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The crane broke its back
I saw something similar happen to a Hellcat from the Palomar airport in California about 40 years ago. It lost power on takeoff, but set down safely on a road, then came face to face with an oncoming semi and the pilot put it into the trees, which sheared the wings off. The recovery crane put a sling under the fuselage, just behind the wing trailing edge and when they picked it up the rear of the plane broke off.
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