Vintage Hunter Crashed On Departure From 2006 Oregon Air
Videotape footage of
the departure of a vintage Hawker-Siddeley MK-58A Hunter from a
2006 Oregon air show is receiving new scrutiny, as investigators
attempt to determine whether a piece of debris seen near the jet is
related to the subsequent crash of the aircraft.
As ANN reported, Los Angeles
attorney Robert Guilford was killed when his 1951 Hunter went down
after takeoff from Hillsboro Airport in Portland, OR. The jet,
which was on static display throughout the 2006 Oregon
International Air Show, impacted two homes in a nearby
According to the NTSB Factual Report on the accident, a witness
taping the Hunter's departure from Runway 30 captured something
unusual about what others described as a routine takeoff for a
"A small piece of unidentified debris could be seen flying
through the air in the general vicinity of the airplane during the
departure roll," the report states. "The origin or type of debris
was not determined.
"Further viewing of the video recording showed that the airplane
oscillated left and right (about the longitudinal axis) immediately
after takeoff. The oscillations continued as the airplane turned to
the crosswind leg," the report adds. "The video ended approximately
7 seconds after liftoff. No visible smoke or uncharacteristic
exhaust emissions were observed in the video."
Another witness told
investigators the aircraft was "lower and slower" than what he
would have expected as it turned to a right downwind to Runway 30,
also noting the landing gear appeared to be in the "extended"
"The witness reported that the airplane appeared to "wallow"
nose high before it descended beyond his vantage point behind a
tree line," the report says. "The witnesses observed heavy black
smoke in the area shortly after the airplane descended below the
tree line. Numerous witnesses reported similar observations."
Guilford (shown at right) had planned to make three low passes
over the runway, before departing for Los Angeles.
The NTSB's Factual Report precedes the issuance of the Board's
Probable Cause report, which will likely be released in 30 to 60
days, NTSB investigator Dennis Hogensen told The Oregonian.