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Vintage plane crash Hwy 101 N LA

Old 23rd Oct 2018, 23:09
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Vintage plane crash Hwy 101 N LA

https://ktla.com/2018/10/23/small-pl...-agoura-hills/

pilot ok- hair singed

plane has old german markings
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Old 23rd Oct 2018, 23:37
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Pics and predictably chaotic reporting on various "news" sites. Round engined two bladed monoplane in WW2 Luftwaffe colours crashed hard and burned, rather hilariously described as a Bf109 on one site (It most certainly isn't). Superficially looks like a Fw190 but 2 blades says it isn't.

I don't recognise the type - it could even be a Harvard in drag
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Old 23rd Oct 2018, 23:54
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A couple of news items that are available to UK viewers.
https://abc7.com/video-shows-moment-...eeway/4544025/
https://abc7.com/small-plane-crashes...hills/4543306/

May help to identify the type.
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Old 24th Oct 2018, 00:15
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It's a T-6 or a variant thereof.

From a social media post:



He declared a mayday over Calabasas on Van Nuys tower freq using the callsign 'North American Six Nine Charlie' and said he was going to put it down on the freeway.

There are several other reported aircraft identifications in media reports including an Fw 190 and a Forney F-1.
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Old 24th Oct 2018, 00:34
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The first image seems to have burn marks on the upper left side of the engine cowl, the third image doesn't have much prop damage, engine fire?
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Old 24th Oct 2018, 00:46
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I believe the plane is (or was) N7969C, an SNJ-5.

From Airport-data.com :



Aircraft N7969C (North American SNJ-5 Texan C/N 43974) Photo by Terry Fletcher (Photo ID: AC903360)
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Old 24th Oct 2018, 05:46
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I saw these "Luftwaffe T-6s" at Van Nuys a few years back, when flying with piperboy84:



Road trip part 2 - Santa Monica to Calgary

Dorf,

In answer to your question, I would quote the apocryphal answer by a Spitfire pilot, when asked a similar question: "When you buy your own Spitfire, you can paint it any colour you like!"
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Old 24th Oct 2018, 06:14
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Originally Posted by Dorf View Post
What would possess someone to paint an airplane in the colors of an air force that never flew that airplane? Bizarre.
As far as I know the Bundeswehr used the T6 as trainer. They had more then 100 of them.
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Old 24th Oct 2018, 06:24
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Originally Posted by Dorf View Post
What would possess someone to paint an airplane in the colors of an air force that never flew that airplane? Bizarre.
The Luftwaffe actually did operate the T6/Harvard both during WW2 (captured French ones) & again post-war in the "new Luftwaffe" (US supplied ones) in the 50's
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Old 24th Oct 2018, 07:41
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Not a perfect touch down but good enough to make it out alive. That’s all what counts. Unless there is a decent field in the surrounding a road seem to be a good choice for those slow planes if there is not traffic jam in your direction...
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Our TV news called it "Plummeting to the ground."

Jeez.
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Old 24th Oct 2018, 10:44
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Originally Posted by Ascend Charlie View Post
Our TV news called it "Plummeting to the ground."

Jeez.
You gotta guess that no one in a car was brave enough to fight the initial fire with extinguishers in case the bombs exploded?

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Old 24th Oct 2018, 11:40
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I do remember that line up at Van Nuys while based there in 2010. Occasional late afternoon sortie to clear their throats dragged us away from working on our beast.

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Dorf,

In answer to your question, I would quote the apocryphal answer by a Spitfire pilot, when asked a similar question: "When you buy your own Spitfire, you can paint it any colour you like!"[/QUOTE]

Attributed to the late Charles Church, whose Spitfire at the time was a distinctly odd variation of grey and green shades.

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Old 27th Oct 2018, 21:13
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Perhaps the pilot had spotted a Triumph Spitfire on the highway?
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Wow

Incredible to be able to walk away from that unscathed
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