Pilot killed in US air show crash

September 2nd, 2012 - 9:22 pm ICT by IANS  

Washington, Sep 2 (IANS) A plane performing at an air show in the US crashed and exploded, killing the pilot in front of thousands of spectators, CNN reported Sunday.

The crash occurred Saturday during the Quad City Air Show in Davenport, Iowa, officials said.

The pilot was not identified.

The plane, a high performance L-39 Albatross jet trainer, was attempting a 45-degree bank when it crashed, police told CNN-affiliate WQAD.

The pilot was a member of a group of exhibition fliers - Hopper Flight.

A video taken by a spectator showed three airplanes flying in formation when one experiences a problem.

Seconds later, the plane hits the ground and explodes in a giant fireball.

The air show was temporarily halted after the crash.

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