Plane crashes during base air show

A vintage civilian airplane crashed onto the tarmac at Travis Air Force Base in California during an air show Sunday afternoon.

The base posted online that the Travis Air Expo "has been cancelled due to the aircraft crash of an aerial performer."

It later issued a statement saying only that, "While performing an acrobatic aerial maneuver a civilian performer's aircraft crashed at approximately 2:05 p.m.'' PT at the base in northern California.

Lynn Lunsford of the Federal Aviation Administration said the plane was a Stearman biplane. The 1944 plane was registered to the Edward Andreini of Half Moon Bay, according to FAA records.

Sgt. Rachel Martinez, a spokeswoman for the base, said she had no information on the pilot but no one on the ground was injured. The plane was operated by a civilian, Martinez said.

The National Transportation Safety Board will head up an investigation, Lunford said.

KTVU-TV reported that the biplane was flying close to the ground executing a maneuver when it crashed at the base in Solano County.

The air base posted on its Facebook page that guests were instructed to exit the base following the crash. It requested that anyone attending who had photos or video of the crash to provide them to investigators.

Contributing: Associated Press


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