Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Goodyear FG-1D Corsair, Whistling Death LLC, N209TW and Nakajima A6M2 Model 21, Last Samurai LLC, N8280K: Accident occurred March 15, 2016 in Midland, Texas

LAST SAMURAI LLC: http://registry.faa.gov/N8280K

WHISTLING DEATH LLC: http://registry.faa.gov/N209TW

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Lubbock FSDO-13

NTSB Identification: CEN16CA126A 
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, March 15, 2016 in Midland, TX
Aircraft: NAKAJIMA A6M2 MODEL 21, registration: N8280K
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

NTSB Identification: CEN16CA126B

14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, March 15, 2016 in Midland, TX
Aircraft: GOODYEAR FG1D, registration: N209TW
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.


The six-ship formation of vintage World War II airplanes had completed their run-ups on the taxiway and were preparing for departure. A departure clearance was received from air traffic control and the six-ship formation proceeded to the runway for takeoff. The Goodyear "Corsair" airplane was sixth in formation and trailing the Nakajima "Zero" airplane. These tailwheel airplanes required the pilots to taxi in an S-turn pattern due to the limited forward visibility. As the Corsair pilot proceeded with the S-turn taxi to the runway, the Corsair overtook the Zero and collided with its tail. The Zero spun right about 270 degrees and came to rest. The Corsair stopped quickly and its propeller impacted the taxiway. The Zero sustained substantial damage to the empennage and the Corsair sustained minor damage. The pilots conducted an accident debrief and determined that a lack of "vigilance" was to blame. Both pilots reported there were no pre-impact mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airframes or engines that would have precluded normal operation.

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