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September 2017:

  • 1 September: A 1969 Antonov An-2T "Colt" biplane, RA-35171 (c/n 1G113-10), crashed while maneuvering at an airshow at Chornoye Airport, Moscow Oblast, Russia. The aircraft performed a barrel roll, then appeared to attempt a steeply-banked repositioning turn at low altitude, whereupon the aircraft's left wing struck the ground. Both occupants were killed, and the aircraft was destroyed by the impact and a post-crash fire. [Video of the accident>> Warning: May be upsetting to some people.]

  • 3 September: A Boeing A75N1 Stearman, N52813 (s/n 75-394), came to rest inverted after landing on a grass airfield in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, USA. One of the two occupants was treated for minor injuries. [News report>>]

  • 4 September: A Boeing PT-17 Stearman, N75753 (s/n 75-3521), suffered a loss of engine power shortly after takeoff and made a forced landing in a dry river bed in Santa Paula, California, USA. Neither of the occupants was injured. The aircraft was substantially damaged. [Local news>>]

  • 23 September: Two North American P-51D Mustangs, G-BIXL ("Miss Helen") and G-SHWN ("The Shark"), made emergency landings at Duxford, Cambridgeshire, UK, after a mid-collision during a Battle of Britain display. The two fighters were performing a rejoin maneuver on a B-17 Flying Fortress, "Memphis Belle," when they made contact. Damage to the horizontal stabilizer of one aircraft and the propeller of the other was noted. [Video of the incident>>]

  • 24 September: A 1980 Scottish Aviation Bulldog, G-BXHB (c/n BH120/408), made an emergency landing in a field near Embleton, Northumberland, UK, for unknown reasons. The pilot was not injured. [Local news report>>]

October 2017:

  • 6 October: A 1946 Bell P-63F Kingcobra, N6763 (c/n 296-E1-1R), made an emergency landing at a small airport in Midland, Texas, USA, after suffering the failure of a fuel selector valve. The aircraft was damaged, but the pilot was not injured. [News report>>]

  • 8 October: A 1984 Aero Vodochody L-39C Albatros, N580LL, crashed in a field near Vernon, Texas, USA, killing the pilot. Witnesses reported that the aircraft had made a low pass and a climb before striking the ground. [News report>>]

  • 8 October: A Yakovlev Yak-52, RA-1765G, crashed under unknown circumstances near Pyatigorskiy, Stavropol Territory, Russia. Both occupants were killed. [Local report>>]

  • 9 October: A Nanchang CJ-6, N8NW, made a forced landing in desert terrain near a construction zone in Buckeye, Arizona, USA for undetermined reasons. Both occupants were taken to a local hospital with non life-threatening injuries. [Local news report>>]

  • 12 October: A 1951 deHavilland DHC-1 Chipmunk T.10, N323WG (c/n C1-0395), ground-looped and left the runway surface upon landing in Cedartown, Georgia, USA. Neither occupant was injured, but the aircraft was substantially damaged by fire.

November 2017:

  • 1 November: A Focke-Wulf FWP-149D, registered OE-KSC, made a forced landing in a field near Hadersdorf, Austria, following a loss of engine power. Neither the pilot nor his three passengers were injured. The aircraft appeared to sustain damage to its nosegear, cowling, engine and propeller. [News link>>]

  • 7 November: Boeing C-97G Stratofreighter "Angel of Deliverance," 52-2718, returned to the skies after a 15-year restoration. The flight was made from Brooklyn, New York, USA and the aircraft was moved to Reading, Pennsylvania later in the day. Owned and operated by the Berlin Airlift Historical Foundation, the aircraft will be exhibited as a museum of the Cold War in a similar manner as the Foundation does with their world-famous C-54 "Spirit of Freedom" Berlin Airlift exhibit. You can help keep this "Big Bad Boeing" airworthy by visiting their website and becoming a supporter!

  • 13 November: A 1955 North American T-28B Trojan, N8574 (Bu.No. 138291), crashed shortly after takeoff in Guatemala City, Guatemala, under unknown circumstances. Both the pilot and passenger were injured. The aircraft was destroyed in the ensuing fire, which took over an hour to extinguish. [Local news>>]

December 2017:

  • 5 December: A 1950 North American AT-6G Texan, N2996Q (s/n 49-3071) flipped over upon landing in Norfolk, Virginia, USA. The pilot suffered minor injuries. The aircraft sustained substantial damage. [Local news>>]

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>>]


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