Another Crash

Crash damages Wright Flyer

The Wright "B" Flyer crashed in a minor incident Saturday afternoon [September 27].

The plane was taking off about 1:30 p.m. at Dayton-Wright Brothers Airport when a chain broke, chief pilot John Warlick said.

The plane sustained "quite a bit of damage" when it ended up off the side of the runway, said Warlick, who is also president of the nonprofit Wright "B" Flyer Inc. Warlick and his passenger suffered some scrapes, he said.

It was the flyer's second chain-related mishap in as many months, the fifth time one of the plane's chains has broken in flight, Warlick said, turning the plane into a glider.

The flyer made a forced landing at Moraine Airpark on Aug. 7 after one of its drive chains broke, resulting in minor damage but no injuries.

Built in the early 1980s, the airplane is a modern look-alike of the Wright brothers' 1911 model flyer, the first airplane they built in quantity.

It's made of modern materials and is powered by an aircraft engine, but its twin pusher propellers are driven by chains as was the original Wright airplane.

September 28, 2003

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