A South African pilot was killed, after his aerobatic aircraft XA42, plummeted to the ground, during a flight show in north-west China’s Gansu Province, Saturday, the event organiser said.
Paul Smith died in the crash at about 10:47 a.m. at the 1st Silk Road International General Aviation Convention, held at the Danxia airport in the city of Zhangye, the organiser confirmed.
A video clip provided by a spectator showed that the plane lost control while making a dive and crashed into the Gobi desert, about 100 metres from the airport runway.
The crash caused no other casualties on the ground.
The U.S. aerobatic flight team that Smith worked for, has cancelled all flights. Other aerobatic flights went as scheduled, on Saturday afternoon.
An investigation into the cause of the crash is underway.
The Danxia airport, the first general aviation airport in Gansu, opened Friday, along with the three-day general aviation convention, which will last till Sunday (today).
Zhangye, a popular tourist destination for its unique red gritstone landforms, attracted 15 million tourists and took in 8.7 billion yuan (1.3 billion U.S. dollars) in tourism revenue last year.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK