|An accident involving a collision that destroys all or part of two aircraft would normally make headlines across the country but this unfortunate mishap slipped below the media radar, perhaps because it was a pickup truck that did the damage.|
Thanks to an AVweb reader, however, we’re able to tell you the sad tale of an accident at Compton Airport in California that destroyed the fuselage of a pristine Beech Staggerwing that was being restored in a hangar. “The owner now has everything for the airplane except a fuselage,” said hangar owner Jack Kenton (California Pilots Association VP, Region 4….Ed). It also wrecked the fuselage of a J-4 Cub and a Cassutt (single-place experimental). The accident occurred Dec. 10 when the pickup went off a road, through a fence and into the hangar. Kenton said witnesses estimated the truck was going 80 mph when it left the road. One airplane inside the hangar was unscathed.