Accident Thunder P-40 N5578J, Wednesday 14 January 1981
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Date:Wednesday 14 January 1981
Type:Thunder P-40
Owner/operator:Thunder Development Corp.
Registration: N5578J
MSN: TOP 40-001-A
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Scottsdale, AZ -   United States of America
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:KSDL
Destination airport:KSDL
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
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.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: LAX81FUJ26
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 2 months
Download report: Final report


Revision history:

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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