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August 2018:

  • 3 August: A 1941 Stinson L-5 Sentinel, I-AEEA, made a forced landing into a lake near Bodio Lomnago, Italy, after an apparent engine failure. The aircraft was substantially damaged, but the pilot was not seriously injured. [Local news>>]

  • 4 August: A 1929 Junkers Ju-52, HG-HOT (c/n 6595), crashed on a mountain during a sightseeing flight in the Swiss Alps. All 17 passengers and a crew of three were killed. The company that operated the aircraft had conducted similar flights for many years. [News link>>]

  • 11 August: A Polikarpov Po-2 biplane, registered RA-1928G, crashed in Irkutsk, Russia, under unknown circumstances. Both the pilot and passenger were injured. The aircraft was substantially damaged.

  • 13 August: A North American AT-6C / Harvard IIA, ZK-RNZ (c/n 88-9272) (NZ1015), made a forced landing in a field with its landing gear retracted, near Ōhakea, North Island, New Zealand. The aircraft appeared to have sustained damage to the propeller (and presumably, the engine), but the two crewmembers were not injured. The aircraft is operated by the RNZAF as a part of its Historic Flight, and had recently undergone a multi-year restoration. [Local news>>]

  • 23 August: A 1955 North American T-28B Trojan, N215SF (Bu.No. 137723), crashed and burned near the end of a runway in Anoka, Minnesota, USA. The pilot was seriously injured, and the plane was destroyed. The pilot reported there was smoke in the cockpit just prior to the accident. [News report>>]

  • 23 August: A 1951 North American SNJ-5 Texan, N28955 (s/n 49-3245), suffered the collapse of its landing gear during landing in Houston, Texas, USA. The aircraft veered off the side of the runway. The pilot and passenger were not injured.

  • 25 August: A 1982 Yakovlev Yak-52, N3042W (s/n 822209), made a gear-up landing in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA. The pilot and passenger were not reported to be injured.

  • 25 August: A 1954 Grumman UF-1/HU-16 Albatross, N1955G (s/n 137933), struck an unknown object in the water during takeoff  near Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, USA. Damage to the aircraft is unknown.

  • 26 August: A 1943 Vought/Goodyear FG1D Corsair, N9964Z (Bu. No. 92468), made an emergency landing in Detroit, Michigan, USA, after the pilot reported fuel in the cockpit.

  • 27 August: A 1945 Grumman TBM-3E Avenger, N3969A, made an emergency descent and came to rest in a ditch after landing in Carson City, Nevada, USA. The propeller was damaged in the incident, but neither occupant was injured.

September 2018:

  • 7 September: A Yakovlev Yak-9UM, VH-YIX, crashed under unknown circumstances near Moe, Victoria, Australia. The pilot was killed. Witnesses reported seeing the aircraft performing aerobatics prior to the crash. [Local news>>]

  • 14 September: Two Aero Vodochody L-39 Albatros jets, N139PJ (Race #37) and N139UK (Race #13) collided during a heat at the National Championship Air Races at Reno, Nevada, USA. Both pilots managed to land safely, with one of the aircraft (Race #37) sustaining significant damage to the right wing, vertical stabilizer and left horizontal stabilizer -- and losing its right aileron entirely. [Video of the race, including the incident>>]

  • 15 September: A 1945 Boeing PT-17 Kaydet/Stearman, N34KS (s/n 75-5384), struck a Bellanca Citabria during a landing in Mt. Morris, Illinois, USA. The Stearman suffered damage to two of its four wings. Neither pilot reported injuries.

  • 19 September: A 1952 Lockheed T-33, N514RH, lost its cockpit canopy during landing in Denver, Colorado, USA. The pilot was not injured in the incident.

  • 20 September: A 1960 Hiller UH-12E helicopter, N1349A, suffered a blade-strike and was substantially damaged in Frankfort, Kansas, USA. The condition of the pilot is not known.

October 2018:

  • 1 October: Legendary test pilot and air racer Darryl Greenamyer died at age 82. Greenamyer was known for breaking the (then) world piston-powered speed record in his modified F8F Bearcat "Conquest I" in 1969, for his numerous wins at the National Championship air races in Reno, Nevada, USA, and for his record-setting flights in his "Red Baron" F-104 Starfighter. In 1994, he led a team that unsuccessfully attempted to recover a crashed B-29 named "Kee Bird" in Greenland.

  • 5 October: A 1946 North American Navion-A / L-17, N969TR, made a forced landing on a road near Meridian, Mississippi, USA, after an engine failure. The pilot was not injured. The plane was substantially damaged. [News link>>]

  • 11 October: A 1950 North American T-28A Trojan, N272NA, made a successful emergency landing in a harvested cornfield near Creston, Illinois, USA. Neither the pilot nor the passenger were injured, and the plane appeared to be undamaged. The plane was near the end of a cross-country flight from Oklahoma when the incident occurred.  [News link>>]

  • 15 October: Microsoft co-founder, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and prolific warbird collector Paul G. Allen died at age 65. In 2004, Allen formed the extraordinary Flying Heritage Collection (later known as the Flying Heritage and Combat Armor Museum) in Everett, Washington, USA. Allen's love of historic aviation resulted in many aircraft types continuing to fly that otherwise would have become extinct. [Vulcan, Inc. statement on Paul Allen's death >>]

  • 16 October: A Consolidated/Vultee BT-13A Valiant, N59842 (c/n 5057) suffered a loss of engine power during a touch-and-go in Livermore, California, USA. The aircraft landed long and struck a fence between the airport and an adjoining golf course. The pilot and passenger were not injured, and although the aircraft suffered damage, it appears to be largely intact. [Local news link>>]

  • 20 October: A 1980 Aero Vodochody L-39C Albatros, N29VP, made a controlled gear-up landing in Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA, after losing an entire main landing gear wheel on takeoff. Neither the pilot nor his passenger were injured. The aircraft suffered only minor damage. [News link>>]

  • 23 October: A North American SNJ-5, N7969E (s/n 42-84535), suffered an engine failure near Agoura Hills, California, USA, and the pilot made an emergency landing on a busy highway. During the landing, the aircraft struck the concrete center divider and subsequently caught fire. The pilot escaped with very minor injuries, but the aircraft was largely consumed by the fire. [Local news>>]

  • 24 October: A 1967 Aero Vodochody L-29 Delfin, N199DM, made an emergency landing in Wilmington, Delaware, USA, with its nose gear retracted. The pilot was not injured, and the aircraft sustained only minor damage. [News link>>]

November 2018:

  • 3 November: A Siai-Marchetti SF260D, I-ISAE, crashed in a field near Caorle, Italy. Both occupants were killed, although the aircraft remained largely intact and there was no fire. [Local news>>]

  • 17 November: A North American P-51D Mustang, N4132A (s/n 44-74445)("Pecos Bill"), crashed in a parking lot next to an apartment complex near Fredericksburg, Texas, USA, after an apparent engine failure. Owner/pilot Cowden Ward and his WWII-veteran passenger and former B-17 bombardier, Vince Losada, were killed. The aircraft had participated in a flyover as part of a history program for a nearby museum, and the owner was known to give rides to WWII veterans. [Local news report>>]

  • 22 November: A long-lost Supermarine Spitfire reconnaissance plane was discovered in good condition in a mountain bog in Norway by a UK-based researcher. Its pilot, Alastair Gunn, was on a long-range photo mission from Scotland when he was shot down in 1942. Later, he was a part of the famous "Great Escape" from the Stalag Luft 3 prison camp, but was executed by his captors in April 1944. In his memory, Spitfire AA810 will be restored to flying condition, and a television documentary of the aircraft's recovery and restoration is being produced. [More information>>]

  • 30 November: A Scottish Aviation Bulldog, HA-TVD, struck powerlines and crashed near Rábapaty, Hungary. The pilot was killed and the aircraft was destroyed. [Local news>>]

December 2018:

  • 8 December: One DeHavilland DH-100 Vampire was destroyed and another one severely damaged in a hangar fire at the Paris-Villaroche Airport, France. [News link>>]

  • 12 December: The pilot of a 1958 Hawker Hunter Mk.58, N323AX, operated by a defense contractor, ejected from the aircraft after takeoff from Honolulu, Hawaii, USA. The pilot sustained back injuries and was rescued by the Coast Guard and local boaters. The aircraft was destroyed. [Local news, including videos>>]

  • 31 December: A North American XP-82 Twin Mustang N887XP (s/n 44-83887), the only one currently airworthy, made its first post-restoration flight in Douglas, Georgia, USA. Restorer Tom Reilly and his team acquired parts of the aircraft from a private collection in 2008, as well as from numerous and diverse other sources. Today's 5-minute flight was actually an accidental flight, intended to be only a high-speed taxi and a brief liftoff. [More information>>]

January 2019:

  • 13 January: Yet another deHavilland Mosquito has joined the ranks of airworthy "Mossies." ZK-BCV (PZ474), owned by collector Rod Lewis, made its first post-restoration flight in Auckland, New Zealand. There are now four airworthy examples of the type. Congratulations to Avspecs, Ltd on their accomplishment! [More information>>]

  • 21 January: A 1942 AMI DC-3-65TP (formerly Douglas C-47A Dakota) N467KS (s/n 43-15709) struck powerlines and trees, and crashed shortly after takeoff in Apple Creek, Ohio, USA. Both pilots were killed, and the aircraft was substantially destroyed. The aircraft was a turbine conversion of a vintage DC-3. Initial reports suggest the aircraft may have had engine troubles before the crash. [Editor's Note: We are sad to report that one of the pilots was Brian Stoltzfus, owner of Preferred Airparts, a noted supplier of parts in the warbird industry, as well as a well-known restoration and maintenance shop. Our condolences to the pilots' families, and to the employees of Preferred Airparts.] [Local news>>]

  • 28 January: The first official flight of Tom Reilly's North American XP-82 Twin Mustang, N887XP, was performed in Douglas, Georgia. (See 31 December entry above). The flight appeared to go well.

February 2019:

  • 10 February: The pilot of a 1942 deHavilland DH82A Tiger Moth, VH-KNX, performed a successful emergency landing on a beach in New South Wales, Australia, after a partial power loss. The aircraft was not damaged. [News report>>]

  • 27 February: A 1943 Supermarine Spitfire T.9, G-CTIX (PT462), made a belly landing at Denham, Buckinghamshire, UK. Neither the pilot nor passenger were injured, and the aircraft is expected to be fully repaired.

March 2019:

  • 5 March: A Martin WB-57F Canberra, N928NA, a high-altitude weather research plane operated by NASA, left the paved runway surface during a takeoff attempt in Houston, Texas, USA. Reports indicate the incident may have been caused by a landing gear malfunction. Neither crewmember aboard was injured, and the aircraft appeared to be undamaged. [News report>>]

  • 10 March: A 1953 North American T-28B Trojan, N55500 (Bu.No. 137716) crashed near Escuintla, Guatemala while performing aerobatics at a public auto show. The passenger died in the accident, and the pilot died later at the hospital. The aircraft was destroyed. The pilot had been involved with at least two other recent accidents, including one other destroyed T-28, and had had his Guatemalan pilot's certificate revoked. [Local news report>>]

  • 11 March: A Cessna L-19E Birddog, N4431C (c/n 24549), crashed into a house on a residential airport community in Benton, Kansas, USA, while practicing touch and go's. One of the two pilots suffered minor injuries. The other was uninjured. The aircraft was substantially damaged. [Local news report>>]

  • 13 March: A 1956 North American T-28B Trojan, N5440F (Bu.No. 138294), collided with a Cessna 152 while landing in Compton (Los Angeles), California, USA. The Trojan pilot reportedly did not see the other aircraft on the runway due to the setting sun. A student pilot in the Cessna was killed, and the instructor was critically injured. The T-28 pilot reportedly suffered no injuries. [Local news>>]

  • 16 March: A 1942 Curtiss P-40N Warhawk, N1226N (s/n 42-105867), suffered the collapse of its left main landing gear upon landing in Houston, Texas, USA. The pilot was not injured, and the aircraft was not seriously damaged except for its propeller (and, presumably, its engine). [Video of aircraft after the incident>]


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