On 4 April 1978, SN Boeing 737-229C OO-SDH operated training flight with 1 instructor and 2 students. During touch-and-go at 18 :07, Gosselies apt, birds were ingested as the airplane was rotating. Instructor took over control and decided to abort takeoff. There was insufficient runway length available so plane overran, struck antennas and skidded. The right main gear collapsed and no. 2 engine was torn off in the slide. Aircraft came to rest 300m past runway end and was destroyed by fire.
On board a British Pacific fleet carrier operating against the Japanese. Lieutenant Commander (A) Freddy Charlton, British Fleet Air Arm pilot, had a remarkable escape when the long-range petrol tank of his Chance-Vought Corsair fighter burst into flames (seen here) as he landed on the deck of the aircraft carrier. Both pilot and plane escaped damage.