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January 2018:

  • 17 January: A Bell UH-1H "Huey" helicopter, N658H (s/n 67-17658), crashed near Raton, New Mexico, USA, killing five of the six people on board. [News link>>]

  • 31 January: The 1944 Douglas C-47 Skytrain, N88874 (s/n #42-92847) that led the Normandy, France invasion on June 6, 1944 has flown once again, after a long restoration. The aircraft, named "That's All, Brother," made its post-restoration flight from Oshkosh, Wisconsin, USA, where it was stored in a field ten years ago. It will be operated by the Central Texas Wing of the Commemorative Air Force. It is slated to appear in many stateside events before marking the 75th Anniversary of D-Day by flying across the Atlantic to the UK and Normandy. [CAF news brief>>]

February 2018:

  • 10 February: A 1942 North American AT-6C Texan, N76BZ (c/n 847653), experienced a landing gear collapse and runway excursion upon landing in Mesa, Arizona, USA. The pilot was not injured. The right wing, propeller and engine of the aircraft were damaged. [Local news report>>]

  • 14 February: A 1950 deHavilland Canada DHC-1 Chipmunk T.10, VH-RSM (c/n C1-0245), lost engine power and made a forced landing near Maitland, New South Wales, Australia. The pilot suffered minor injuries, and the airplane was considerably damaged.

  • 21 February: A 1966 Soko G-2 Galeb, N90SR, departed the runway surface and struck a fence after landing in Elko, Nevada, USA, after apparent brake problems. The pilot received minor injuries to his back, and the aircraft suffered undetermined damage. [Local news>>]

  • 23 February: A 1940 Boeing B75N1 Stearman, N62438 (s/n 75-6757), experienced an engine failure and attempted to land on a road near Zephyrhills, Florida, USA. During the approach, the aircraft struck an overhead traffic signal and struck the ground hard. The pilot and passenger suffered minor injuries. The aircraft was substantially damaged. [Local news report>>]

  • 24 February: A deHavilland Canada DHC-1 Chipmunk T.10, G-BTWF (WK549), made an emergency landing in a muddy field near Goole, East Yorkshire, England, after the pilot reportedly could not find his intended airfield. During the landing, the aircraft's propeller struck the ground and was bent. The pilot was not injured. [News link>>]

March 2018:

  • 14 March: A 1952 Hiller UH-12B Raven helicopter, F-AYFS (c/n 249) crashed into a lake just after takeoff in Haute-Savoie, France. Both occupants suffered minor injuries. [Local news report>>]

  • 15 March: A replica of a Supermarine Spitfire called a Spitfire Mk. XXVI, registered D-ESKU, crashed under unknown circumstances near Herzlia-Allee, Germany. There are reports that the aircraft was on fire before touching down. The pilot suffered burns, and the aircraft was destroyed. [News report>>]

  • 21 March: The UK's Crown Prosecution service (CPS) has announced that the pilot who crashed a Hawker Hunter onto a motorway during an airshow in Shoreham, UK, killing 11 people in August 2015, will be charged with 11 counts of "manslaughter by gross negligence" and one count of "endangering an aircraft." The manslaughter charges can incur a maximum sentence of life imprisonment. Pilot Andy Hill was critically injured in the accident, but has largely recovered. [News link>>]

  • 22 March: A Scottish Aviation Bulldog, G-BZMD (XX554), was substantially damaged during a runway overrun incident near Horsham, West Sussex, UK. The pilot and passenger were not injured. [News link>>]

  • 31 March: A Yakovlev Yak-3M, ZK-YYY (c/n 1701231) was substantially damaged during its landing roll at an airshow in Wanaka, New Zealand, when the aircraft's right wing struck a cherry picker that was parked adjacent to the grass runway. The aircraft's right wing was mostly ripped from the plane, causing it to spin around, collapse its starboard landing gear, and dig its propeller into the ground. The pilot was not injured. [Video of the incident>>]

April 2018:

  • 8 April: A Yakovlev Yak-18, F-AZYK, crashed at Bénifontaine, France. Witnesses reported seeing the aircraft perform a low pass, then pull up and unsuccessfully perform a barrel roll. It struck the ground and burst into flame. Both the pilot and passenger were killed. The plane had been participating in an event with a Canadian group celebrating the 101st anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge. [Local news report>>]

  • 16 April: Due to heavy snow and years of corrosion, a static-display North American B-25 Mitchell (43-30444) was damaged at the General Mitchell Airport in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA, when the left wing broke off the aircraft just outboard of the engine. The aircraft was donated to the airport by the Air National Guard in 1960, and was mounted on a display pedestal in 2015.

  • 17 April: A 1965 Bell UH-1H Iroquois helicopter, VH-HUE, crashed while fighting a brushfire in Kosciuszko National Park near Cabramurra, NSW, Australia, and was destroyed. The pilot was seriously injured. [News link>>]

  • 23 April: An accidental fire, sparked by a scrapper's acetylene torch, destroyed a Douglas C-47 that had been in the collection of the now-defunct Chanute Air Museum in Rantoul, Illinois, USA. Salvage operators have been onsite for over a week, dismantling the last of the unsold aircraft. [Local news>>]

  • 25 April: A North American SNJ-5 / AT-6D Texan, N12377 (c/n 88-16947), crashed shortly after takeoff from Naval Air Station Kingsville, Texas, USA, killing both the pilot and the passenger. [Local news>>]

  • 25 April: The Warbird Heritage Foundation in Waukegan, Illinois, USA announced that Moonbeam McSwine, a North American P-51D Mustang formerly owned by the late Vlado Lenoch, will be returning to the United States and flown in his memory by the Foundation. The aircraft had been in France for the past couple of years. Lenoch was killed last year in the crash of the foundation's P-51.

  • 26 April: A Yakovlev Yak-52 suffered a loss of engine power and made a forced landing in a filbert orchard near Hillsboro, Oregon, USA. The pilot and passenger were critically injured and the aircraft was substantially damaged. [News Link and photos>>]

May 2018:

  • 5 May: A 1932 Morane-Saulnier MS.315E, G-BZNK (c/n 354), made a successful forced landing on a beach near Sidmouth, Devon, UK after an engine failure. Neither the pilot nor passenger were injured. [News>>] [Video of the incident>>]

  • 7 May: A 1945 Grumman TBM-3E Avenger, N337VT (Bu.No. 53337), was presumably destroyed after the crew successfully bailed out after an engine failure over rough, mountainous terrain near Fort Apache, Arizona. Both the pilot and passenger suffered injuries, but are expected to fully recover. The crash site of the aircraft had not been determined, as of several days later.

  • 25 May: A 1964 Bell UH-1H Iroquois helicopter, N111DR (s/n 64-13699), suffered a hard landing during a post-maintenance check flight in Olympia, Washington, USA. The aircraft was substantially damaged, and both crewmembers were injured. [Local news link>>]

  • 25 May: A North American F-6D/P-51 Mustang, N51BS (s/n 44-84786 / 44-73822) ("Lil' Margaret") was substantially damaged during takeoff at Woodchurch, Kent, UK. The aircraft was on a delivery/ferry flight to its new home in Italy, with its new owner at the controls, at the time of the accident. The pilot's condition is not known.

  • 26 May: A 1942 Boeing E75 Stearman, N43YP (s/n 76-6018), crashed after losing engine power shortly after takeoff at Turweston, Buckinghamshire, UK. It is not known if the pilot was injured. The aircraft was substantially damaged.

  • 28 May: A 1943 Fairchild M-62C / PT-23 Cornell, N64176, was substantially damaged during a forced landing near Wichita, Kansas, USA. The aircraft had just finished performing a series of flybys of Memorial Day ceremonies in the area. [Local news>>]

  • 28 May: A 1944 Aeronca O-58B Grasshopper, N47252, made an emergency landing in a bean field near Tekamah, Nebraska, USA, after completing a Memorial Day flyby. The aircraft came to rest in a ditch. The cause of the forced landing is not known. The two occupants sustained minor injuries. [Local news>>]

  • 30 May: A North American SNJ-2 Texan, operated by the famed Geico Skytypers team, crashed near Melville, New York, USA. The aircraft was destroyed by impact and fire, and the pilot was killed. Video taken just before the crash showed the aircraft in a fully-developed spin.  [News link>>]

June 2018:

  • 8 June: A 1971 Aero Vodochody L-29 Delfin, N4323N, landed in a field after takeoff from Moriarty, New Mexico, USA, for unknown reasons. The pilot suffered minor injuries.

  • 15 June: A 1944 Stinson L-5 Sentinel, N45TX (s/n 44-17397) ("Miss Treatment"), made a forced landing into a lake in Thomson, Georgia, USA. The pilot was rescued from the water, and the aircraft was salvaged from the bottom of the lake the next day. Other than water damage, it appeared the aircraft suffered damage only to its engine cowling and windshield. [Local news>>]

  • 15 June: A 1941 Boeing B75N1 Stearman, N52107, ground-looped after landing and struck a wingtip on the ground at Waukegan, Illinois, USA. The pilot was not injured, and the aircraft suffered only minor damage.

  • 19 June: A 1958 North American F-100F Super Sabre, N2011V (s/n 56-3948), blew a tire after applying heavy braking following a drag-chute failure on landing in Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA. The airplane was not otherwise damaged, and the pilot was not injured. The incident closed the runway for over an hour, causing some commercial airliners to be delayed or diverted. [Local news>>]

  • 19 June: A 1970 Bell OH-58 Kiowa helicopter, N303HP, suffered control difficulties and rolled over during takeoff from a training facility in Raleigh, North Carolina, USA. The pilots were slightly injured, and the aircraft was substantially damaged. [News story>>]

  • 23 June: A Yakovlev Yak-52, LY-AMA, suffered an engine failure while on final approach in Kaunas, Lithuania. The pilot, a noted aerobatic champion, landed long and intentionally swerved the aircraft off the runway to avoid going down a steep embankment at the end. The aircraft was very heavily damaged in the resulting crash. The pilot suffered serious injuries. The passenger had only minor injuries. [News report>>]

  • 25 June: A 1941 Boeing B75N1 Stearman, N52584, came to rest inverted after a nose-over accident during landing in Lexington, North Carolina, USA. One of the occupants was slightly injured, and the aircraft sustained substantial damage. [Local news>>]

  • 27 June: A 1948 Ryan Navion A, N444AC, made a gear-up landing in Burnet, Texas, USA. The pilot and passenger were not injured, but the aircraft suffered substantial damage to at least its engine and propeller. [News link>>]

  • 29 June: A 1940 Boeing PT-13D/N2S-5 Stearman, HB-RBG, came to rest inverted after landing in Lupfig, Switzerland. Neither of the occupants were injured. [Local news>>]

July 2018:

  • 1 July: A 1938 Lockheed 12A Electra Junior, N14999 (s/n 1252), was substantially damaged during a landing mishap in Zwartberg, Belgium. Video of the incident shows the aircraft swerve off the runway and strike a hangar. None of the five occupants were injured. [News and video>>]

  • 1 July: A 1941 deHavilland DH-82A Tiger Moth, ZK-ALM, made a forced landing in a field near Papakura, Auckland, New Zealand, following an engine failure. The aircraft was substantially damaged, but neither occupant suffered injuries. [News link>>]

  • 5 July: A 1942 North American AT-6D/SNJ-5 Texan, N29963 (s/n 49-2977), lost directional control during landing in Moneta, Virginia, and struck a line of trees. The pilot was not injured, but the aircraft was substantially damaged. [Local news>>]

  • 20 July: A 1957 deHavilland DH-112 Venom, N747J, crashed shortly after takeoff in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, USA, after an apparent engine failure. The aircraft struck a cornfield and some farm buildings, and there was a post-crash fire. The pilot, noted warbird collector and the founder of the World Heritage Air Museum, Marty Tibbitts, was killed. Two farm workers were injured, and over 40 calves were injured and had to be euthanized in the accident. [Local news>>] [Editor's Note: Our sincere condolences to Marty's family and friends. He was a friend and an enthusiastic supporter of the jet warbird community. He will be missed.]

  • 21 July: A 1944 Douglas C-47B / DC-3 Dakota, N47HL, operated by the Commemorative Air Force, was involved in a takeoff accident and was destroyed by fire in Burnet, Texas, USA. All 13 occupants survived the accident; 5 were injured. The aircraft appeared to swerve left and right, then left the ground at what appeared to be a slow airspeed, stalled and impacted hard, shearing off the landing gear. [Local news and video of the accident>>]
     

 

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