March 3, 1953
Karachi, Pakistan: While being delivered to Australia via the Asian continent, a Canadian Pacific Airlines De Havilland Comet 1A, affectionately termed the “Empress of Hawaii”, crashed into a dry river bed while attempting to takeoff. It is conjectured that the plane’s nose was too high creating a partial stall while also creating excessive drag. The crash closed the airport for some time while the crash was investigated. Eleven people on board (five crew members and 6 passengers) were killed in the crash, marking this as the first commercial jet airliner crash with fatalities.