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Hawker Hunter - Survivor N576NL (ex XL576)

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T.7 N576NL - Yanks Museum (wreckage, stored), Chino, California, USA

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Hunter T.7 N576NL at Williams-Gateway Airport, November 17th 1999; Tracy Hayes/Arizona Republic

Unfortunately an update on XL576's ownership coincides with the aircraft's crash landing. Taking off for a trip to California, the former XL576 suffered a possible compressor stall on take-off, and produced a 30-foot streak of flame from the engine. The pilot immediately attempted to get it back down on the runway but with very little runway remaining the aircraft overran the runway end and then met a ditch resulting in serious damage, and serious injury to the pilot. A passenger had less serious injuries, and the canopy was cut through to get to them. The wreckage has since been moved to Chino.

Information on this page current as of 03/08/2014, last updated by Damien

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