Pilot killed when plane crashes during New York Air Show practice run

Stunt Pilot Killed In New York Air Show Practice Run

NEW WINDSOR (PIX11) -– The pilot of a small plane died after crashing near the Stewart Airport in Orange County Friday.

The pilot of the propeller plane was performing a training run around 2 p.m. in preparation for the New York Air Show when the plane suddenly spun toward the ground and crashed.

Photos taken from the crowd show the entire tail snapping off the body of the plane. The pilot was pronounced dead at the scene, according to state police.

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The plane, an experimental G202, was owned by Austin, Texas stunt pilot Andrew Wright, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

The New York Air Show is being held at Stewart International Airport from August 29 – 30. The show features planes ranging from older propeller-powered aircrafts to the U.S. Air Force's newest fighter jet, the F-22 Raptor.

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Pilot killed when plane crashes during New York Air Show practice run
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Benjamin Granucci, identified on his Twitter account as an editor for NYCAviation.com, tweeted, "What I saw was the aircraft come in for a dive. As it pulled up, it suddenly crossed the crowd line and spun towards the ground. At this point, all media have been escorted outside of the fence."

Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney issued a statement Friday, saying, "I was deeply saddened to hear of the tragic accident which took a pilot's life today in New Windsor. My thoughts and prayers are with the pilot's family and all those participating in the New York Air Show this weekend."

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