Pilot killed in plane crash at air show in Martin County


STUART, Fla. (WFLA) – One person is dead after a plane crashed at an air show on Florida’s Atlantic Coast, authorities say.

An aircraft went down at the Stuart Air Show on Friday afternoon. 8 On Your Side’s NBC affiliate in the area says the Martin County Sheriff’s Office confirmed one person died in the crash.

Air show officials tweeted about the crash just after 1:30 p.m.

“We’ve had an incident involving one of our aircraft. All local and federal agencies are on site and investigating so that we may ensure the safety of our airshow before we continue,” they wrote.

The Martin County Sheriff’s Office was among the agencies that responded to the crash at Whitham Field. They tweeted a photo from the scene of the plane that crashed.

WPTV reports the plane involved is a Grumman OV-1 Mohawk. The pilot who died was the only person on the plane when it crashed, they say.

Audi Stuart Air Show released this statement after the crash:

“Due to an unfortunate incident today, the Audi Stuart Air Show’s night time air show and TD Bank Dirty Flight Suit Party have been cancelled for this evening, Friday, November 1, 2019.  We are working to reschedule this event for after tomorrow’s airshow, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019. At this time, the remainder of the weekend’s event will resume as planned.

If you purchased a Friday General Admission ticket, those tickets will be honored on Saturday or Sunday.  If you have a ticket for TD Bank’s Dirty Flight Suit Party, stay tuned to our social media channels and your email, as we will be providing updates as soon as we can.”

It’s not clear yet what caused the plane to crash but WPTV reports the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating.


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