Privately Owned MiG-23 Crashes During Airshow In Michigan | Aviation


The moment the two crew members eject from the MiG-23. (Screenshot from Marsha Bogardus tweet)

The MiG-23 was taking part in “Thunder over Michigan” airshow at Willow Run Airport.

Two pilots ejected from a privately owned two-seat MiG-23UB Flogger, registration N23UB/1038107, taking part in the Thunder Over Michigan airshow at Willow Run Airport, in Ypsilanti, Michigan, at 16.15LT on Sunday, Aug. 13, 2023.

The pilots ejected and landed in Belleville Lake according to the media reports, while the jet crashed near the Waverly on the Lake Apartments in Belleville.

“The pilot and back seater successfully ejected from the aircraft before the crash,” Wayne County Airport Authority stated. “While it did not appear, they sustained any significant injuries, first responders transported the pair to a nearby hospital as a precaution.”

Smoke rises from the crash scene of the MiG-23 on August 13, 2023, Sunday at Thunder Over Michigan. This photo was taken from the photo pit at the northern edge of the airshow spectator area. (Photo: Tom Demerly)

Videos circulating on social media show the MiG-23UB on a left turn at low altitude before the two crew members eject.

The MiG-23UB, the only private Flogger in the world, was owned by former U.S. Navy pilot Dan Flier who runs a popular Instagram page providing updates on the N23UB as well as other Floggers in the process of being restored.
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