Veteran airshow performer, Eddie Andreini, 77, lost his life yesterday doing what he loved most, performing aerial stunts for an adoring crowd.
Andreini, a civilian pilot and veteran of hundreds of airshow performances, was attempting a "cut the ribbon" maneuver when his vintage biplane landed upside down and skidded down the tarmac then burst into flames at the Travis AFB airshow.
The tragic incident was caught on videos and still images by hundreds of spectators at Sunday’s afternoon’s performance. In fact, there were numerous requests from local authorities for videographers to submit their videos to the base, not post them on Facebook; requests that either came too late, or fell on deaf ears.
Yesterday’s airshow was plagued with gusty winds. Andreini himself did two pass-overs before his third and fatal attempt.
The remainder of the air show was cancelled.
The crash is under investigation by the Federal Aviation Administration amid much criticism from spectators on the response time of rescue crews to the scene of the accident.
No one on the ground was injured.
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