An air show on Saturday in Davenport, Iowa, went tragically wrong, resulting in a spectacular crash that killed a pilot, before the disbelieving eyes of stunned onlookers.
The Quad-City Times reports that one of the pilots in a team of three retired military airmen failed to properly negotiate a 45-degree bank during a maneuver and slammed into the ground at an airfield just north of Interstate 80 (h/t The Blaze). Wreckage was strewn over an area ranging between 75 and 220 yards.
“The impact sent a huge fireball into the sky just southwest of the Davenport Municipal Airport, where thousands of spectators were watching the annual air show,” the Times writes.
The horrifying scene was captured in a video shot by one of the spectators and posted to YouTube.
The dead pilot has not been identified other than to say he was not from the local area. The report also indicates that no passengers were on board at the time of the crash.
An FAA spokesman, Lynn Lunsford, has commented that because the crash was fatal, the National Transportation Safety Board will head the investigation.
The plane that crashed was a 1984 single-engine fixed-wing Aero Vodochody L-39C. That model was originally used for military training, predominantly in Europe. Over the years, a number of them have been purchased by private owners and used for weekend flying and air shows.
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