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May 4, 2014 10:42 PM by Associated Press

Biplane crashes at Northern California air show

FAIRFIELD, Calif. - Authorities say a vintage biplane has crashed while performing at a Northern California air show, killing the pilot.

Lynn Lunsford of the Federal Aviation Administration said Sunday that the plane was a Stearman biplane. The plane was part of the Thunder Over Solano airshow at Travis Air Force Base in Solano County.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the biplane crashed in an open field away from spectators at 2:05 p.m. Black smoke rose from the wreckage as crowds were evacuated from the base.

Lunsford says emergency responders said the pilot did not survive.

Air show organizers cancelled the air show shortly after the crash on the tarmac.

The 1944 plane was registered to the Eddie Andreini Air Shows, Inc. based in Half Moon Bay.

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