July 15, 2007, Camarillo, Calif., North American F-51D


The airplane was substantially damaged when it impacted terrain following a loss of control during a go-around at 0805 Pacific time. The Private pilot, the sole occupant, received fatal injuries. Visual conditions prevailed.

The airplane, with the Private pilot and a Flight Instructor aboard, flew the pattern and made a full-stop landing. The Flight Instructor exited the airplane after informing the tower the pilot would be performing his first solo flight in the airplane. The airplane departed Runway 26, stayed in the traffic pattern and returned for a landing. Controllers observed the airplane touch down and become airborne again. At that point, it appeared the pilot initiated a go-around and the airplane immediately rolled left and impacted the ground beside the runway in an inverted position.


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