Preliminary Accident Reports

April 2003 Issue

January 11, Parker, Ariz. / Cessna 182 and Grumman Hellcat

At about 1600 mountain time, a Cessna 182H and a Grumman F6F-5 collided in midair about 1 mile east of Parker. The Cessna crashed and the pilot and passenger were killed. The Hellcat suffered a damaged left wing but landed safely without injury to the Hellcat pilot. The Parker Airport was hosting an air show and the Hellcat was participating in a display of warbirds. The Cessna was departing runway 19 with a left climbing turn from the downwind leg when it collided at midfield downwind with the Hellcat that was returning to the airport after an air-to-air photo shoot with another airplane. Witnesses did not recall the Cessna broadcasting position reports, and preliminary inspection of the ra...

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