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Posted at 1:10 PM ET, 06/ 8/2010

NTSB to investigate plane crash

By Washington Post editors

Update, 1 p.m.:
The National Transportation Safety Board said it will investigate the crash of the vintage plane at Reagan National Airport. NTSB Chairman Deborah Hersman will hold a news conference at the airport at 1:30 p.m.

Stay with Postlocal.com for more details.

Update, 12:45 p.m.
Dr. Gridlock has more details of the vintage plane crash at Reagan National Airport.

Check out video from Post transportation writer Ashley Halsey who was on board.


There's also video from YouTube:

Update, 10:31 a.m.
All commercial airplanes are being moved to a different runway following the crash of a vintage plane at Reagan National Airport. Post transportation writer Ashley Halsey III was the passenger in the vintage Stearman aircraft.

The planes were flying in two formations, with three planes in one group and five in the other. The plane that crashed was in the group of three.

Original post:
A runway at Reagan National Airport has closed after a vintage airplane crashed Tuesday morning.

Eight vintage biplanes were headed to the airport to mark the premiere of "Legends of Flight," a 3-D IMAX film about aviation history, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

The plane landed before pitching forward and rolling over. The plane was carrying the pilot and one passenger. They were not injured.

-- Ashley Halsey


By Washington Post editors  | June 8, 2010; 1:10 PM ET
Categories:  DC, Maryland, Traffic and Transportation, Virginia  | Tags:  national airport, reagan national airport  
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Comments

By vintage do you mean PIEC OF CRAP????

Posted by: askgees | June 8, 2010 10:57 AM | Report abuse

Glad you're okay.

Posted by: uno000 | June 8, 2010 10:57 AM | Report abuse

Talk about first-person reporting!

Posted by: db_in_va | June 8, 2010 11:22 AM | Report abuse

Any landing you can walk away from...

Posted by: dwj703 | June 8, 2010 11:34 AM | Report abuse

Gust of wind? Overenthusiastic braking?

Posted by: dal20402 | June 8, 2010 11:46 AM | Report abuse

askgees,

You should be so lucky as to own a piece of crap like a Steerman aircraft. Your ignorance is showing!

Posted by: POD3 | June 8, 2010 11:47 AM | Report abuse

You are a pro Halsey! For the rest of your life you'll win any storytelling one-upmanship.

Posted by: DC-ish | June 8, 2010 12:00 PM | Report abuse

One would think WP writer Ashley Halsey would have more to say about the crash, since She was in it. Maybe she caused it? Stomp on the brakes by accident?

Posted by: UnitedStatesofAmerica | June 8, 2010 12:00 PM | Report abuse

We saw them all fly over.

Glad to hear NOBODY KILLED.

That was the yellow bi-plane ~ the last one in the lineup observing things from Backlick Road.

Posted by: muawiyah | June 8, 2010 12:33 PM | Report abuse

I'm amazed how calm that video is--had I been in the plane, that video would include a string of expletives. The reaction seemed like it was the most natural thing in the world to crash. Weird. Glad everyone's okay.

Posted by: mrlogical | June 8, 2010 12:56 PM | Report abuse

askgees,

As I said before you'd be lucky to own this vintige piece of crap. Probably worth more money than you've ever seen.

Posted by: POD3 | June 8, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

It has something to do with the brakes. A wheel locked or applied at the wrong time. Look at the smoke when it lands.

Posted by: Bitter_Bill | June 8, 2010 1:42 PM | Report abuse

Since Ashley isn't bright enough to write a story himself, but rather has to rely on his subjects to spoon-feed his articles for him, it really isn't surprising that his report was so lacking in information.

Posted by: alvint | June 8, 2010 1:57 PM | Report abuse

That's why "Brakes free, park-brake off" is part of the checklist. Apparently he admitted to tapping the brakes but it looks to me that they were fully applied prior to touch down. This is not as serious in a nose wheel aircraft, where it might just skid along, flat-spotting the tires, but in a tail-wheel aircraft, well ...
Pleased that they walked away from this one but I also hope this lovely old aircraft is back in the air soon.

Posted by: hogey74 | June 8, 2010 5:57 PM | Report abuse

Professional Pilot. Professional response to the accident.

Posted by: bobbo2 | June 8, 2010 6:02 PM | Report abuse

I am sure the NTSB will submit no less than 13 recommendations to the FAA on how to prevent future calamities such as this.

Posted by: A321Driver | June 8, 2010 9:54 PM | Report abuse

I am sure the NTSB will submit no less than 13 recommendations to the FAA on how to prevent future calamities such as this.

Posted by: A321Driver | June 8, 2010 9:55 PM | Report abuse

The president has announced a tempoary ban on Stearman biplanes for six months.

Posted by: crossthread | June 8, 2010 10:06 PM | Report abuse

The president has announced a temporary ban on Stearman biplanes for six months.

Posted by: crossthread | June 8, 2010 10:08 PM | Report abuse

NTSB will likely decide this is pilot error because the pilot probably did not adequately instruct his passenger to keep his feet away from the brakes while landing. It's good there was no fire and no one was injured.

Posted by: kcf244 | June 11, 2010 1:57 PM | Report abuse

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