Pilot killed in airshow crash
Show canceled after 77-year-old pilot crashes vintage bi-plane.
A pilot is dead after crashing his vintage bi-plane at California's Thunder Over Solano Air Show Sunday at Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield.
The pilot, well-known in the local flying community, was identified as 77-year-old Eddie Andreini of Half Moon Bay.
He was performing an "acrobatic aerial maneuver" around 2 p.m. when he crashed, according to Col. David Mott of Travis Air Force Base.
"I saw the performer perform an inverted, and he was flying approximately 40-50 feet from the runway," witness Brian Stokes said. "And then, his plane kind of stair-stepped, then impacted the runway in an inverted formation, upside down."
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