One dead in stunt plane crash at metro Atlanta air show
ATLANTA — The pilot was killed Saturday afternoon when a biplane crashed during an air show at a metropolitan Atlanta airport, authorities said.
The biplane and another aircraft were performing stunts in tandem during the next-to-last performance of the day at the Good Neighbor Day Open House Airshow at DeKalb Peachtree Airport.
DeKalb County public information officer Shiera Campbell said the name of the pilot is not being released until next of kin are notified.
Video shot at the show and posted on YouTube showed the two planes flying past each other low to the ground. The biplane ascended for a loop and came straight down to the ground.
“It immediately split apart, with the front of the plane rolling a few times in a fireball,” Gray said.
Fire trucks responded and put out the fire, Gray said. No spectators were injured. The announcer said the show in Chamblee was over and the crowd left.
“It happened directly in front of the crowd,” Gray said. “There were no gasps from the crowd. It was as if everybody could not believe what they had just seen.”
The biplane appeared to be shaking and “acting squirrely” before the crash.
“Around me everybody sucked in air, then silence,” a witness said. “It was a skeleton of a plane left. It was completely burned out.”