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Pilot Performing Aerial Maneuvers Dies in Wisconsin Air Show Crash

By    |   Monday, 02 Jun 2014 08:35 AM

A 47-year-old pilot performing aerial maneuvers at an air show in central Wisconsin was killed Sunday when his small plane crashed near the runway.

The crash happened about 12:20 p.m. Sunday at the Stevens Point Municipal Airport, according to The Associated Press. Police say the plane was performing aerial maneuvers when it went down in a wooded area about 1,000 feet east of the airport runway.

The pilot's name hasn't been released.

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Police ended the show and secured the scene. The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board will conduct an investigation.

Melvin Burskey of Neenah was at the show. He told Stevens Point Journal Media he couldn't believe what he saw. He said there was a puff of smoke and then the plane went down.

The air show lineup was to include aerobatic performances and World War II aircraft displays.

A month ago, a veteran stunt pilot was killed in a crash at a Northern California air show when his vintage biplane landed upside-down on a runway.

That tragedy brought to a quick halt the "Thunder Over Solano" show at Travis Air Force Base, which was attended by an estimated 100,000 spectators. No one else was injured.

The Air Force identified the pilot as Edward Andreini, 77, of Half Moon Bay, who had thrilled audiences for decades with acrobatic stunts. Federal Aviation Administration records show he was the registered owner of the 1944 Stearman biplane, a World War II-era plane commonly used to train pilots.

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