A preliminary report (below) filed
by the NTSB reveals that warbird pilot, Wyatt Fuller, knew his
departure was going astray and attempted to abort the takeoff.
NTSB Identification: ATL06LA111
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, July 24, 2006 in Hickory, NC
Aircraft: Canadair F86, registration: N86FS
Injuries: 1 Fatal.
This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may
contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when
the final report has been completed.
On July 24, 2006, at 1140 eastern daylight time, a Canadair F86,
N86FS, registered to Flying Fossiles LLC, operating as a 14 CFR
Part 91 personal flight, collided with fixed objects during an
aborted takeoff from runway 24 at Hickory Regional Airport,
Hickory, North Carolina. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed
and an instrument flight rules flight plan was filed. The airplane
was destroyed by a post crash fire. The airline transport rated
pilot was fatally injured. The flight was originating at the time
of the accident, enroute to Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
Review of transcripts revealed the pilot acknowledged the
takeoff clearance and there was no further communication between
the control tower and the pilot. Examination of the runway revealed
braking action was present on the last 2,000 feet of the
The airplane went off the departure end of the runway into the
over run, collided with a localizer antenna, went through a fence,
caught fire, and came to rest on Hickory Airport Road.