Small plane crashes at Kan. air show, pilot killed

August 20, 2011 - 6:45 PM
Air Show Fatal Crash

Remains of a fiery crash that killed a stunt pilot who couldn’t pull out of a downward spiral are seen during the Kansas City Air Expo Air Show at the Kansas City Wheeler Downtown Airport, Saturday, Aug. 20, 2011, in Kansas City, Mo. Aviation Department spokesman Joe McBride says the biplane crashed Saturday into the grass at a downtown airport airfield. Event officials identified the pilot as Bryan Jensen, though no other information was released. (AP Photo/The Kansas City Star, Rich Sugg)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Kansas City air show has abruptly ended after a fiery crash that killed a stunt pilot.

Aviation Department spokesman Joe McBride says the pilot couldn't pull out of a maneuver Saturday and crashed the biplane into the grass at a downtown airport airfield.

McBride says it's the first fatal crash at the annual Kansas City Aviation Expo Air Show. No spectators were injured.

Witnesses tell the Kansas City Star that the red Horzon Hobbit plane was performing loops, then couldn't pull up from a downward spiral. They say the plane hit the ground and burst into flames.

Event officials identified the pilot as Bryan Jensen, though no other information was released.

Spectators were asked to leave Wheeler Downtown Airport after the crash. The event is expected to resume Sunday.