June 1, 2014 6:32 pm

Pilot dies after plane crashes while performing at Wisconsin air show

A Wisconsin State Patrol trooper, left, speaks with Stockton Fire Department crew members following a plane crash at the Stevens Point Air Show, Sunday, June 1, 2014, in Stevens Point, Wis.

AP Photo/Stevens Point Journal Media, B.C. Kowalski

STEVENS POINT, Wis. – Police say a small plane crashed at an air show in central Wisconsin, killing the 47-year-old pilot.

The crash happened about 12:20 p.m. Sunday at the Stevens Point Municipal Airport. Police say the plane was performing aerial manoeuvrs when it went down in a wooded area about 1,000 feet (300 metres) east of the airport runway.

The pilot’s name hasn’t been released.

Police ended the show and secured the scene. The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board will conduct an 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 air show lineup was to include aerobatic performances and World War II aircraft displays.

Global News

© The Canadian Press, 2014

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