Post-WWII plane pilot dies in W. Va. air show crash

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — The pilot of a post-World War II plane died Saturday after crashing into a runway and bursting into flames, the second deadly air show crash in 24 hours.

The West Virginia Air National Guard said that no spectators were injured and that the crash site was far from anyone at the show.

"We were fortunate that the safety measures put in place by the Federal Aviation Administration ensured the safety of those on the ground," Maj. Gen. James Hoyer, adjutant general of the West Virginia National Guard, said in a statement. "Right now our thoughts and prayers are with the family members of the deceased."

Officials have not released the pilot's name. The fixed-wing, single-engine T-28 plane is registered to John Mangan of Concord, N.C., and was built in 1958, according to an FAA registry.

The Journal of Martinsburg reported that the aircraft went out of control during a six-plane stunt formation and hit a runway near hangers at the airfield. The plane was part of the T-28 Warbird Aerobatic Formation Demonstration Team, which performs at air shows around the country.

The Trojan Horsemen's website says Jack "Flash" Mangan is part of the alternate wing. His biography says he is a former Air Force fighter pilot who won three Meritorious Service Medals and Tactical Air Command's Instructor Pilot of the Year. A message left at Mangan's North Carolina home was not returned Saturday.

According to The Boeing Co.'s website, the North American T-28 Trojan was a basic trainer used by the U.S Navy, including for carrier operation. Its first flight was in 1949.

Post-WWII plane pilot dies in W. Va. air show crash 09/17/11 [Last modified: Sunday, September 18, 2011 12:21am]

Copyright: For copyright information, please check with the distributor of this item, Associated Press.
    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...