Skip to comments.World War II-era plane crashes in Kansas after Memorial Day flyover
Posted on 05/29/2018 11:35:10 AM PDT by DFG
A World War II-era plane crash-landed in Kansas after just completing flyovers for Memorial Day, officials said.
The Kansas State Highway Patrol said in a crash report the pilot ran out of fuel while approaching the runway at Westport Airport in Wichita around 12:10 p.m. and attempted to restart the engine.
The aircraft's engine failed to start, and the plane went down in a nearby neighborhood, police said.
The 1943 Fairchild PT-23 was part of the Commemorative Air Force-Jayhawk Wing doing flyovers across the state, according to KWCH. The PT-23 was a trainer plane for the U.S. Army Air Force.
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That's incredible and very negligent.
“training plane”? Must have been a student pilot to let himself run out of fuel.
It looks salvageable.
They are, however, wonderful sights to see. We have had three days here in Central Contra Costa County, CA, of constant overflights of a WWII B-17, taking people for rides between Livermore and Concord as regular as clockwork.
Was McStain trying to fly again?
Fortunately, the pilot’s and passenger’s injuries were minor and the PT-23 is repairable. The old adage “any landing you can walk away from is a good landing” applies here.
This happened to a Boeing Stratoliner that had just been completely restored. It landed in Elliot bay just west of downtown Seattle near West Seattle in very shallow water. I was able to see it from my downtown office.
Same cause. They give them “just enough” fuel for the trip and it ran out of gas. The good news is that they did “re-” restore it.
In fact, here it is: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/vintage-plane-ditches-in-seattle/
“C’mon, man, AVGAS is expensive! We shouldn’t need more than 10 gallons for this hop.”
The Confederate Air Force before pc blighted America.
It’s a trainer for pilots around WWII, not now. IOW, it’s not a genuine warplane, so no real huge loss as if it were a P-51 or P-38.
“E” does not mean “Enough.”
Low fuel situations are at the heart of many aviation accidents.
Once the gas starts to run out, pilots make more bad decisions in addition to their poor planning and lack of situational awareness.
From the reports I’ve read, it’s rare that a plane arrives at the crash site with completely empty tanks.
And I saw them when I was in AZ back in ‘93 (can’t believe it’s that long), getting a B17 ready for a show and flying it out with a (different) trainer and an F4. They were located by the Champlin Air Museum.
“Its a trainer for pilots around WWII, not now. “
Yeah. I know. I learned to read in 1950...first grade.
But having pilot experience, the first thing THEN, and the first thing NOW, in flying, is to WATCH YOUR FUEL.
If I ever got down to 1/2 tank, I found a place to land, and buy fuel. I would have been even more careful if I was flying a vintage, irreplaceable, aircraft.
Thanks for the, er, heads up.
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