A plane has crashed during the ongoing Stevens Point Air Show killing the 47-year-old pilot inside it, reports WSAW. The pilot, who was a performer at the air show, was attempting a risky aerial maneuver when he lost control of the plane and, seconds later, crashed in to the woods. A witness to the air crash said that the performer was attempting a maneuver known as the “question mark” when “it sounded like the engine failed.”
Note that the actual cause of the crash at the Stevens Point Air Show will only be revealed once investigations are complete. The identity of the 47-year-old pilot has not been revealed yet as the family of the person is yet to be notified. Initial indications are that he is a resident of Wisconsin.
According to Sgt Tony Babl of the Stevens Point Police Department,
“The single plane was performing aerial maneuvers when it went down in a wooded area approximately 1,000 feet east of the airport runway. The 47-year was pronounced dead at the scene,”
According to Stevens Point Journal, the aircraft involved in the Stevens Point crash is a 1993 model YAK-55M, Russian-made aerobatics plane. There has been no official statement that details the cause of the crash. The crash is reported to have taken place in a wooded area about 1,000 feet east of the runway at the Stevens Point Municipal Airrport, Babl said. That area has been now closed off.
News about the plane crash was tweeted out by eyewitnesses.
I’m at the stevens point airshow and just saw a plane crash.
— Joe Was (@JoeWas1) June 1, 2014
Airport officials immediately shut down the air show after the crash and emergency teams were sent in. The pilot however was pronounced dead at the crash site itself. The airport reopened at 4 pm local time after remaining shut for some time. The FAA is expected to assist in the investigation to ascertain the cause of this plane crash.