On this day: March 24

Posted: 6:45 PM EDT Mar 18, 2014   Updated: 2:00 AM EDT Mar 24, 2016

A newly discovered planet gets its name, Elvis is sworn into the Army, the Exxon Valdez runs aground in Alaska, and Halle Berry makes Oscar history, all on this day.

OTD March 24 - Germanwings Flight 9525
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2015: Germanwings Flight 9525 crashes in the French Alps, killing all 150 people aboard. Experts were at first mystified about the crash, blaming pilot error or a possible equipment malfunction, but eventually determined the crash to be an apparent mass murder-suicide. Investigators believe pilot Andreas Lubitz locked his co-pilot out of the cockpit, ignored radio messages and deliberately crashed the German airliner. The crash unnerved fliers everywhere, led to changes in airlines' policies and sparked a global debate about how to monitor the mental health of pilots.


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