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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 14543
Last updated: 24 April 2019
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Date:14-JAN-1981
Time:07:48
Type:Thunder P-40
Owner/operator:Thunder Development Corp.
Registration: N5578J
C/n / msn: TOP 40-001-A
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Scottsdale, AZ -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Nature:Test
Departure airport:KSDL
Destination airport:KSDL
Narrative:
The aircraft was a 5/8 scale replica of the P-40 Warhawk. The accident flight was to be the first ever flight of the newly developed aircraft. Witnesses reported to the news media that the aircraft used nearly the entire length of the runway during its takeoff roll and appeared to have difficulty climbing. As the pilot attempted to return to the airport, the aircraft stalled and struck terrain little over a mile from the approach end of Runway 3.

The NTSB cited the pilot's failure to maintain flying speed as the cause of the accident.

The pilot was reportedly a retired U-2 spyplane pilot.

Sources:

https://www.ntsb.gov/_layouts/ntsb.aviation/brief.aspx?ev_id=28312&key=0

https://registry.faa.gov/aircraftinquiry/NNum_Results.aspx?omni=Home-N-Number&nNumberTxt=N5578J

https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/120955748/


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
25-Feb-2008 12:00 ASN archive Added
24-Apr-2019 07:38 PiperOnslaught Updated [Operator, Location, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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