The B-17 Aluminum Overcast, N5017N, suffered a gear collapse today (about 4:00 PM, May 5th) while rolling out on a landing on runway 16 at Van Nuys, CA. There was a news helicopter flying close by and captured the accident on tape, which was then shown on the local CBS TV station, channel 2. The speed was low, and according to the reporter there were no injuries, but damage was said to be severe. The ball turret was shoved up into the airplane, with the support column coming out the top of the fuselage. The chin turret was heavily damaged, as were, no doubt, the engines and fuselage.
This was especially sad for me to watch, as I had just flown in this beautifully restored airplane last Saturday. She was on a tour of many airports, giving rides and entertaining a great many people. No doubt her tour will be at an end for now.
[Edited 2004-05-06 05:58:40]
[Edited 2004-05-06 06:10:32]