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Pilot, 47, dies in crash at Wisconsin air show

Monday - 6/2/2014, 8:44am  ET

A Stevens Point Police Department vehicle heads back out to the scene of a plane crash at the Stevens Point Air Show, Sunday, June 1, 2014, in Stevens Point, Wis. Stevens Point police say the small plane crashed while performing aerial maneuvers at the airshow, killing the 47-year-old pilot. (AP Photo/Stevens Point Journal Media, B.C. Kowalski) NO SALES

STEVENS POINT, Wis. (AP) -- 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 maneuvers when it went down in a wooded area about 1,000 feet 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.


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