Tag: Crashes/Accidents/Mishaps

Folland Gnat pilot killed in airshow crash

Another accident occured yesterday in Great-Britain, with more tragic consequences. Kevin Whyman was killed in the crash of Folland Gnat XR538 he was demonstrating at the Carfest North show in Cheshire in the United-Kingdom. Aged 39, Whyman was married and had a young daughter. He was a city worker and Cambridge University graduate, and one …

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Spitfire Mk IX MK912 crashes at Biggin Hill

Supermarine Spitfire Mk IX MK912 was heavily damaged yesterday at Biggin Hill when it lost power shortly after take-off. Its pilot Dan Griffith managed to settle the aircraft down and limit the damage, and was only lightly wounded. The Spitfire was seriously damaged but its owners have pledged to restore it to airworthiness. Sources: The Telegraph …

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Cockpit footage of TBM Avenger’s emergency landing during Arsenal Of Democracy VE Day Flyover

A very interesting video shot from the pilot’s helmet cam, showing the emergency landing of a TBM Avenger seconds before the flyover. What was initially thought to be smoke and fire prooved to be vapourized hydraulic fluid. Nobody was hurt in the incident, and the damage was repaired very quickly. The video also shows the …

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Landing accident for Hurricane P3351 after La Ferté-Alais airshow

Hawker Hurricane P3351 left the runway and ended on its nose in a landing accident at Dijon-Darois Sunday afternoon. Reportedly, nobody was injured in the accident. The aircraft had taken part in the large airshow in La Ferté-Alais on Saturday and Sunday. Source: Bien Public

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In-flight fire for BBMF Avro Lancaster

The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight’s Avro Lancaster suffered an in-flight fire on its #4 engine during a training flight on May 7. The crew managed to land the aircraft safely at RAF Coningsby. The extent of the damage suffered by the aircraft is unknown but it will not be able to participate in the …

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

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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Extraordinary luck

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

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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Yak-3 crashes in France, pilot and passenger unhurt

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

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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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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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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Pilot killed in Sk 50 crash in Sweden

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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