American Airlines in History

Historical Events

  • 1942-10-23 All 12 passengers and crewmen aboard an American Airlines DC-3 airliner killed when it is struck by a U.S. Army Air Forces bomber near Palm Springs, California. Amongst the victims is composer Ralph Rainger ("Thanks for the Memory")
  • 1953-11-29 American Airlines begins 1st regular commercial NY-LA air service
  • 1959-02-03 American Airlines Electra crashes in NY's East River, killing 65
  • 1962-03-01 American Airlines 707 plunges nose first into Jamaica Bay, NY, killing 95
  • 1970-03-02 American Airlines' 1st flight of a Boeing 747
  • 1979-05-25 American Airlines DC-10 crashes on takeoff from Chicago killing 273 including 2 on the ground
  • 1989-12-19 American Airlines purchases Eastern Airline's Latin American route
  • 1992-04-13 American Airlines reduce its 1st-class fares 20%-50%
  • 2000-01-02 19,600 fans watch the Miami Heat beat the Orlando Magic, 111-103 in the first NBA game at the Heat's new American Airlines Arena in Miami
  • 2001-11-12 In New York City, American Airlines Flight 587, an Airbus A300 on its way to the Dominican Republic, crashes minutes after takeoff from John F. Kennedy International Airport, killing all 260 on board and five on the ground.
  • 2001-12-01 Captain Bill Compton brings Trans World Airlines Flight 220, an MD-83, into St. Louis International Airport bringing to an end 76 years of TWA operations following TWA's purchase by American Airlines.
  • 2001-12-22 Richard Reid attempts to destroy a passenger airliner by igniting explosives hidden in his shoes aboard American Airlines Flight 63.
  • 2003-01-30 Richard Reid sentenced to life in prison for attempting to bomb an American Airlines flight with 197 on board
  • 2005-12-07 Rigoberto Alpizar, a passenger on American Airlines Flight 924 who allegedly claimed to have a bomb, is shot and killed by a team of US federal air marshals at Miami International Airport.

Famous Birthdays

  • 1956-02-05 Betty Ong, flight attendant that died on September 11, 2001, on American Airlines Flight 11

Famous Deaths

  • 2001-09-11 Berinthia "Berry" Berenson, American photographer, actress, model, and widow of actor Anthony Perkins, dies on American Airlines Flight 11 in the 9/11 attacks at 53
  • 2001-09-11 John Ogonowski, American pilot, dies aboard American Airlines Flight 11 in terror attack on the World Trade Center at 50