Saturday, August 6, 2016

Bugatti-Demonge 100P, Le Reve Bleu LLC, N110PX: Fatal accident occurred August 06, 2016 in Burns Flat, Washita County, Oklahoma


FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Oklahoma City FSDO-15

NTSB Identification: CEN16FA307
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, August 06, 2016 in Burns Flat, OK
Aircraft: WILSON BUGATTI-DEMONGE 100P, registration: N110PX
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On August 6, 2016, about 0820 central daylight time, an experimental amateur-built Wilson Bugatti-DeMonge 100P airplane, N110PX, impacted terrain during takeoff from runway 35L at the Clinton-Sherman Airport (CSM), near Burns Flat, Oklahoma. A subsequent ground fire occurred. The airline transport rated pilot was fatally injured. The airplane was destroyed during the impact and ground fire. The airplane was registered to Le Reve Bleu LLC and operated by the pilot as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations 91 test flight. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed in the area about the time of the accident, and the flight was not operated on a flight plan. The local flight was originating from CSM at the time of the accident.

Witness at the airport reported that the airplane lifted off. During the climbout, the airplane banked to the right and then to the left. The airplane's left bank steepened, it descended nose down, and subsequently impacted terrain inverted.

The 66 year-old pilot held a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) airline transport pilot certificate with multi engine land, single engine land, and instrument airplane ratings. He held a FAA Second Class Medical Certificate issued on May 12, 2016. This medical certificate was issued limitations: Must wear corrective lenses. Not valid for any class after 05/31/2017. The pilot reported on the application for that medical certificate that he had accumulated 10,700 hours of total flight time and 25 hours in the six months prior to the medical examination.

N110PX was an experimental amateur-built, twin engine, single seat, tailwheel airplane built as a replica of the Bugatti-De Monge 100P airplane. According to airworthiness documents, the airplane was constructed to duplicate the original airplane's systems, dimensions, and structure. The airplane was powered by two Suzuki reciprocating engines and they each drove a Hercules fix-pitched wooden propeller. The propellers rotated in counter directions to each other. The airplane's maximum gross weight was listed as 2,939 pounds and its empty weight was 2,470 pounds. The airplane received its Special Airworthiness Certificate in the experimental category on August 4, 2015.

At 0753, the recorded weather at CSM was: Wind 040 degrees at 9 knots; visibility 10 statute miles; sky condition clear; temperature 23 degrees C; dew point 21 degrees C; altimeter 30.06 inches of mercury.

CSM was a public, towered airport, which was owned by the Oklahoma Space Industry Development Authority/State of Oklahoma. It was located about two miles west of Burns Flat, Oklahoma. The airport had an estimated elevation of 1,922.1 feet above mean sea level. Two runways, 17R/35L and 17L/35R serviced the airport. Runway 17R/35L was a 13,503 feet by 75 feet runway with a concrete surface. Runway 17L/35R was a 5,193 feet by 75 feet runway with a concrete surface. Airport operations personnel examined the runway after the accident and no liberated airplane parts were found.

The airplane wreckage was found about 415 feet and 75 degrees from of the intersection of E1140 Road and N2120 Road and about 1,900 feet and 335 degrees from the departure threshold of runway 35L. The airplane came to rest inverted about a 330-degree heading. A depression was observed in the ground about 110 degrees and 23 feet from the wreckage. Sections of clear plastic were found in the depression and the surface of sections of the depression contained a blue color transfer consistent with the color of the airplane. The airplane, forward of its empennage, was discolored, deformed, and charred, with sections consumed by fire. The rudder's skin was consumed by fire. The lower section of the right main landing gear separated from its strut and the lower section was found resting on vegetation northwest of the wreckage. Wooden propeller blades were found splintered in sections resting on the ground in the area around the wreckage.

An on-scene examination of the wreckage was conducted. The rudders control cables were traced from the rudder to the rudder pedals. The elevators' push/pull tubes were attached to the control arms for each elevator. Forward of the empennage, the tubes were found to be consumed by fire. The aileron's control tubes were found connected to each aileron. These tubes were found to be consumed by fire outboard of the fuselage. Control continuity for the elevators and ailerons could not be established due to the fire damage. The propulsion drivetrain was traced and no preimpact anomalies were detected. The engines sustained thermal damage and could not be rotated by hand. However, no indications of engine anomalies were observed. The localized area where the airplane came to rest exhibited discoloration and charred vegetation consistent with a ground fire.

The coroner was asked to perform an autopsy on the pilot and take toxicological samples.

The airplane was fitted with cameras for the flight. Some of these cameras were found in the area of the wreckage. The recovered cameras were retained and are being sent to the National Transportation Safety Board Recorder Laboratory to see if they contain video data in reference to the accident flight.

Those who may have information that might be relevant to the National Transportation Safety Board investigation may contact them by email,  and any friends and family who want to contact investigators about the accident should email

BURNS FLAT, Okla.– Officials are investigating the crash of a small plane that happened early Saturday morning near the Clinton-Sherman Air Force Base, close to Burns Flat.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol identified the deceased pilot– and only person aboard the small craft– as Scotty Wilson.

Wilson was featured in a segment of NewsChannel4’s  Great State in March of 2014, that showcased the building a functional replica of the famous Bugatti 100p.

Wilson  was a fighter pilot in the U.S. Air Force when he first heard about the only airplane Etorre Bugatti ever designed and called it “the most historically significant airplane that never flew.”


Great State: An Aircraft Project Begun in 1937 Nears Completion in 2014

TULSA, OKLAHOMA -- It's much more now than just the sum of it's many parts.

The famous Bugatti 100p looks ready to fly, thanks to a man who's practically lived in this Tulsa hangar for the past 5 years.

"The vision, the courage, the entrepreneurial spirit, those things. That's where the focus is," says Scotty Wilson.

"It's an airplane at the end of the day. But it happens to be a very cool airplane with an interesting story."

Wilson was a fighter pilot in the U.S. Air Force when he first heard about the only airplane Etorre Bugatti ever designed.

He and engineer Loui de Monge spent three years building the 100p to be the fastest, lightest aircraft in the world.

Wilson recalls, "I really was captivated first by the airplane."

It was ahead of its time, but in 1940, just as it neared a first test flight, World War II broke out.

The 100p was hidden in a barn and largely forgotten.

Wilson says, "I call it the most historically significant airplane that never flew."

The original aircraft was salvaged but now sits in a museum, it's wooden super-structure too brittle to fly.

Scotty wanted to complete the long forgotten project.

He planned for a year, got support from a Kickstarter project online, and received parts and help from all over the world.

He'd never built a plane before, let alone something this complicated.

The gear box alone took a year to fashion, but early in 2014 he sees this long-awaited project coming together.

"It is the elegant solution to the problem of flying very fast," says Wilson

It's been nearly 75 years, but the Bugatti 100p is almost ready to fly.

Scotty insists, "We're confident in how it will fly and that it will fly, and that we can do it safely."

His dream involves telling the story of this airplane from the sky.

On March 25th, 2014 the Bugatti 100p will join a collection of cars and other Bugatti artworks for an exhibit at the Mullins Museum in California.

Some media outlets had the 100p's maiden flight taking place as part of that exhibition.

Instead,Wilson told us his aircraft won't fly for the first time until Fall 2014.

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