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UPDATE: Investigation into Cause of Airshow Crash Begins

 
Posted May 5th, 2014 @ 6:15am by KFBK News

UPDATE: May 5, 6:04 a.m.: 

The NTSB and FAA are beginning their investigation into the cause of a crash of a vintage airplane that killed its pilot during an airshow at Travis Air Force Base yesterday afternoon.

Officials say 77-year-old Eddie Andreini of Half Moon Bay, a well-known and veteran stunt pilot, died performing an acrobatic aerial maneuver over the tarmac in his 1944 restored Stearman biplane.  Andreini had been flying since he was 16 years old. 

Witnesses, like Greg Krantz, say that the plane was upside down.

"I saw him coming inverted, and then on the other side of the tent I saw him sliding across the runway," Krantz said. 

He says the plane caught fire just after the crash.  

Air Force base officials immediately canceled the rest of the air show, and the approximately the 100,000 spectators were asked to leave.   

NTSB and FAA investigators are asking those people for recordings of the crash.

Lt. Jessica Clark with the Travis Air Force Base says "If [anyone] has video or photo coverage, we are asking folks to call 707-424-2000 with information for our security forces."

The small biplane crashed during the "Thunder Over Solano" show around 2:05 p.m. on Sunday. 

No spectators were injured in the crash. 

Below is a video of the plane in flight at a previous time:

Woo-Hoo! from TimnEvan on Vimeo.

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