Preliminary Report: Wright replica hits trees

 - July 30, 2008, 11:28 AM

Virginia Aviation Wright Model B, Midland, Va., May 19, 2003–At 8:20 p.m. EDT an airline transport pilot of the homebuilt Wright Model B (N1911K), was seriously injured and the aircraft substantially damaged when it struck trees while maneuvering at Horse Feathers Airport, Midland, Va. The accident occurred in VMC.

N1911K is an exact replica of the original Wright Model B and was undergoing a series of high-speed taxi tests when the pilot, Ken Hyde, experienced “serious” directional stability problems. Hyde told FAA investigators that the airplane suddenly became airborne and he was unsure if he could land in the remaining space. Hyde elected to maneuver for a landing attempt, was unable to control the airplane and hit trees. The wind at the time was reported as calm.