Air shows are other fun events the entire family can enjoy. Pilots in airplanes and helicopters perform stunts to inspire awe. These stunts can lead to unfortunate accidents when things do not go as planned.
“Look away,” are not the words one would expect to hear at an airshow. Yet, this is exactly what parents told the children at the airshow on Saturday, May 14.
The airshow, taking place at Peachtree Dekalb Airport, featured stunt planes wowing the audience. During one of the stunts, two planes crossed paths close to the ground. Afterwards, both planes began an ascent and then descended into a dive. One of the planes pulled up out of the dive as expected. The second plane did not pull out.
Pilot Greg Connell of South Carolina lost his life when his custom-built biplane known as Wolfpitts crashed during the Good Neighbor Day Air Show at Peachtree Dekalb Airport.
Gary Ward, the pilot of the other plane involved in the stunt, was initially unaware that his friend had crashed. Ward is described as having been Connell’s instructor and mentor on the “meet the pilot” page on Connell’s website.
An investigation into the accident is ongoing and could take up to a year to complete. Authorities will be looking into various factors including the pilot, the plane, and the environment.
The plane wreckage was taken to a hangar in Griffin, Georgia.
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