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May 2021:

  • 4 May: An Aero Vodochody L-29 Delfin, N129MR, made an emergency gear-up landing in Hollister, California, USA, after a landing gear malfunction. The pilot reportedly circled the airport for a while, attempting to lower the gear, before performing a successful belly landing. The plane suffered minor damage, and the pilot was not injured. [News link>>]

  • 25 May: A Dassault Mirage F.1 N567EM, operated by a civilian defense contractor, crashed into a residential neighborhood near Nellis AFB in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. The pilot had reported a "flap problem." He ejected out of the ejection envelope, and was killed. [Local news>>]

June 2021:

  • 20 June: A 1954 North American T-28B Trojan, OE-ESA, operated by the Flying Bulls, crashed near Jickovice, Czech Republic. One of the two occupants was killed, and the other suffered serious injuries. The aircraft was destroyed. [Local news report>>]

  • 24 June: A 1982 Yakovlev Yak-52, N2208Z, lost engine power and the pilot was forced to ditch the aircraft in the Pacific Ocean near Waianae, Hawaii, USA. The pilot was not injured. [Local news>>]

July 2021:

  • 4 July: A 1960 Focke-Wulf P-149D, N9145 (s/n 167), crashed during an approach to an airport in Killeen, Texas, USA. The pilot was killed and the aircraft was destroyed. [Local news report>>]

  • 4 July: A 1943 Boeing A75N1 Stearman, N429AB, lost engine power and made a forced landing in tall grass near Elbe, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany. The aircraft sustained substantial damage, but the two occupants were not injured. [News link>>]

  • 5 July: A 1965 Nanchang CJ-6A, C-GYAC (c/n 1232028), was involved in a fatal incident in Saint-Espirit, Quebec, Canada. During a landing attempt, the aircraft struck a person operating a lawn tractor along the edge of the runway, and the person was killed. The aircraft sustained damage to its right wing, [News link>>]

  • 8 July: The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released a new interpretation of guidance regarding training in aircraft licensed in the Experimental, Limited and Primary categories. The interpretation would add extra, onerous steps for anyone who wants to train in a warbird, even if the trainee owns the airplane. The warbird and homebuilt communities claim this radical change will disincentivize safety by causing unneeded bureaucracy and paperwork, and by causing processing delays that will lead to delayed training. [More information>>]

  • 10 July: A 1942 North American NA-81 Harvard II, C-FRWN, experienced a groundloop during landing in Geneseo, New York, USA. The pilot was not injured, and the aircraft suffered only minor damage. [Fan video of the incident>>]

  • 11 July: A 1958 Lockheed T-33A Shooting Star, N94484 (c/n 58-0491), parked at the Chico Air Museum in Chico, California, USA was damaged when a student driver stepped on the accelerator pedal instead of the brake pedal, crashing the car into the aircraft's tail section. The aircraft sustained serious damage. No one was injured in the incident. [News report>>]

  • 15 July: A 1950 deHavilland Canada DHC-1 Chipmunk, N47YC, was substantially damaged after a forced landing near Lebanon, Tennessee, USA. The pilot suffered minor injuries. [News link>>]

  • 15 July: A Noordyun AT-16ND Harvand II, G-CORS, suffered the collapse of its main landing gear upon landing in Castle Donnington, Derbyshire, UK. Neither occupant was injured. [News link>>]

  • 18 July: A Morane-Saulnier MS-505 Criquet (3/4-scale Storch replica), SP-YRZ (c/n 263), was substantially damaged after an engine failure and forced landing near Bajdy, Podkarpackie, Poland. Neither occupant was injured. [News link>>]

  • 22 July: A 1941 Boeing E75 (PT-13D) Stearman, N51CF (s/n 75-5604), flipped over in a field after striking a fence on approach to the airport in Baraboo, Wisconsin, USA. The aircraft was substantially damaged, but neither occupant was injured. [News link>>]

  • 24 July: Noted warbird pilot Dale "Snort" Snodgrass was killed in the crash of his 1977 SIAI Marchetti SM-1019B, N28U, at Lewiston, Idaho, USA, under unknown circumstances. [Local news>>Ed. Note: Our condolences to Snort's family and friends.

  • 24 July: A Boeing N2S-1 Stearman, N61603, c/n 75-1016, ended up on its nose after landing at Oshkosh, Wisconsin, USA in strong crosswinds. The pilot was not injured, and the aircraft appeared to have sustained damage to its engine, prop and both wingtips. [Video of the incident>>]

  • 28 July: A 1942 Boeing B75N1 Stearman, N1720B (c/n 75-6017), crashed into trees under unknown circumstances near Lexington, Kentucky, USA. One occupant reported minor injuries in the accident.

August 2021:

  • 4 August: A 1946 North American T-6G Texan, N7197C (s/n 49-2897), crashed in a wooded area near Starkville, Mississippi, USA. The pilot and his grandson were killed. [Local news report>>]

  • 9 August: A 1954 North American T-28B Trojan, F-AYGK (Formerly N281CM), suffered a mechanical malfunction and the pilot was forced to perform a gear-up landing at Haguenau, France. The pilot was not injured. [News link>>

  • 12 August: A 1958 North American T-28B Trojan, N392W, was substantially damaged during a gear-up landing in Puyallup, Washington, USA. The pilot was not injured. [Local news>>]

  • 13 August: A deHavilland DH.82A Tiger Moth, G-AXBW, was being hand-propped when it started and moved forward with only a non-rated passenger on board. The aircraft struck another Tiger Moth, G-AXXV, damaging both. The incident occurred at Bossington Estate, Hamphire, UK.

  • 14 August: A Piper L-4B Grasshopper, believed to be N55926, crashed under unknown circumstances at Saint Pardoux-et-Vielvec, near Belvés, France. The pilot sustained minor injuries, and the plane was substantially damaged.

  • 20 August: A Boeing NSS-4 Stearman, N68427 (s/n 75-5008), collided with, and landed on top of, a Cessna aircraft at an airfield at Honiton, Devon, UK. The pilot of the Stearman suffered non-life threatening injuries. [Local news>>]

  • 20 August: A North American SNJ-2 Texan, N52900, crashed after losing engine power shortly after takeoff in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, USA. The aircraft was the Number #3 aircraft of the Geico Skytypers team. The pilot was killed, and the plane was destroyed. [News link>>]

September 2021:

  • 4 September: A 1943 Boeing A75N1 Stearman, N707TJ, lost engine power and landed in the sea just offshore from Bournemouth, Dorset, UK, during a two-airplane flying display. Both the pilot and a wingwalker who was aboard were rescued; both sustained minor injuries when the plane flipped on its back as it ditched. The aircraft had not been recovered from the water as of this writing. [News link>>]

  • 14 September: A 1952 Beechcraft 3TM Expeditor (D18), G-BKGL (c/n CA-164), crashed in Lisolotto, Corsica Island, France. Two of the thee occupants were injured. The aircraft was destroyed by fire.

  • 17 September: A 1940 Boeing A75 Stearman, N19BB (s/n 40-1736), crashed near Delta, Colorado, USA. The pilot was killed and the aircraft was substantially damaged. [News link>>]

October 2021:

  • 2 October: A Boeing N2S3 Stearman, N4106Y, crashed after takeoff from a road in Winnie, Texas, USA. The aircraft had earlier been in a parade at a local event. Reportedly, worsening weather prompted the pilot to fly the aircraft back home instead of being towed. On takeoff, the aircraft went off the side of the roadway into the grass, and barely got airborne before striking a light pole, then a wire-mounted traffic signal, before crashing and flipping over. The aircraft was destroyed, The pilot survived with only minor injuries. [Video of the accident>>] [News link>>]

  • 8 October: A Cessna O-1 Bird Dog (registration unknown) lost engine power and made an emergency landing near an orchard in Los Banos, California, USA. The aircraft sustained substantial damage, but the pilot was unhurt. [Local news report>>]

  • 14 October: A Polish-built version of an Antonov AN-2 Colt biplane, N857PF, crashed shortly after takeoff from Wilton, California, USA. All four occupants survived with serious injuries, but are expected to recover. [News link, including video>>]

November 2021:

  • November 4: A 1944 North American P-51C Mustang, N61429 ("Tuskeegee Airmen"), operated by the Commemorative Air Force, suffered a runway excursion after landing in Tallahassee, Florida, USA, and came to rest on its belly. The pilot was not injured, and the aircraft appears to have suffered damage to its landing gear, propeller, and engine. [News link>>]


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