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#458 2007-07-28 07:11 GMT-5 hours    
Looks like 2 P51 Mustangs collided at Osh Kosh today, leaving one pilot dead. Here's an except from the article:


The pilot of a P-51 Mustang plane is dead after a collision with another P-51 Mustang on the north-south runway of the Experimental Aircraft Association's AirVenture Friday.

The two planes were flying in the Showcase flights, which is generally about an hour-long performance before the air show starts.

The P-51s were likely in the last group of showcase performers before the air show was to begin.

One of the planes came to rest on its nose on the side of the runway. The second plane ended upside about 100 feet behind the first plane.

After flipping upside down, witnesses said that plane burst into flames.

One pilot has been confirmed dead, according to a statement released by AirVenture spokesman Dick Knapinski. The second pilot had unspecified injuries, according to the release.

Witnesses said the pilot of the plane that ended up on its nose was able to walk away from that plane and first ran toward the burning plane before turning back and then falling to his knees.

Chuck Chall, of Brighton, Mich., saw the crash.

"I could see it developing," Chall said. "I could see it happening before it started."

According to Howell Herman, of Mt. Morris, Ill., who also witnessed the crash, the second P-51 was coming in faster than the P-51 in front. He said at first, it looked like the second plane would overshoot the first.

Other witnesses said the second plane landed, but its propeller clipped the tail of the first plane, pushing it on to its nose. Witnesses said the second plane may have tried to swerve, but ended up flipping over the first plane, to finally land upside in the grass to the east of the runway.

"I was shocked," Herman said. "It's a tragedy. No one expects an accident. These guys are pros."


Onlookers said they realized that they had likely witnessed a fatal accident when they saw emergency responders begin to cover the airplane with a tarp.

ďThatís what upset us most. You can replace the metal you canít replace the man,Ē said Barry Morris from Georgia.

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#466 2007-07-29 09:15 GMT-5 hours    
Sad day for all... But its a fact of life that some times tragedys occure. I hope that the show will continue because you unfortanlty have to climb back on to the horse.

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#468 2007-07-29 09:40 GMT-5 hours    
I just read that a Bi-plane just crashed preforming in Ohio killing its piolt and another plane went down to in ohio which is unrelated.

Any news.... both the Bi-Plane piolt and the student and inst. were killed.

Sat... was really a tragic day for all..

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#476 2007-07-29 22:57 GMT-5 hours    
Yah, it's been a bad weekend for air shows and aviation in general. Here's the link to the other accident: http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/07/28/airshow.roundup.ap/index.html

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