On February 26, 2006, at about 8:30am the Aero Vodochody, L39C, N39DF (Wild Child), crashed into hilly terrain during a low altitude course reversal maneuver northwest of California City, California. The accident occurred during a flight conducted for the purpose of filming a motion picture involving the L39. The experimental category turbojet was owned and operated by Mach 1 Aviation, Universal City, California. The airplane was fragmented upon colliding with terrain and thereafter was consumed by fire. The airline transport certificated (front seat) pilot, and the commercial certificated (rear seat) pilot were killed. The flight originated from Van Nuys, California, at about 7:30am.