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Biplane Crashes During Air Show, Plunges Into River

Poland, Jun 19 : A small plane lost control and plunged into a river on Saturday as it performed stunts at an air show in Poland.The accident occurred in Plock, in central Poland, as people

PTI [ Updated: June 19, 2011 11:57 IST ]
biplane crashes during air show plunges into river
biplane crashes during air show plunges into river

Poland, Jun 19 : A small plane lost control and plunged into a river on Saturday as it performed stunts at an air show in Poland.


The accident occurred in Plock, in central Poland, as people gathered by the Vistula River for a picnic and the air show.

The news station TVN24 broadcast images of the small plane doing aerobatics when it began spewing out plumes of dark smoke and then plunged into the water.

Rescue workers pulled the pilot from the wreckage and tried to resuscitate him before sending him to a hospital.

It was not immediately clear if he survived.

The pilot was alone in the plane, a Christen Eagle II, a popular single-engine aircraft used for aerobatic flying.

TVN24 identified the pilot as Marek Szufa, a pilot for the Polish airline LOT and the runner-up in a Poland-wide aerobatics championship.

The director of the Air Club of Mazovia that organised the show, Slawomir Adamkowski, said it was too soon to draw conclusions about what caused the crash. AP

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