BURNS FLAT, OK (KFOR) A small crowd of airplane enthusiasts gathered in Oklahoma Saturday morning to watch the only airworthy Bugatti 100P attempt its third test flight.
The aircraft took off safely, but less than a minute later, witnesses say it banked suddenly left and crashed nose first into a field.
Within seconds the wood frame craft caught fire and pilot Scotty Wilson died, likely on impact.
Wreckage smoldered for the next hour as horrified family and flight crew members could only watch helplessly.
The historic airplane was a replica of Etorre Bugatti’s original design, and with expert advice and funding from all over the world, Wilson had spent more than seven years preparing the plane.
“Of course everybody is in a state of shock,” said crew assistant chief Stan Shumway. “It’s not every day you see a friend go down like that. We don’t know what happened. We will try to find that out as time goes on.”