Vintage Fighter Plane Crashes in Czech Republic

Aug. 15, 2022

Prague — An investigation into the cause of the crash of a historic World War II fighter plane in the Czech Republic's border region with Germany has begun.

A spokeswoman for the police headquarters in Karlovy Vary said on Monday that they were working together with the Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau (UZPLN).Drones and a 3D scanner are being are among the tools being used to gather evidence.

The investigation is expected to take several weeks. The plane - an RAF Hawker Hurricane MK IV - crashed into a field near a family home in the eastern district of Podhrad during an air show in Cheb on Sunday. The pilot of the vintage aircraft was killed. A woman on the ground was slightly injured.

The air show was cancelled after the accident. The plane belonged to a private aircraft museum in Prague-Tocna. The owner, Czech internet entrepreneur Ivo Lukacovic, expressed his dismay about the death of his pilot on Twitter on Monday. He had been "looking forward to his number like a little boy" before the accident.

The single-seat propeller plane was manufactured in 1942. It fought on the British side in Italy, Greece and Yugoslavia against German aircraft during the Second World War.

According to the Prague museum, it was the last airworthy model of the Mk. IV variant of the Hawker Hurricane.

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