The airplane had been climbing through 8,000 feet out of Baghdad for Bahrain when it was hit in the left wing by a shoulder-launched, surface-to-air missile, fired by a Fedayeen terrorist.
Winter is as inevitable as aging, and for pilots who live in or fly to the northern latitudes, every winter will present significant challenges.
Determining aircraft types isn't as easy as it used to be, when seeing a hump on the front meant it was a 747, and three tail-mounted engines indicated you were in for a noisy 727 departure.
General aviation in Alaska is different. Changeable weather and difficult...