1 killed while practicing for Florida air show

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Martin County Sheriff's Department Martin County Sheriff's Department
STUART, Fla (AP) -

Officials a plane crash ahead of a Florida air show has left one person dead.

The crash occurred Friday afternoon at Witham Field, where the Stuart Air Show is scheduled for this weekend.

Martin County Fire Rescue Bureau Chief Chris Kammel says the pilot was running a practice routine when the plane went nose down into the runway. Witnesses reported seeing a large plume of black smoke at the crash site. The fire was quickly extinguished.

Air show organizers didn’t immediately decide if the event would proceed as scheduled.

“It was in its practice routine and it went nose down into the runway,” said Chris Kammel, bureau chief of Martin County Fire Rescue EMS. 

Fire Rescue personnel staged at the airport for the air show witnessed the crash. They immediately responded and put out the flames, he said. 

Witnesses outside the airport reported seeing a plume of black smoke after the crash. The plane was fully engulfed in flames, Snyder said.  

"There was nothing that could have been done” to save the plane because of the damage, said Martin County Fire Rescue deputy fire chief Kevin Herdon.

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