Yutaka had about 4,000 total flight hours with about 2,650 hours in the 747. For one thing, air travel wasn't nearly as safe as it is today, and there would invariably be accidents. ... Boeing shuts down 747 jumbo jet 50 years after its maiden flight … The last Boeing 747 commercial passenger jet to be delivered was in July 2017 -- a jumbo for Korean Air Lines -- and in January 2018 US passenger … On December 21 1988, Pan Am Flight 103 was brought down by a terrorist's bomb over the Scottish town of Lockerbie. Nearly 50 years after the its debut, the 747 took its final commercial flight with an American carrier on Delta Air Lines. The resulting “Iran/Contra Scandal” nearly brought down that Administration, leading Congress to consider the impeachment of over a … There's little to suggest that there was a bomb onboard, but there is ample evidence that a missile of some sort detonated in the air very close to the plane and brought it down. The pilot reported two fireballs going down, with small and large smoke trails. The flight deck was manned by 49 year old Captain Takahama Masami of Akita, Japan. The first Qantas Boeing 747 jumbo jet in 1971. Korean Airlines flight shot down by Soviet Union Soviet jet fighters intercept a Korean Airlines passenger flight in Russian airspace and shoot the plane down, killing 269 passengers and crew-members. Masami’s log book indicated about 12,400 total flight hours with about 4,850 of 747 time. A major update in 1988 brought glass cockpit technology to the flight deck in the form of the 747-400, but, the 747-8 aside, there have been few changes since then. ... the 747 had nearly … Pilots of Eastwind Airlines Flight 507, descending to 16,000 feet, were nearly head-on and observed the 747 as it climbed towards them in the clear air. 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