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UPDATE: Pilot, 47, dies in crash at Wisconsin airshow

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

STEVENS POINT, Wis. (AP) -- Stevens Point police say a small plane crashed while performing aerial maneuvers at an airshow, killing the 47-year-old pilot.

The crash happened Sunday about 12:20 p.m. at the Stevens Point Municipal Airport. Police say the plane went down in a wooded area about 1,000 feet east of the airport runway.

The pilot's name hasn't been released.

Police say they secured the scene until officials from the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Bureau arrive to conduct their investigation.

Melvin Burskey of Neenah was at the show. He tells Stevens Point Journal Media he couldn't believe what he saw. He says there was a puff of smoke and then the plane went down.

The airshow was scheduled to include aerobatic performances and World War II aircraft displays.
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A plane has crashed at the Stevens Point Airshow, and officials have closed the airport and dismissed the crowds.

The crash happened Sunday afternoon at the Stevens Point Municipal Airport. There was no immediate word on the extent of any casualties.

A Portage County sheriff's dispatcher says the department will issue a news release with more information later Sunday afternoon.

The plane was performing an aerial trick when it went down behind a row of trees.

Melvin Burskey of Neenah was at the show. He tells Stevens Point Journal Media he couldn't believe what he saw. He says there was a puff of smoke and then the plane went down.

The airshow was scheduled to include aerobatic performances and World War II aircraft displays.


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