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    Dayton Air Show Crash

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    Pilot Dies When Plane Crashes At Dayton Air Show

    POSTED: 3:49 pm EDT July 28, 2007
    UPDATED: 6:41 pm EDT July 28, 2007

    DAYTON -- A plane performing a stunt crashed into a runway Saturday before thousands of people at the annual air show at Dayton International Airport, a show official said.

    The pilot, Jim LeRoy, was taken to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton where he was prounounced dead. LeRoy had been flying at air shows for 14 years.

    The plane was one of two making loop-to-loops with smoke trailing as part of the show just after 2:30 p.m. when Leroy's plane, "Mary's Lamb" slammed into the runway and caught fire.

    Fire trucks sprayed foam on the wreckage to extinguish the fire.

    The crowd stood stunned as the show was shut down, witnesses said.

    "It came down and didn't have enough room," said Aaron Smith, of Troy, who was watching the exhibition with his 5-year-old son, Weston. "I could hear it crunch, hard. Some pieces came off."

    Airport fire chief Mark Carpenter said it took less than a minute for fire trucks to arrive and start putting out the fire.

    He said LeRoy's plane struck the ground at an angle and slid about 300 yards after impact, bursting into flames and spewing black smoke.

    "We cut Mr. LeRoy out of the aircraft," Carpenter said.

    Officials said the crash was the first fatal crash in Dayton Air Show history.

    A performance by the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds was canceled. But officials said people who had ticket stubs from Saturday would be admitted to Sunday's scheduled performance.
    Just got back from the Dayton Air show. My wife and I witnessed the crash. She saw the plane hit (I was looking at the other aircraft) and I turned my head just in time to see the black smoke rising up. It was quite horrific actually. Knowing a little something about aircraft I knew the pilot's chances were very slim.

    The planes were doing a rolling dive towards the ground and then trailed off away from each other. The other plane in the performance only did 2 complete rolls while the accident aircraft attempted 3. My friend with us is a pilot and he said the accident aircraft had just completed the 3rd roll when it impacted the ground, wings basically level. Unfortunatley he lost too much altitude and the inertia carried him into the ground. The plane bounced, skidded a bit and then erupted into flames.

    The bolded section of the text is complete and utter rubbish by the way. The airport fire and rescue vehciles did NOT respond in less than a minute. They were lucky to have made it to the sceen in under three minutes. I believe there was a show related vehcile on sceen within a minute, but defintalty not the big fire-rescue trucks that spray foam all over the place.

    My prayers go out to the pilot and his family. I belive he has a wife and child(ren).
    Last edited by Ltlabner; 07-28-2007 at 09:27 PM.
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