Pilot killed in display plane crash at festival in England

AP News
Posted: Aug 01, 2015 12:33 PM

LONDON (AP) — An aerobatic stunt plane plummeted to the ground during a routine at a car and music festival in northwest England Saturday, killing the pilot.

Video shot by an eyewitness showed one jet in a two-plane team going into a steep dive and plowing into a wooded area during the CarFest event at the Oulton Park motor-racing track. Photos showed smoke rising from a field near the site, about 200 miles (320 kilometers) northwest of London.

DJ Chris Evans, who founded CarFest, said "one of the pilots involved in a synchro display lost his life."

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He said that on the advice of police and accident investigators the weekend festival, attended by thousands of people, would continue.

The plane belonged to the Gnat Display Team, a charitable group that flies vintage Royal Air Force Gnat fighter jets.