The Year of '72

The years aircraft: The Airbus A300

April 1 – BOAC and BEA merge to create British Airways.

June 18 – In the Staines Disaster, British European Airways Flight 548, a Hawker Siddeley Trident 1C, crashes at Staines-upon-Thames, England, less than three minutes after takeoff from London Heathrow Airport, killing all 118 people on board. It will be the deadliest aviation incident in the United Kingdom until December 1988.

October 26 – The Russian American aviation pioneer Igor Sikorsky dies at the age of 83.