The B-52 aircraft crash at Fairchild Air Force Base was a fatal air
crash that occurred on June 24, 1994, killing the four crew members of
a United States Air Force (USAF) B-52 Stratofortress during a training
flight. In the crash, Bud Holland, who was the command pilot of the
aircraft based at Fairchild Air Force Base, call sign Czar 52, flew
the aircraft beyond its operational parameters and lost control. As a
result, the aircraft stalled, impacted the ground, and was completely
destroyed. Video of the crash was shown throughout the United States
on news broadcasts. The accident investigation concluded that the
chain of events leading to the crash was primarily attributable to
Holland's personality and behavior, USAF leaders' reactions to it, and
the sequence of events during the mishap flight of the aircraft.
Today, the crash is used in military and civilian aviation
environments as a case study in teaching crew resource management.
Also, the crash is often used by the USAF during safety training as an
example of the importance of compliance with safety regulations and
correcting the behavior of anyone who violates safety procedures.
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Today's selected anniversaries:
Scotland regained independence as forces led by Robert the Bruce
defeated Edward II of England in the Battle of Bannockburn.
Italian anarchist Sante Geronimo Caserio assassinated Marie François
Sadi Carnot, President of the French Third Republic, after Carnot
delivered a speech at a public banquet in Lyon, France.
First widely-reported post-World War II sighting of UFOs: American
businessman and pilot Kenneth Arnold saw nine luminous disks in the
form of saucers flying above the U.S. state of Washington near Mount
The Soviet Union blocked access to the American, British, and French
sectors of Berlin, cutting off all rail and road routes going into
Soviet-controlled territory in Germany.
Wikiquote of the day:
Absurdity, n. A statement or belief manifestly inconsistent with one's
own opinion. -- Ambrose Bierce