 2010 Remark Photographer N1944A / 315211/J8-B (cn 19677) Belonging to the resident Wings Venture, caught displaying at the 2010 Battle of Britain Air Show. The aircraft departed the U.K in 2012 to Oskosh, where it was temporarily hangared, Kermit Weeks now owns at the Fantasy of Flight in Florida.

May 9, 2009 - Thomas Jukovich, an American Airlines ramp worker, died after falling to the ground while loading luggage into Flight 995, at Miami International Airport. The aircraft, a Boeing 777, was scheduled to depart to São Paulo, Brazil. The flight was later cancelled.

May 9, 2009 - Thomas Jukovich, an American Airlines ramp worker, died after falling to the ground while loading luggage into Flight 995, at Miami International Airport. The aircraft, a Boeing 777, was scheduled to depart to São Paulo, Brazil. The flight was later cancelled.

N710AA snowbound, KIAD.

N710AA snowbound, KIAD.

1976 ♦ April 27 – American Airlines Flight 625, a Boeing 727, crashes on approach to St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, killing 37 of 88 people on board.

1976 ♦ April 27 – American Airlines Flight 625, a Boeing 727, crashes on approach to St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, killing 37 of 88 people on board.

Douglas AC-47 "Spooky" gunship (aka "Puff the Magic Dragon") Vietnam era development of the long serving DC-3/Dakota/C-47 etc lineage, at  Gathering of Warbirds & Legends, Topeka, Kansas, 2013.

Douglas AC-47 "Spooky" gunship (aka "Puff the Magic Dragon") Vietnam era development of the long serving DC-3/Dakota/C-47 etc lineage, at Gathering of Warbirds & Legends, Topeka, Kansas, 2013.

US passenger jet flights start with a National Airlines Boeing 707 (1958)

US passenger jet flights start with a National Airlines Boeing 707 (1958)

Braniff International Douglas DC-3 C-47-DL N61350 taking on passengers at Chicago-Midway, circa 1955. (Photo: Bill Poturica, Copyright: Braniff Flying Colors Collection)

Braniff International Douglas DC-3 C-47-DL N61350 taking on passengers at Chicago-Midway, circa 1955. (Photo: Bill Poturica, Copyright: Braniff Flying Colors Collection)

A DC-3 built for operation by Delta in 1942 but completed for USAAF as C-49J then Bought by Eastern and operated until sale in February 1952.

A DC-3 built for operation by Delta in 1942 but completed for USAAF as C-49J then Bought by Eastern and operated until sale in February 1952.

June 12, 1972 - American Airlines Flight 96; the rear cargo door of a near-new McDonnell Douglas DC-10 en route from Los Angeles to New York with stops in Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport, MI and Buffalo Niagara International Airport, NY opened in flight, causing an explosive decompression over Windsor, Ontario. Tail controls were damaged but it landed safely at Detroit. The cause was a design flaw of the DC-10 rear cargo door latching mechanism.

June 12, 1972 - American Airlines Flight 96; the rear cargo door of a near-new McDonnell Douglas DC-10 en route from Los Angeles to New York with stops in Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport, MI and Buffalo Niagara International Airport, NY opened in flight, causing an explosive decompression over Windsor, Ontario. Tail controls were damaged but it landed safely at Detroit. The cause was a design flaw of the DC-10 rear cargo door latching mechanism.

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