Air Crashes by FlaxmanR

Champion(s):

KonkelT
Kai gwa!


Runner(s)-Up:

BellA


Quiz Description

No, I don't know where MH370 is. But if you're the sort of person who's as interested in knowing as I am, you might enjoy this quiz.

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Questions:

On April 6, 1994, a plane carrying Juvenal Habyarimana and Cyprien Ntaryamira was shot down on its descent. The two men were the presidents of what neighboring countries?

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Rwanda and Burundi

On April 4, 1991, a United States Senator was killed when his plane collided with a helicopter and crashed in Lower Merion, Pennsylvania. His widow later married one of his colleagues. That senator was the scion of the family that founded which major American company?

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Heinz

Manager of Manchester United for a total of 1,141 games, winning five First Division titles and two FA Cups, this Scot was among the survivors of the 1958 Munich air disaster that killed 23 people, including eight players from the team known as his eponymous "Babes."

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Matt Busby

As of this writing (and hopefully for a long time to come), the last fatal crash of a wide-body jet flown by an American carrier on American soil was the crash of American Airlines Flight 587, which crashed in Belle Harbor, Queens, on November 12, 2001, a mere two months after 9/11. AA 587 was well-known in New York City for flying to the capital of what Caribbean nation?

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Dominican Republic

"Vol de Nuit," or "Night Flight," is a 1931 novel about an airmail pilot, Fabien, who is obliged to fly through bad weather and by the end of the novel is almost certain to have died. The novel took on a layer of grim significance in 1944 when its author, who would become better known for another book published a year before his death, disappeared on a military reconnaissance flight out of Corsica; his plane was not recovered until 2003. Identify this author.

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Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Name the fictional airline that appears in a number of ABC and J.J. Abrams-produced shows, most prominently Lost, where the plot is kicked off by the crash of its Flight 815.

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Oceanic Airlines

The most recent United States Congressman to be murdered while in office, this conservative Georgia Democrat and staunch anti-Communist was killed (along with 268 others) when the Soviet Union shot down Korean Airlines Flight 007 on September 1, 1983.

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Larry McDonald

Microbursts, in which a localized column of air sinks quickly to the ground, have been blamed for a number of serious crashes over the years, most recently a crash in Pakistan in 2012 that killed more than 120 people. The sudden variation in wind speed and direction caused by a microburst is known by what more general name?

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Wind shear

The airport in Barrow, Alaska, is named in memory of these two men, who were killed in a crash nine miles from the current airport site in 1935. Both from Oklahoma, the pilot was a famed aviator who had completed the first around-the-world solo flight two years earlier, while his passenger was a humorist and aviation advocate seeking material for his syndicated newspaper column. Name BOTH men.

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Will Rogers and Wiley Post

Air Canada Flight 143 ran out of fuel at 41,000 feet on July 23, 1983, but the crew was able to glide it to an emergency landing in a small Manitoba town of this name, likely to be better known to most as the name of a character in J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings novels.

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Gimli

A 1989 mid-air collision near Alice Springs, Australia, a 2012 collision with power lines near Carteron, New Zealand, and most recently a 2013 crash in Luxor, Egypt that killed 19 people are the three deadliest crashes on record for what mode of air travel?

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Hot air balloon

Guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan and three members of the entourage of this man, also known for his guitar skills, were killed in a helicopter crash in Wisconsin on August 27, 1990, leading to rumors (which he denied) that Vaughan had taken the seat meant for him.

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Eric Clapton