Video: Hawker Sea Fury Crash-Lands at Airshow

A Hawker Sea Fury that was flying as part of the Royal Navy Culdrose Air Day in Cornwall, in the southwestern corner of England, crash-landed last week in front a large crowd. Video shows smoke coming out of the engine cowl as the 1940s-era fighter approached the runway.

The landing gear was extended just before the Sea Fury touched down. The right gear collapsed shortly before the left gear and the airplane skidded to a stop before the pilot, identified by the BBC as Lieutenant Commander Christopher Götke, quickly climbed out. There appeared to be no fire as a result of the crash.

Other than confirming that one of its airplanes "carried out an unplanned but controlled landing" and that there were no injuries to the pilot nor to any members of the public, the Royal Navy has not made any public announcements about what may have caused the crash. There is, however, an investigation underway.

Götke joined the Royal Navy in 1992 and has been flying the Sea Fury since the end of 2006, according to the Royal Navy's Historic Flight's website.

Get exclusive online content like this delivered straight to your inbox by signing up for our free enewsletter.

We welcome your comments on In order to maintain a respectful environment, we ask that all comments be on-topic, respectful and spam-free. All comments made here are public and may be republished by Flying.

Pia Bergqvist joined FLYING in December 2010. A passionate aviator, Pia started flying in 1999 and quickly obtained her single- and multi-engine commercial, instrument and instructor ratings. After a decade of working in general aviation, Pia has accumulated almost 3,000 hours of flight time in nearly 40 different types of aircraft.

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Get the latest FLYING stories delivered directly to your inbox

Subscribe to our newsletter