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Pilot killed in Florida air show crash

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Pilot killed in air show crash
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • NEW: Pilot killed in crash identified
  • Pilot killed while performing stunts at a Florida air show
  • He was flying a Russian military plane that crashed
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(CNN) -- A pilot performing stunts in an east Florida air show died in a fiery crash Saturday when the Russian military plane he was flying broke from formation and plummeted to the ground, officials said.

No one else was injured, the spokesman said.

The incident occured at around 4:30 p.m. E.T. in Bunnell, Florida, at Flagler County Airport, according to Carl Laundrie, the county's communications director. Bunnell is about 25 miles north of Daytona Beach.

The pilot, William E. Walker, 58, of Cookeville, Tennessee,was performing at the 2nd Annual Wings over Flagler air show when the crash occurred, according to a media release from the Florida Highway Patrol. The release stated that the crash was not alcohol related.

"During the aerial demonstration, the pilot lost control of the aircraft by unknown reasons," the highway patrol release stated.

The pilot crashed about a half-mile from spectators attending the event, causing the 1983 Aerostar YAK-52 Russian military trainer aircraft he was flying to burst into flames, according to the highway patrol. The pilot was pronounced dead at the scene, the release stated.

The fire was quickly extinguished and the remainder of the Saturday air show was canceled, Laundrie said.

Event organizers plan to resume the show on Sunday, Laundrie said.

Specialists with the Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board were headed to the crash site Saturday to open an investigation of the crash, according to the highway patrol.

CNN's Ben Smith and Chuck Johnston contributed to this report

 
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