Accident Beechcraft T-34A (A45) Mentor N268AF,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 389197
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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
Location:near Jones Island, WA -   United States of America
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
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
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: (photo)

History of this aircraft

Ex N74032, USAF: 55-0271



Revision history:

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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