Thu, May 27, 2004
Investigation Continues Into Gear Collapse
EAA's B-17 Aluminum Overcast has
been towed to a hangar today at Van Nuys Airport (CA) where it has
been undergoing damage assessment since a gear collapse incident on
May 5. "The engines and props have been removed, some more detailed
damage assessment has been done, and the airplane is now properly
stored in a hangar," said EAA Aircraft Operations Director Sean
Elliott. "There the necessary work will be done to allow us to
ferry the airplane back to Oshkosh."
The vintage WWII bomber suffered the gear collapse after landing
safely at Van Nuys during a repositioning flight. The airplane had
been in the midst of a West Coast tour for EAA, which has since
been put on hold.
EAA officials utilized video taken of the entire landing and
roll-out sequence to help analyze the incident and what repairs
will be required. EAA Museum Director Adam Smith said there did not
appear to be damage of major concern "beyond what appears on the
No timeline has been set for completion of the aircraft
inspection or ensuing repairs.
EAA has a long-established B-17 Maintenance Fund that is
specifically earmarked for maintenance of the aircraft.
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