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Plane crash at California air show kills 77-year-old pilot

Published on May 5, 2014 12:29 PM

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (REUTERS) - An airplane crashed during an air show at Travis Air Force Base in California on Sunday, killing its 77-year-old pilot and forcing a shutdown of the show, a spokesman for the base said.

The vintage PT-17 biplane piloted by civilian Eddie Andreini went down shortly after 2pm, the base posted on its website.

Base spokesman Airman Bryan Swink said that the pilot was performing an aerobatic maneuver when the aircraft went down. He did not say whether anyone else was on the plane.

Andreini lived in the coastal California community of Half Moon Bay, the Air Force said.

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