The Shorts 360 plane had been leased to Sirte Oil Co in Libya to transport workers between its headquarters and various oil fields.
The aircraft departed Tripoli at 12:29. En route to Marsa el-Brega the crew noted a fuel imbalance and did a cross feed until fuel was balanced again at 14:17. The descent from FL70 was started at 14:25. Eleven minutes later both engines flamed out. The aircraft was ditched off the Libyan coast in a 10deg nose up attitude. The tail broke off and the wreckage sank inverted to a depth of 38m, about 3 miles from the coast.
Acting on a tipoff by the CIA, Thai intelligence puts 9/11 hijackers Khalid Almihdhar and Nawaf Alhazmi on its watch list. In addition, it puts an alias al-Qaeda leader Khallad bin Attash is using (Salah Saeed Mohammed bin Yousaf) on the watch list (January 20, 2000). The CIA is aware that the three men arrived in Bangkok on January 8 (January 8, 2000), but seems to be unable to locate them in Thailand (January 13, 2000).
Microsoft chairman Bill Gates steps aside as chief executive and promotes company president Steve Ballmer to the position
The last original "Peanuts" comic strip appears in newspapers one day after Charles M. Schulz died.
42nd Grammy Awards: Smooth, Christina Aguilera wins
The 800+ deaths of members of the Ugandan cult Movement for the Restoration of the Ten Commandments of God is considered to be a mass murder and suicide orchestrated by leaders of the cult.
Phillips explosion of 2000 kills 1 and injures 71 in Pasadena, Texas.
The Big Number Change takes place in the United Kingdom.
President Bill Clinton announces that accurate GPS access would no longer be restricted to the United States military.
Conjunction of Sun, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn & Moon
The Patent Law Treaty (PLT) was signed.
A leaking southern Nigerian petroleum pipeline explodes, killing about 250 villagers scavenging gasoline.
Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley is raised to the surface after 136 years on the ocean floor.
Opening ceremony of the XXVII Olympics in Sydney, Australia
Closing ceremony of the XXVII Olympics in Sydney, Australia
New state of Jharkhand comes into existence in India
American Vice President Al Gore delivers his concession speech effectively ending his hopes of becoming the 43rd President of the United States.