Kansas City Air Show Resumes Day After Fatal Crash

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email
The annual Kansas City Aviation Expo has resumed a day after a stunt pilot crashed to his death in front of thousands of spectators.

KMBC - Kansas City

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UPDATE: Sunday, August 21, 2011

The annual Kansas City Aviation Expo has resumed a day after a stunt pilot crashed to his death in front of thousands of spectators.

Bryan Jensen was performing maneuvers in his small plane at 1:45 p.m. Saturday when he didn't pull out of a dive in time and crashed.

The show halted after the fiery crash, and spectators were ushered out of Wheeler Downtown Airport.

But, the show resumed Sunday.

Jensen flew a custom-built biplane dubbed "The Beast" in air shows across the country. His website says he has logged more than 23,000 hours of flight time for major airlines and was promoted to captain by Delta Airlines earlier this year.

A message left Sunday morning on Delta's after-hours pager was not immediately returned.

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Saturday, August 20, 2011

A Kansas City air show has abruptly ended after a fiery crash that killed a stunt pilot.

Aviation Department spokesman Joe McBride says the pilot couldn't pull out of a maneuver Saturday and crashed the biplane into the grass at a downtown airport airfield.

McBride says it's the first fatal crash at the annual Kansas City Aviation Expo Air Show. No spectators were injured.

Witnesses tell the Kansas City Star that the red Horzon Hobbit plane was performing loops, then couldn't pull up from a downward spiral. They say the plane hit the ground and burst into flames.

Event officials identified the pilot as Bryan Jensen, though no other information was released.

Spectators were asked to leave Wheeler Downtown Airport after the crash. The event is expected to resume Sunday.

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Saturday, August 20, 2011

A Kansas City air show has abruptly ended after a small plane crashed while performing a stunt, killing the pilot.

Aviation Department spokesman Joe McBride says the pilot couldn't pull out of a maneuver Saturday and crashed the biplane into a grass field at a downtown airport airfield.

No spectators were injured. The pilot's name hasn't been released.

McBride says the accident is the first fatal crash at the annual Kansas City Aviation Expo Air Show. He says spectators were asked to leave Wheeler Downtown Airport after the crash.

Show organizers are holding a news conference later Saturday to discuss details of the incident.

Rain initially delayed the start of air demonstrations Saturday morning. McBride says tickets for Saturday's event will be honored Sunday.


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