August 17, Tuckasegee, N.C. / Boeing Stearman


At 1448 eastern time, a Boeing PT-17 struck trees while the pilot and passenger were performing an operational check of airframe-mounted cameras near Franklin Macon County Airport. The pilot was killed and the passenger suffered serious injuries. A witness said he saw the airplane flying in the valley below his vantage point on his balcony. He stated that the engine was missing and back-firing.


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