Plane Crashes at Calif. Air Show
Biplane was flying upside-down when accident happened
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted May 4, 2014 5:40 PM CDT
An image from the crash scene at Travis Air Force Base.   (YouTube)

(Newser) – A civilian biplane crashed at an air show in Northern California today, sending plumes of black smoke across Travis Air Force Base, KTVU reports. The crash occurred away from spectators, and no injuries were reported, but the pilot has not been accounted for. The Stearman plane was flying upside down and performing a maneuver called "cutting the ribbon" when it went down. An eyewitness video appeared on Instagram, reports NBC Bay Area, and an image was tweeted with the message, "This is not what you want to see at an air show." The show was canceled, and emergency responders are on the scene.

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Mad
May 5, 2014 10:28 AM CDT
My wife's boss owned and flew a tri plane. After working with for several years he finally offered to fly with her. When the moment came, she refused, so I got to go up. Ever since that day, known I was born the wrong species.
No-Left-Turn
May 4, 2014 7:25 PM CDT
"no injuries were reported, but the pilot has not been accounted for" Nice sentence.
Twiny
May 4, 2014 6:58 PM CDT
"The crash occurred away from spectators, and no injuries were reported, but the pilot has not been accounted for. The Stearman plane was flying upside down and performing a maneuver called "cutting the ribbon" when it went down." That plane was only a few feet away from the ground when it crashed. The pilot is dead.