On October 27, 1993, a de Havilland Canada DHC-6-300 Twin Otter aircraft operating Widerøe Flight 744 crashed into terrain during approach into Namsos Airport, Høknesøra, Norway. The crash is known as the Namsos Accident.
On October 26, 1972, Igor Ivanovich Sikorsky, the Ukrainian American aviation pioneer, died in Connecticut. Sikorsky designed the world’s first multi-engine fixed-wing aircraft, the Russky Vityaz, in 1913, and the world’s first airliner, the Ilya Muromets, in 1914.
On October 24, 1947, United Air Lines Flight 608 crashed 1 1/2 miles southeast of Bryce Canyon Airport in Utah during an attempted emergency landing resulting from an inflight fire.
On October 19, 1901, Alberto Santos-Dumont, the son of a wealthy Brazilian coffee planter, won the 100,000-Franc Deutsch Prize for an 11.3-km (7-mile) flight from the Paris suburb of St. Cloud to the Eiffel Tower and back in less than 30 minutes in a powered airship.
On October 14, 2012, in Roswell, New Mexico, Felix Baumgartner earned his place in the history books by becoming the first man to break the sound barrier during a freefall.
On October 14, 1947, Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier flying the experimental Bell X-1, named Glamorous Glennis, at Mach 1.07 at an altitude of 45,000 feet (13,700 metres).
On October 13, 1972, a Uruguayan Air Force Fairchild FH-227 aircraft carrying 45 passengers and crew crashed in the remote snowy peaks of the Andes. The story that ensued is one of the greatest examples of strength of the human spirit.
On October 10, 2006, Atlantic Airways Flight 670, operated by a BAe 146 aircraft, slid off the runway at Stord, Norway, killing four of the 16 people on board.
On October 5, 1984, astronaut Marc Garneau became the first Canadian to venture to outer space, when he served as payload specialist abroad the space shuttle Challenger during the STS-41-G mission.