Submitted by WBRi on Sat, 09/17/2011 - 16:56.
Martinsburg, WV, Sep 17, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) A T-28 Trojan
military trainer and counter-insurgency aircraft crashed during a
demonstration at the 2011 Thunder Over the Blue Ridge Open House and Air
Show at the 167th Airlift Wing in Martinsburg, West Virginia.
The crash happened at around 2:30 PM. The plane was seen to crash
into the runway in a fireball. Emergency crew responded immediately.
There were no injuries reported among the spectators, who left the
airfield in an orderly way after the rest of the show was announced
The Martinsburg accident happened one day after a P-51 Mustang
crashed into spectators in a air race near Reno, Nevada which resulted
in spectator casualties. That plane was piloted by Jimmy Leeward (74),
who, according to reports, made a valiant last-ditch attempt to avoid
the crowd thus potentially avoiding a much larger number of casualties.