Paul Mantz Flight of the Phoenix Accident

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  1. johnbr

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    If you watch closely, the fuselage breaks when the skids hit hard, throwing
    the tail and the nose down, while the center section goes up.

    A shame.....

    Charles
     
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    Indeed a shame. Looks like once the tail broke off, the CG was way off and nosed it over.
     
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    :( ....A favourite movie too....
     
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    The FAA felt that his BAC of 0.13 may have contributed...

    Paul Mantz - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Another site promotes the theory that his BAC was falsely elevated due to the desert heat and extended time before the autopsy was carried out...

    Aero Vintage Books: Paul Mantz Alcohol Content

     
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    I was told that the director was actually done with the scenes for the day but insisted on one take which resulted in the accident - the clip was never used in the film.

    A portion of the aircraft "wreck" was stored at Aviation Warehouse in Hawthorne Ca. In the early 80s the company moved to El Mirage Ca. so it still might be on their lot.
     
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    Wow it didnt seem like he bounced that hard, wonder if the frame was weakened by the earlier landings
     
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    It appears to me from the nose on shot that one occupant is flung face down from the cockpit as the plane cart wheels forward.
    What ever a very sad end to a great pilot, but then he was in a very risky business.
     
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