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Air show spectators horrified after stunt plane plummeted to ground killing pilot

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Baku, August 31, AZERTAC

Spectators at an air show were left horrified when a stunt plane plummeted to the ground killing the pilot, according to the Mirror.

In the clip, recorded by an eyewitness just yards from the impact, the plane hits the ground in front of a crowd of around 500 including small children.

The pilot was attempting a loop-the-loop manoeuvre at the Friesach-Hirt air show in Carinthia in Austria yesterday.

The 50-year-old pilot died from his injuries at the scene, and the remainder of the flying festival was abandoned.

Friesach-Hirt police chief Marianne Makoru told the Austria Press Agency that "no other people were in danger."

The plane, a Pitts S-2B, is a two-seat acrobatic biplane originally designed in the 1940s.

The crash comes just a eight days after 11 people killed when a vintage Hawker Hunter jet crashed into the A27 near the Shoreham airshow in Sussex.

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