Vintage plane mishap at Massachusetts museum leaves aircraft flipped on its roof

07:07 18.09.2023

In a shocking incident over the weekend, a Nieuport 28 single-engine plane from World War I crashed near the American Heritage Museum in Stow, Massachusetts. The plane, which was attempting to land at the museum, flipped over onto its roof due to a failure of the front landing gear. Fortunately, the pilot, who was the sole occupant of the aircraft, managed to escape without any injuries.

The Stow Fire Department and the town's police department received reports of the crash around 11 a.m. on Sunday. Upon arrival, emergency crews discovered the Nieuport 28, a vintage World War I aircraft, upside down at the end of the runway. The pilot had already exited the plane before the first responders reached the scene. Although he reported no injuries, he was evaluated by medical personnel as a precautionary measure.

An image released by the Stow Fire Department depicted the overturned plane in a grassy area. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has been informed about the crash and will conduct a thorough investigation into the incident.

The American Heritage Museum, located about 20 miles west of Boston, was hosting an aviation weekend event at the time of the crash. The museum's website had advertised the showcase of four rare aircraft from World War I and World War II, including the Nieuport 28. The event, which aimed to provide visitors with an opportunity to witness the flying characteristics and handling of each aircraft, was scheduled to kick off around 11 a.m.

Authorities believe that a malfunction in the front landing gear caused the plane to flip over during its landing attempt. A preliminary investigation has commenced to determine the exact cause of the accident.

In other news related to World War I, Belgium and France have jointly proposed seeking recognition for their World War I memorials as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. These memorials serve as a reminder of the sacrifices made by soldiers during the war and the importance of preserving their historical significance.

Additionally, a British soldier who went missing during World War I has recently been laid to rest, 106 years after his disappearance. This solemn event highlights the ongoing efforts to honor and remember those who fought and lost their lives during one of the deadliest conflicts in human history.

As the investigation into the Nieuport 28 crash continues, the incident serves as a stark reminder of the risks associated with vintage aircraft and the importance of prioritizing safety measures.

/ Monday, September 18, 2023, 7:07 AM /

themes:  Military  War  Massachusetts

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