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Pilot Killed When Plane Crashes During Air Show At Travis Air Force Base

  Bryan Stokes / AP
 

Bryan Stokes / AP

8:54 p.m. (AP) — Authorities say a vintage biplane has crashed while performing at a Northern California air show, killing the pilot.

Lynn Lunsford of the Federal Aviation Administration said Sunday that the plane was a Stearman biplane. The plane was part of the Thunder Over Solano airshow at Travis Air Force Base in Solano County.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the 1944 biplane crashed in an open field away from spectators at 2:05 p.m. Black smoke rose from the wreckage as crowds were evacuated from the base.

Lunsford says emergency responders said the pilot did not survive. An Air Force statement identified the pilot as 77-year-old Eddie Andreini of Half Moon Bay.

Air show organizers cancelled the air show shortly after the crash on the tarmac.

3:53 p.m. (AP) — Officials say a vintage biplane has crashed while performing at a Northern California air show.

Lynn Lunsford of the Federal Aviation Administration said Sunday that the plane was a Stearman biplane. The plane was part of the Thunder Over Solano airshow at Travis Air Force Base in Solano County.

KTVU-TV reports (http://bit.ly/1hqcw1S ) that the plane crashed shortly after 2 p.m. and no spectators were injured. There's no report of the pilot's condition.

Air show organizers cancelled the air show shortly after the crash on the tarmac.

The National Transportation Safety Board will head up an investigation and Lunsford says the FAA is already on site and will be a member of the team.

The 1945 plane was registered to the Eddie Andreini Air Shows, Inc. based in Half Moon Bay.

3:45 p.m. (CapRadio staff) - The SFGate website is reporting that a civilian pilot crashed his biplane while performing maneuevers during Sunday's "Thunder Over Solano" air show.

The Stearman biplane went down about 2 p.m., according to Lt. Jessica Clark, a spokeswoman for Travis Air Force Base. The name of the pilot has not been released, and the rest of the air show was canceled.

Full Story on SFGate 

3:00 p.m. (CapRadio staff) - A small plane has crashed during the Thunder Over Solano air show at Travis Air Force Base in California, spokesman says.

More details to come.