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It was supposed to be just a little PR stunt. To celebrate the release of its aviation-history-spanning movie, "Legends of Flight," Boeing had eight vintage

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Vintage Boeing Plane Crashes With Reporter On Board (Video)

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It was supposed to be just a little PR stunt. To celebrate the release of its aviation-history-spanning movie, "Legends of Flight," Boeing had eight vintage planes buzzing around Washington, D.C.

But when the 1940s-era Stearman PT17 biplane came in for landing at Reagan National Airport, an ill-timed crosswind flipped it propeller-over-heels. After the jump, video of the crash, including helmet-came footage from the reporter on board.

The pilot and Washington Post transit reporter Ashley Halsey III -- the only other passenger -- both walked away unscathed. "I could hear the propeller crunch as it hit the tarmac," said Halsey. "We were hanging upside down on our shoulder harnesses."

The open-cockpit planes were built between 1938 and 1943. A time, apparently, when accidents like these happened a lot.

 
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