Patty Wagstaff’s Bonanza Flips At St. Augustine


Veteran airshow pilot and aerobatics instructor Patty Wagstaff was slightly injured when the V-tail Bonanza she was flying departed the runway and flipped on Wednesday at Northeast Florida Airport in St. Augustine Florida. Wagstaff tweeted that the aircraft suffered a mechanical problem but that she and her passenger, an instructor at her flight school, were “doing fine.”  

The aircraft ended up in a marshy area off the runway and video from the scene shows the main gear down. It was Wagstaff’s 68th birthday on Wednesday. The mishap occurred in the late afternoon.

Russ Niles
Russ Niles is Editor-in-Chief of AVweb. He has been a pilot for 30 years and joined AVweb 22 years ago. He and his wife Marni live in southern British Columbia where they also operate a small winery.

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  1. I really like the way AVweb reports on accidents – all the basic information that pilots want to know (as much as is known) without any second-guessing of what happened. If only regular reporters could be so concise; but I suspect they are paid by the number of words, or column-inches used in their writing.