Tag Archive: Crashes/Accidents/Mishaps

Mar 06 2015

Harrison Ford wounded in Ryan ST crash

Actor Harrison Ford was wounded in the crash of the Ryan ST-3KR that he was flying, when he attempted to land the aircraft on a golf course near Los Angeles. Ford’s life is not in danger and he should be able to make a full recovery, according to his press agent.

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Aug 06 2014

RNHF Sea Fury damaged in emergency accident

The Hawker Sea Fury T.20 VX281 operated by the Royal Navy Historical Flight was damaged in an emergency landing during an airshow at RNAS Culdrose on Friday July 31st. The pilot was able to land the aircraft but the main landing gear failed and the aircraft exited the runway and ended its landing run on …

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Apr 28 2014

Pilot missing in Sea Fury racer and Cessna mid-air collision over California

Sea Fury Dreadnought

The Sea Fury T. Mk 20 “Dreadnought”, well known for its performances at the reno Air Races, was involved in a mid-air collision with a Cessna 210 over California. Both aircraft were returning from the Pacific Coast Dream Machines airshow when they collided. The Cessna 210 was seen falling into San Pablo bay. Although some …

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Mar 10 2014

Extraordinary luck

© Tim Telford

I digress today into general aviation news, for a simple reason. Maintaining a blog about warbirds and vintage aviation often means presenting accidents with the too-often loss of life or limb, not to mention loss of historically significant aircraft. Today, the accident being presented ended unbelievably: last Saturday, a Cessna 170 struck a parachutist, sending …

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Oct 24 2013

Two killed in P-51 Mustang “Galveston Gal” crash

Photo Arturo Yee (CC BY 2.0)

The P-51D Mustang “Galveston Gal”, owned and operated for recreational flights by the Lone Star Flight Museum, crashed today in the Gulf of Mexico. The pilot and his passenger were killed in the accident. Fishermen alerted the US Coast Gaurd after witnessing the aircraft plunging in the water. Search and rescue team later found the …

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Sep 13 2013

Yak-3 crashes in France, pilot and passenger unhurt

The Yak-3 F-AZZV. (Photo alkainel (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0))

This afternoon, the Yakolev Yak-3 F-AZZV crashed in Dijon, France. The pilot and his passenger are reportedly unhurt. According to available information, the aircraft could not be stopped during its landing run. Available pictures show that the aircraft suffered extensive damage: the main landing gear and propeller were sheared from the aircraft, while the engine …

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Aug 20 2013

EADS/Messerschmitt Bf 109 “Red 7″ crash lands again in Denmark

Photo Neuwieser (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

The Bf 109G-4 “Red 7″ restored and flown by EADS / Messerschmitt Foundation landed wheels-up in a field after suffering an engine failure during an airshow in Roskilde, Denmark, last Sunday. The pilot is unhurt and the aircraft does not seem to have suffered heavy damage. The propeller is shattered and the engine will certainly …

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Jul 15 2013

French Spitfire PR.19 damaged upon landing

On July 5, Supermarine Spitfire PR.19 (F-AZJS) was damaged upon landing. According to some sources, the aircraft was landing after having experienced engine problems. On this YouTube video, it can be seen nearly nosing over on touchdown. The propeller was shattered, and the engine will have to be inspected for shock damage. Aside from this, …

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Jun 23 2013

Jane Wicker and Charlie Schwenker killed in Stearman crash

More sad news: Wingwalker Jane Wicker and pilot Charlie Schwenker were killed in the crash of their Stearman during a demontration at the Dayton airshow yesterday. The biplane appears to have stalled while it was flying inverted with limited speed. The aircraft burst into flames upon impact, killing Wicker and Schwenker instantly.

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Jun 03 2013

Pilot killed in Sk 50 crash in Sweden

A Saab 91C (Swedish Air Force designation: Sk 50C). (Photo towpilot (CC BY-SA 2.0))

The pilot of a Sk 50, the military designation of the Saab 91 Safir, was killed in the crash of his aircraft Saturday afternoon at an airshow in Søderhamn, Sweden. The causes of the accident are unknown at this time. The airshow was cancelled following the accident. Source

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May 05 2013

Pilot killed in Ha-200 Saeta crash in Spain

Ha-200 Saeta EC-DXR in flight. (Photo César Astudillo (CC BY 2.0))

A pilot was killed today when a Hispano Ha-200 Saeta crashed during an airshow in Madrid. The causes of the accident are unknown at this time. The pilot is Ladislao Tejedor Romero, a 35-year old experienced military pilot and assistant to the Spanish Defence Minister. Romero died from burns suffered in the crash after he was …

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Jan 10 2013

Spitfire Mk XIX crash-lands in East Midlands

Spitfire PR.XIX PS853 at Duxford in 2003. (Photo Brian Proctor (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0))

The Rolls-Royce Heritage Trust Spitfire PR.XIX (PS853) was damaged on Monday when its landing gear failed upon landing at East Midlands airport. The aircraft came to a halt on the runway, which was closed for a few hours. The pilot was unharmed, and the extent of damage suffered by the aircraft is unknown. Available photos …

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Oct 03 2012

Six killed in de Havilland DH.84 Dragon crash in Australia

An airworthy  DH.84 Dragon (Photo Tony Hisgett (CC BY 2.0)).

Six people were killed yesterday in the crash of a 1934 de Havilland DH.84 Dragon (VH-UXG) in Australia yesterday. The aircraft was flown by pilot Des Porter, accompanied by his wife and four friends. Returning from an airshow in Monto in Queensland, the aircraft’s distress beacon was activated when they ran in foul weather. A …

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Sep 17 2012

L-39 Albatros from the Breitling Jet Team crashes in the Netherlands

Photo Max Pfandl (CC BY 2.0)

During the afternoon of Saturday the 15th of September, the crew of an L-39 of the Breitling Jet Team ejected from its aircraft after developing mechanical trouble. The team was overflying the Netherlands on its way to a meeting in Belgium. The two-man crew, composed of the pilot and a mechanic in the rear seat, …

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Sep 09 2012

Bob Odegaard killed in Super Corsair crash

Odegaard's Super Corsair in Reno. (Photo tataquax (CC BY-SA 2.0))

Bob Odegaard, the famous pilot and owner of Super Corsair #74, was killed when his aircraft crashed during a practice session for the Barnes County Airshow, near Fargo, North Dakota, USA. The meeting has been cancelled but the organizers. It seems, based on eyewitnesses’ reports, that the aircraft went into a barrel roll after takeoff …

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