ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 40459
Last updated: 30 August 2015
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Narrative:THE AIRCRAFT COLLIDED WITH LEVEL TERRAIN WHILE ATTEMPTING AN EMERGENCY LANDING DURING AIR RACING TRIALS. THE PILOT HAD PULLED UP OFF THE RACE COURSE AND TRANSMITTED A 'MAYDAY' DISTRESS CALL. HE INDICATED THE AIRPLANE'S WINDSCREEN WAS COVERED WITH OIL, RESTRICTING HIS VISION. THE PILOT WAS NOT ALIGNED WITH THE RUNWAY AND COLLIDED WITH THE GROUND IN A '20-25 DEGREE' NOSE-DOWN ATTITUDE SHORT OF THE RUNWAY. EXAMINATION OF THE WRECKAGE REVEALED A PROPELLER BLADE-FEATHERING OIL SEAL IN THE PROPELLER HUB WAS DISLODGED, ALLOWING PRESSURIZED OIL TO LEAK AND FOUL THE WINDSHIELD. CAUSE: the pilot's failure to maintain aircraft control during an attempted forced landing. Factors in the accident were the failure of a propeller blade-feathering oil seal which leaked oil on the windshield, obscuring the pilot's vision.
North American P-51D Mustang
|C/n / msn:|| 122-74204|
|Fatalities:||Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1|
|Airplane damage:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||Reno, NV -
United States of America
|Phase:|| Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)|
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