Legendary airshow pilot Patty Wagstaff told fans on Twitter that a mechanical problem caused the Bonanza she was flying to flip over while taxiing after landing in St. Augustine, Florida.
Local media reported Wagstaff had just landed a 1958 Beechcraft Bonanza at Northeast Florida Regional Airport and was taxiing when the aircraft veered onto the grass and rolled over on Sept. 11.
Wagstaff has been a dedicated supporter of aviation for decades. She has flown firefighting aircraft, has trained pilots who fly to protect wildlife in Kenya, and has supported AOPA in a variety of ways through the years, such as donating flight lessons to benefit the AOPA Foundation in 2014, to name just a few examples. The first woman to win a national aerobatic championship, Wagstaff has signed countless autographs at AOPA airshow tents, and continues to teach aerobatics and welcome students to the Florida airport that is not-at-all-coincidentally home to the American distributor of Extra Aircraft.