As it happened, only the pilot was killed. This could have been a major disaster.A pilot was killed when his plane crashed during an air show at a California Air Force base Sunday.Eddie Andreini, 77, an air show veteran, was killed in the crash, Col. David Mott of Travis Air Force Base said at a Sunday afternoon press conference.
"No one wants to see an event like this," Mott said. "Our hearts and condolences go out to the Andreini family."
Andreini was attempting a "cutting the ribbon" maneuver when the biplane crashed upside-down on the tarmac shortly after 2 p.m., Mott said. The trick involves the plane inverting and flying close to the ground so that a knife attached to the plane can slice a ribbon just off the ground...
A 77-year-old has no business flying upside down 8 feet from the ground on purpose. Stunt flying is for young pilots.