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  • Divi Divi Air Flight 014, a Britten-Norman Islander, with 10 on board, ditches in the Caribbean Sea off Bonaire due to engine failure, killing the pilot. – October 22, 2009
  • PJ-SUN, a Britten-Norman Islander operated by Divi Divi Air, ditches off Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles. The pilot is killed but the nine passengers escape from the aircraft before it sinks. – October 22, 2009
  • An United States Army Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk Helicopter while on a routine training exercise crashes onto the deck of the USNS Arctic off the coast of Fort Story, Virginia Beach, Virginia. The Black Hawk helicopter from the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) was on a joint exercise with the United States Navy SEALs and was practising fast maritime interdiction by rappelling by rope to the ships deck when the accident occurred killing 1 crew and injuring a further 8 service personnel. – October 22, 2009
  • Bellview Airlines Flight 210, a Boeing 737-200, crashes in central Nigeria, killing all 117 people on board. – October 22, 2005
  • A Royal Air Force BAE Systems Hawk of 100 Sqn based at RAF Leeming crashed near Shap, Cumbria killing the pilot and navigator. – October 22, 1999
  • Million Air Flight 406, a Boeing 707-323 C with 4 people aboard, crashes into a Dolorosa neighborhood ripping off rooftops and crashing in flames into a restaurant, killing the 4 aboard, 30 in the neighborhood and injuring 50 Ecuador. – October 22, 1996
  • Launch: Space Shuttle Columbia STS-52 at 1:09:39:6433 p.m. EDT. Mission highlights: LAGEOS II, microgravity experiments. – October 22, 1992
  • WNBC traffic reporter Jane Dornacker is killed when the helicopter she is riding in stalls and crashes into the Hudson River. – October 22, 1986
  • The United States Federal Labor Relations Authority votes to de-certify the Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization for its strike the previous August. – October 22, 1981
  • A United States Coast Guard HH-52A crashed near Mobile, Alabame, United States, two crew killed. – October 22, 1981
  • Apollo program – Apollo 7 safely splashes down in the Atlantic Ocean after orbiting the Earth 163 times. – October 22, 1968
  • The 1963 BAC One-Eleven test crash occurred when a BAC One-Eleven (registration G-ASHG) took off from Wisley Airfield. There were seven crew on board the aircraft, the pilot was Mike Lithgow. The BAC One-Eleven was on a test flight to see how the aircraft assess stability and handling characteristics during the approach to, and recovery from the stall with a centre of gravity in varying positions. The aircraft was on its fifth stalling test. Then the flight crew put the BAC One-Eleven at a height of about 16000 feet and with 8 deg of flaps, the plane entered a stable stall. The aircraft began to descend at a high vertical speed, and in a substantially horizontal attitude and eventually struck the ground with very little forward speed. The aircraft broke up and caught fire, killing all seven crew on board. The crash site was near Chicklade, a small village in Wiltshire and near the A303 road. – October 22, 1963
  • Cuban Missile Crisis – US President John F. Kennedy announces that American spy planes have discovered Soviet nuclear weapons in Cuba, and that he has ordered a naval “quarantine” of the island nation. – October 22, 1962
  • British European Airways Flight 142, a Vickers Viscount, collides with an Italian Air Force North American F-86 Sabre over Italy, all 31 on board died. – October 22, 1958
  • No. 401 Squadron (Auxiliary) was first of six auxiliary squadrons to be equipped with North American Sabre fighters. – October 22, 1956

First flight of the Republic F-105 Thunderchief. – 22nd October 1955

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