World War I-era plane flips over trying to land near museum in Massachusetts

08:49 18.09.2023 - CBS News, Emily Mae Czachor

A World War I-era plane flipped upside down onto its roof while trying to land near a military history museum in Massachusetts over the weekend, authorities said. The pilot was not injured.

The Nieuport 28, a single-engine fighter aircraft flown during World War I, crashed at the end of the runway outside of the American Heritage Museum on Sunday, according to the Stow Fire Department. The museum is located about 30 miles west of Boston.

An initial investigation into the crash found that the plane's front landing gear failed while its pilot, the only occupant, attempted to land at the museum's airfield just after 11 a.m. on Sunday morning, the Stow Fire Department said in a post shared to Facebook. Their post included an image of the vintage aircraft turned over with its wheels up in a grassy field.

Police Chief Michael Sallese and Fire Chief John Benoit report that the Stow Police and Fire Departments responded to a...

Posted by Stow Fire Department on Sunday, September 17, 2023

The pilot had removed himself from the plane before authorities arrived at the scene, Stow fire officials said. The Federal Aviation Administration will investigate the crash.

"The pilot did not report any injuries but was evaluated at the scene as a precaution," the Facebook post said.

The American Heritage Museum hosted a "World War I and Aviation Weekend" on Saturday and Sunday. The event series included flight demonstrations, history presentations and World War I reenactments, according to an online newsletter linked to the museum's website.

"Featured aircraft this weekend include America's oldest flying original warplane, the 1918 Nieuport 28 World War I fighter along with three other historic, one-of-a-kind aircraft from WWII," the newsletter read in part.

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World War I-era plane flips onto its roof as pilot tries to land near Massachusetts museum

STOW, Mass. ..... 

The vintage single-engine Nieuport 28 was attempting to land shortly after 11 a.m. at the American Heritage Museum in Stow when the front landing gear failed, the local police and fire chiefs said in a joint news release.

The pilot, the only person on board, had removed himself from the plane before first responders arrived, the news release said. The pilot's name was not released.


The Federal Aviation Administration has been notified about the crash.

The museum was hosting a WWI and Aviation living history event this weekend, showcasing the 1918 Nieuport 28, billed as the "oldest flying and first American fighter," as well as World War II-era planes.

Stow is about 20 miles west of Boston.

World War I-era plane flips on its roof while trying to land at Massachusetts museum

Nieuport 28 single-engine plane crashes near American Heritage Museum in Stow.

A World War I-era plane crashed over the weekend and flipped onto its roof while trying to land at a military history museum outside of Boston.

The Stow Fire Department announced Sunday that around 11 a.m., it and the town's police department received reports of a crash near the American Heritage Museum.

"Upon arrival, crews located a World War I era Nieuport 28, a single engine plane, at the end of the runway that was upside down on its roof," the Stow Fire Department said.

"The single occupant, the pilot of the aircraft, had removed himself from the plane before first responders arrived," it added. ..... 


Authorities said that a preliminary investigation revealed that while attempting to land at the museum, the "aircraft's front landing gear failed causing the plane to flip over on its roof."

An image released by the Stow Fire Department shows the vintage aircraft upside down in a grassy area.

"The Federal Aviation Administration has been notified about the crash, and will investigate further," they also said.


The museum, which is located about 20 miles west of Boston, was hosting an aviation weekend event at the time of the crash.

"We will showcase four extraordinarily rare aircraft from WWI and WWII. These aircraft are the 1918 Nieuport 28 - oldest flying and first American fighter, 1933 Waco UIC - operated by one of the first American casualties of WWII, 1944 L-5 Sentinel - flown during the Battle of Okinawa, and the 1944 L-4 Grasshopper - flown by Charles Carpenter, who was credited with destroying six tanks and disabling several armored vehicles in this small aircraft," it said on its website.


"If the conditions are right, we will present and fly each aircraft starting around 11:00 AM," the museum also said. "A wonderful sight seeing these rare aircraft take to the skies! This is a great opportunity for the pilots to exhibit the flying characteristics and handling of each aircraft."

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

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.

 ..... 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.

 ..... The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has been informed about the crash and will conduct a thorough investigation into the incident.

 ..... 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.

 ..... 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.

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