Video above shows the actual crash.
For the second time in as many days there has been a deadly plane crash at an air show in the U.S. Today's was in Martinsburg, West Virginia and left a pilot dead. Yesterday's crash in Reno took the lives of the pilot and eight people on the ground.
The pilot of a post-World War II plane died Saturday after crashing into a runway and bursting into flames, the second deadly air show crash in 24 hours.
The West Virginia Air National Guard said that no spectators were injured and that the crash site was far away from anyone at the show. Still, air show officials posted a notice on their website encouraging those who witnessed the crash to seek support if they felt viewing it had been traumatic.
According to West Virginia National Guard a T-28 war bird aircraft crashed at the "Thunder Over the Blue Ridge" air show today.
The crash happened around 2:30 p.m. during an acrobatic demonstration by the Trojan Horsemen. During the demonstration, the pilot failed to pull out of close formation.
No audience members were involved in the crash.
More information to come on those involved.
Associated Press photo.
From the AP:
A World War II-era plane crashed at a West Virginia air show and burst into flames on Saturday, though officials did not immediately know of any injured spectators.
The crash comes a day after a stunt pilot in Nevada crashed at an air show there, killing nine.
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 Open House and Air Show in Martinsburg. Mueller did not have any details on the pilot's condition.
The pilot's name has not been released.
The fixed-wing, single-engine plane is registered to John Mangan of Concord, N.C., and was built in 1958, according to a Federal Aviation Administration registry.
The Journal of Martinsburg (http://bit.ly/nJ268P ) reports the aircraft lost control during a six-plane stunt formation and then crashed on a runway near hangers at the airfield. The plane was part of the T-28 Warbird Aerobatic Formation Demonstration Team, which performs at air shows around the country.
The team is known as the Trojan Horsemen and its website says Jack "Flash" Mangan is part of the alternate wing. His biography on the site says he is a former Air Force fighter pilot who won three Meritorious Service Medals and Tactical Air Command's Instructor Pilot of the Year. A message left at Mangan's North Carolina home was not immediately returned on Saturday.
FAA spokesman Jim Peters said the crash happened about 2:40 p.m.