As part of a demonstration, 8 antique bi-planes were to land at Washington National today as part of their tour of the US. Divided into two squadrons of four, the planes were to land, refuel, and then depart around 3:30 this afternoon headed for their next destination.
One of the planes, however, crashlanded on approach today, flipping the plane over on Runway 1. The passengers are okay, but emergency crews are acting at the site, and trying to move the plane now, which has caused the airport to shutdown to all incoming and outgoing flights while they handle the issue.
National has one of the most difficult approaches in the world, due to the short runway and the constrained airspaces, which may have influenced this crash.
The Post has a fascinating blurb on the incident, which includes a notable byline: the article was written by the passenger of the plane that just crashed. Whew. That’s a little intense, no?