Biplane crashes at Northern California air show

Temetrius O'Bannon, who was in the audience, shared a short video of the crash's aftermath on Instagram.
Temetrius O'Bannon, who was in the audience, shared a short video of the crash's aftermath on Instagram. Courtesy Temetrius O'Bannon

Update: Pilot dies as plane crashes at California air show

A vintage biplane crashed Sunday while performing at a Northern California air show attended by thousands of people.

Lynn Lunsford of the Federal Aviation Administration said the plane was a Stearman biplane. The plane was part of the Thunder Over Solano airshow at Travis Air Force Base in Solano County.

Sgt. Rachel Martinez, a spokeswoman for the base, said there was no information on the pilot, but nobody in attendance was injured in the crash that happened at 2:05 p.m. as the pilot performed an acrobatic aerial maneuver over the tarmac. The plane was operated by a civilian, Martinez said.

The 1944 plane was registered to the Edward Andreini of Half Moon Bay, according to FAA records.

The plane crash cut short the air show as emergency responders flooded to the scene. Martinez said organizers estimated that 100,000 people attended the air show Sunday. Some posted images of the crash on social media: 

Instagram video: Crash at NorCal air show

The National Transportation Safety Board will head up an investigation, said Lunsford adding that the FAA was already on site and will be a member of the team.

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