9-0-9 has crashed
Sad news. Flew with her 10 years ago.
What’s a real “joy killer” is the thought it was some 70-year old $5 part that failed, as a warbird restorer friend told me a few years ago was going to be the cause of the end of warbirds. The entire B-17 fleet was one wheel crack away from grounding till someone remembered that P2V Neptunes (which are still used as firebombers) use the same wheel. “Chewing gum and baling wire” fixes like this aren’t gonna last forever.
FURTHER UPDATE: struck a building on landing. This fits with the report of the last person to see her airborne, that one engine was out and she was “very low.”
Sadly, doesn’t rule out the “70 year old $5 part” hypothesis. This airplane is meticulously maintained. What happened to that engine?