On October 1, 2009, at 0930 eastern daylight time, an amateur built experimental Dusenberry 1905 Wright Flyer, N3635N, collided with the terrain following a loss of control shortly after taking off from the Huffman Prairie Flying Field at the Wright-Patterson AFB (FFO), Dayton, Ohio. The pilot received serious injuries. The airplane received substantial damage to the fuselage, wings, and elevator. The local flight was being operated under Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed. The flight originated just prior to the accident. Use your browsers 'back' function to return to synopsisReturn to Query Page
The accident occurred on the second flight of the day. A series of photos were submitted documenting both flights. On the accident flight, the photos show the airplane prior to takeoff up to and including the accident. After takeoff, the airplane climbed to an altitude of 15 to 20 feet. The airplane then entered a shallow descending right bank. The wings of the airplane leveled and the nose pitched up. The nose of the airplane then dropped and the airplane impacted the terrain.
The airplane, which was built by the pilot, was a replica of the Wright Brothers 1905 airplane. The purpose of the flight was to practice in preparation for the 104th Anniversary of Practical Flight celebration.
The pilot's logbook shows that he flew a total of 39 flights in the airplane. These flights totaled approximately 27 minutes of flight time.
A 4 knot tailwind prevailed at the time of the accident. A post accident inspection of the airplane failed to reveal any pre-impact failures/malfunctions.