We are sad to report the death of former Air Force fighter pilot Scotty Wilson after his Bugatti 100P replica crashed during its third test flight on Saturday morning. Details about the cause of the unfortunate incident are scarce at this point, but witnesses say the small experimental plane banked all of the sudden to the left and then crashed nose first.

Shortly following the impact with a field located north of the Clinton -Sherman Air Field, the plane’s wood frame caught fire. A helicopter rushed to the scene of the crash to provide aid, but it was too late for Scotty Wilson. He presumably died on impact with the land. According to crew member Aldert Van Nieuwkoop, ‘It wasn't climbing at a very high rate. The next thing that I saw was a very sharp turn to left and down she went.’

The National Transportation Safety Board has already initiated an investigation to find out the cause of the accident.

The 100P was Wilson’s dream to create a replica airplane of Ettore Bugatti’s original design. The founder of one of the most reputable car companies in the world was working on the 100P in the 1930s, but had to halt development during World War II. He decided to hide the prototype (which was 85-percent complete) from the Nazis in 1940 by putting it in a French barn. The prototype was later on restored and it’s now on static display at the Experimental Aircraft Association’s AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

Source: kfor.com, TheBugatti100pProject

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