Quiz – Air disasters

Ten questions about such air disasters as the Mount Erebus tragedy, the deadliest crash, the Lockerbie bombing, and more.

Cockpit Voice Recorder (Exhibit in Deutsches M...
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  1. What was the airline of the DC-10 that crashed into Mt. Erebus in Antarctica on November 28, 1979?
    A. Air New Zealand
    B. American Airlines
    C. British Airways
    D. Lufthansa
  2. On which airport occurred the world’s deadliest air disaster between two commercial aircraft?
    A. Gran Canaria
    B. Lanzarote
    C. Tenerife
    D. Madrid
  3. On December 21, 1988, a Pan Am B747 was brought down by a bomb hidden in a portable radio transistor over Lockerbie, Scotland. What was the flight number?
    A. PA101
    B. PA103
    C. PA123
    D. PA174
  4. Complete the sentence in this famous Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR) excerpt, following a mid-air collision:
    – Tower, we’ve going down, this is ______
    – Okay, we’ll call the equipment for you.

    A. flight 611
    B. TWA 847
    C. USAir 172
    D. PSA
  5. On July 19, 1989, a DC-10 with loss of all hydraulic systems attempted an emergency landing at which airport?
    A. Atlanta
    B. Sioux City
    C. Bakersfield
    D. Des Moines
  6. What was the airline of the plane that crashed on the 14th Street Bridge in Washington on January 13, 1982?
    A. Allegheny
    B. Air Florida
    C. Northeast
    D. Oceanair
  7. True or False: It was a Boeing 747 that lost its cargo door on a flight from Honolulu to Auckland on February 24, 1989.
    A. True
    B. False
  8. On July 17, 1996, a Boeing 747 left New York Kennedy airport and exploded in mid-air. What was the aircraft’s final destination.
    A. Los Angeles
    B. London
    C. Paris
    D. Rome
  9. On May 25, 1979, a DC-10 crashed at Chicago O’Hare airport after it dropped one of the engines. One famous trademark was an amateur photograph of the DC-10 flying upside down with the terminal in front. What was the airline?
    A. American Airlines
    B. Northwest Orient
    C. THY
    D. United Airlines
  10. Now a knowledge question: in case of a major problem on the aircraft, what frequency is the pilot supposed to set on the transponder?
    A. 0010
    B. 0011
    C. 7700
    D. 7711

You will find the answers on this handy answer sheet: Quiz – Air disasters


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