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Pilot killed in Wisconsin airshow crash

A small plane crashed Sunday while performing aerial maneuvers at a Wisconsin airshow, killing the 47-year-old pilot.

The crash happened about 12:20 p.m. at the Stevens Point Municipal Airport. Police say the plane went down in a wooded area about 1,000 feet east of the airport runway.

The pilot had been flying a 1993 YAK-55M, Russian-made aerobatics plane, the Wisconsin Rapids Tribune reported.
Officials said they don't yet know what caused the crash.

Police secured the scene until officials from the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Bureau arrive to conduct their investigation.

Melvin Burskey of Neenah was at the show. He told Stevens Point Journal Media he couldn't believe what he saw. He says there was a puff of smoke and then the plane went down.

The airshow was scheduled to include aerobatic performances and World War II aircraft displays, AP reports.

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Location: Wisconsin, USA
Location: Wisconsin, USA
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