What was the Duke William (1758)?

Introduction Duke William was a ship which served as a troop transport at the Siege of Louisbourg and as a deportation ship in the Île Saint-Jean Campaign of the Expulsion of the Acadians during the Seven Years’ War. While Duke William was transporting Acadians from Île Saint-Jean (Prince Edward Island) to France, the ship sank… Read More

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What was Arrow Air Flight 1285 (1985)?

Introduction Arrow Air Flight 1285R was a McDonnell Douglas DC-8 jetliner that operated as an international charter flight carrying US troops from Cairo, Egypt, to their home base in Fort Campbell, Kentucky, via Cologne, West Germany, and Gander, Newfoundland. On the morning of Thursday 12 December 1985 shortly after takeoff from Gander en route to… Read More

What was the 1988 Remscheid A-10 Crash?

Introduction The 1988 Remscheid A-10 crash occurred on 08 December 1988, when an A-10 Thunderbolt II attack jet of the United States Air Force crashed onto a residential area in the city of Remscheid, West Germany. The aircraft crashed into the upper floor of an apartment complex. In addition to the pilot, five people were… Read More

Who was Frank S. Scott?

Introduction Frank S. Scott (02 December 1883 to 28 September 1912) was a United States Army corporal who died during his second enlistment, aged 28, in an aircraft crash. As the first enlisted American to die in an aircraft incident, Scott was memorialised multiple times. Personal Life Frank S. Scott was born in Braddock, Pennsylvania… Read More

What was the 2012 Afyonkarahisar Arsenal Explosion?

Introduction The 2012 Afyonkarahisar arsenal explosion occurred at 21:15 local time on 5 September 2012 in Afyonkarahisar, Turkey. According to Turkish Armed Forces, 25 servicemen died, four other soldiers and three civilians were injured by the accident. Background A fire at the locality followed the explosion. The remains of two non-commissioned officers (NCO’s), two special… Read More

What was the Hainan Island Incident (2001)?

Introduction The Hainan Island incident occurred on 01 April 2001, when a United States Navy EP-3E ARIES II signals intelligence aircraft and a People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) J-8II interceptor fighter jet collided in mid-air, resulting in an international dispute between the United States of America (USA) and the People’s Republic of China (PRC). The… Read More

A Brief Overview of US Military Nuclear Incident Terminology

Introduction The United States Armed Forces uses a number of terms to define the magnitude and extent of nuclear and radiation accidents and incidents in order to reduce the time taken to report the type of incident, thus streamlining the radio communications in the wake of the event. Origin United States Department of Defence directive… Read More