AVIATION BRIEFS

AVIATION BRIEFS

PAN AM LOSSES

CONTINUE TO MOUNTPan Am Corp. lost $190.7 million in the first quarter. The New York-based company lost $151.1 million in the comparable 1989 quarter.

Revenue in the quarter rose to $845.8 million from $733.5 million a year ago, a 15.3 percent gain.

Pan Am, parent of Pan American World Airways, cited higher fuel costs, as well as additional charges for improved security, as reason for the wider loss.

Greenwich Air Begins

Aging Aircraft Program

MIAMI - Miami-based Greenwich Air Services, an independent aviation maintenance facility, has begun an Aging Aircraft Program.

As aircraft such as the Boeing 727 approach mandatory thresholds, certain inspections and modifications are required. Greenwich Air Services' program responds to these requirements.

Close to half of the 727s currently operating are more than 20 years old. Estimates reveal that there are approximately 1,650 727s flying today throughout the world. Thus, more than 800 were built prior to 1970.

Cargo Plane Crashes

At NC Airport

WILMINGTON, N.C. - A twin-engine cargo plane crashed and caught fire early Friday morning as it attempted to land at the New Hanover County International Airport, killing one man and critically injuring another, authorities said.

The plane was carrying packages from Raleigh to Wilmington when it crashed at the airport, said Jean Nipper of United Parcel Service. UPS chartered the airplane for the flight.

The plane belonged to Tar Heel Aviation of Jacksonville, N.C.

Jack Barker of the Federal Aviation Administration in Atlanta said the Nomad 24 cargo plane attempted an instrument landing, but reported a missed approach.

After the pilot turned back, the plane stalled and crashed on a runway, catching fire.