Accident Beechcraft T-34A (A45) Mentor N268AF,
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Date:Friday 7 June 2024
Time:c. 11:40 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic T34P model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Beechcraft T-34A (A45) Mentor
Owner/operator:Apogee Flight Inc, opb Heritage Flight Museum
Registration: N268AF
MSN: G-828
Year of manufacture:1961
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Category:Accident
Location:near Jones Island, WA -   United States of America
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Mount Vernon-Skagit Regional Airport, WA (MVW/KBVS)
Destination airport:Mount Vernon-Skagit Regional Airport, WA (MVW/KBVS)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
Narrative:
A Beechcraft T-34A (A45) Mentor impacted the waters 80 feet offshore of Jones Island, Washington.
The pilot, former Apollo 8 astronaut William "Bill" Anders (90), perished and the aircraft was destroyed.

An online video shows the aircraft in an inverted dive/loop before it impacted the water at high speed. It appears that the maneuver is consistent with a Split S, in which the pilot half-rolls their aircraft inverted and executes a descending half-loop, resulting in level flight in the opposite direction at a lower altitude.
** Note FAR 91.303 prohibits acrobatics below 1500’ AGL

Sources:

https://edition.cnn.com/2024/06/07/science/apollo-8-astronaut-william-anders-reportedly-killed-in-plane-crash/
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/william-anders-former-apollo-8-astronaut-dies-plane-crash-washington-state/
https://www.theguardian.com/science/article/2024/jun/07/apollo-8-astronaut-william-anders-dead

https://registry.faa.gov/AircraftInquiry/Search/NNumberResult?nNumberTxt=268AF
https://www.flightaware.com/live/flight/N268AF/history/20240607/1843Z/KBVS/L%2048.62334%20-123.03879

https://cdn.jetphotos.com/full/5/964207_1692555095.jpg (photo)

https://www.ecfr.gov/current/title-14/chapter-I/subchapter-F/part-91/subpart-D/section-91.303

History of this aircraft

Ex N74032, USAF: 55-0271

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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
07-Jun-2024 23:01 Captain Adam Added
08-Jun-2024 05:58 Anon. Updated [Registration, Cn, Operator, Source, Embed code]
08-Jun-2024 06:56 RobertMB Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Operator, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative, Category]
08-Jun-2024 07:40 Aerossurance Updated [Source]
10-Jun-2024 19:35 Anon. Updated [Source]
11-Jun-2024 05:46 Anon. Updated [Narrative]

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