Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 23 May 2015

Second tragedy at US air show

A second Second World War-era plane has crashed and burst into flames in America.

The accident happened on a runway at a weekend West Virginia air show.

Officials reported no injuries among spectators at the airfield. Details on the pilot's condition were unavailable.

West Virginia Air National Guard spokesman Lt Nathan Mueller said the T-28 aircraft crashed while it performed during a routine at the Thunder over the Blue Ridge and Open House and Air Show.

The plane was registered to John Mangan of Concord, North Carolina. The Journal of Martinsburg reported the aircraft lost control during a six-plane stunt formation.

Meanwhile, the death toll from the crash of a Second World War fighter plane at a Nevada air race reached nine last night.

The deaths included seven who were killed on the Reno tarmac, including the pilot, and two others who died at hospitals. Investigators have not speculated on a cause, but organisers pointed to a possible mechanical failure.

The plane, flown by a 74-year-old veteran Hollywood stunt pilot, slammed into the ground in front of VIP box seats and blew to pieces in front of the pilot's family and a tight-knit group of friends at the annual event.

Video and photos of the crash were captured by several people in the stands.

West Virginia crash

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