Tue, Jul 12, 2011
One Plane Lost A Part Of Its Wing In A Mid-Air Collision With
A P-51 flying as part of a formation at the Duxford,
Cambridgeshire UK Flying Legends Air Show went down after a mid-air
collision with another warbird.
P-51 File Photo
Video posted by the BBC shows a flight of three airplanes
performing as part of the show, when the Skyraider appears to hit
the tail of the Mustang with its wing. The starboard wingtip of the
Skyraider can be seen separating from the aircraft, but it was the
P-51 which went down following the collision.
The pilot was fortunately able to bail out of the P-51 even
though witnesses told the BBC that the accident occurred only about
100 feet off the ground. One said that the airplane seemed to "fall
out of the sky."
Douglas Skyraider File Photo
The Skyraider landed safely. The P-51 went down southwest of the
Imperial War Museum. The accident will be investigated by the Air
Accident Investigations Branch.
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