Probe Underway in Roush AirVenture Crash

Jon Whittle

The NTSB has scarcely begun its investigation of Tuesday evening's crash at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh.

According to EAA, NASCAR team leader Jack Roush, 68, was returning to Oshkosh after flying his P-51 Mustang back to Willow Run, Michigan. He had performed in the Mustang at the afternoon air show. At about 6:15 pm CDT, Roush and a passenger were on approach for Runway 18 at Wittman Regional Airfield in his Hawker Beechcraft Premier 1A. The twin-engine jet landed hard and skidded off the runway into the grass, spun around and broke in two. Though the engines continued to run for some time, there was no fire.

Roush emerged with a bloodied face, was transported to a local hospital and was listed as in critical but stable condition. His company's website reports that he is expected to make a full recovery. His passenger, Brenda Strickland, 61, was also hospitalized with minor injuries, and then released.

At his previously scheduled press conference, FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt responded to a question about the crash. He said the NTSB is currently conducting its investigation. He said he expects video of the accident to be available for investigators, but added, "At this point, I know what all of you know."

Mark Phelps is a senior editor at AVweb. He is an instrument rated private pilot and former owner of a Grumman American AA1B and a V-tail Bonanza.

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