Pilot dies in stunt crash ahead of NY air show

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New York, Aug 29: An aerobatic pilot crashed and died in upstate New York while practising stunts in a propeller plane ahead of a weekend air show, police has said.

The accident happened at about 2:00 pm (2330 IST) on Friday at Stewart International Airport in New Windsor in the scenic Hudson Valley, on the eve of the New York Air Show.

NY: Pilot dies in stunt crash

"It appeared the aircraft had experienced a structural failure," a New York State Police spokesman told AFP.

The show, scheduled today and tomorrow at Stewart, is to feature demonstrations from civilian and military performers, including by Navy SEAL Leap Frogs, a parachute team.

The crash comes a week after up to 11 people were killed when a vintage military plane crashed onto a busy road in Britain near the Shoreham air show on the south coast of England. 

PTI

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