Preliminary Accident Reports

June 2009 Issue

April 5, 2009, Mastic Beach, N.Y., Curtiss Wright P-40N

The airplane collided with the Atlantic Ocean at 1325 Eastern time about ¼ mile offshore. The commercial pilot was fatally injured. Visual conditions prevailed. The pilot’s son later said the flight’s purpose was to practice aerobatics, and he was on a nearby beach with a handheld radio acting as a "safety guide." All communications with the accident airplane were "normal."

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