Hurricane in fatal crash at Czech show

Czech-owned Hawker Hurricane IV OO-HUR and its pilot were lost in an accident on 14 August
Hurricane IV ‘BE150’/OO-HUR was lost in a fatal accident on 14 August
Hurricane IV ‘BE150’/OO-HUR was lost in a fatal accident on 14 August VIA TOCNÁ AIRPORT

The only Czech-owned airworthy example of the Hawker Hurricane, the Tocná-based Hurricane IV OO-HUR, was lost in an accident during an airshow at Cheb, in the Czech Republic, on Sunday 14 August. Its pilot Petr Paces was killed.

Acquired during 2021 by a group connected with the Tocná Aviation Museum at Tocná, just south of the Czech capital Prague, the fighter arrived at its new home in June of that year. In preparation for its move, the aircraft — formerly owned by Belgian businessman Bernard van Milders — was repainted at Brasschaat, Belgium as BE150/JX-E, the first Hurricane to be flown by Sqn Ldr Karel Kuttelwascher, the top-scoring Czechoslovak pilot in the wartime RAF, after he joined No 1 Squadron. The aeroplane had been finished in desert camouflage as a No 4 Squadron machine, ‘KZ321’, ever since Hawker Restorations completed its restoration to airworthiness for The Fighter Collection in 2003. Sold by TFC to Vintage Wings of Canada during 2006, the Hurricane returned to Europe in late 2018 following its purchase by van Milders. Upon its sale to the Czech Republic, it was kept on the Belgian register.

The accident occurred on the second day of the show at Cheb, in the far west of the Czech Republic near the German border. The Hurricane crashed off-airfield, near houses in the village of Podhradí. The pilot, Petr Paces, flew MiG-21 fighters in the Czechoslovak Air Force and later became a commercial Boeing 737 captain and instructor.