MARTINSBURG, W. Va. (WUSA) -- According to West Virginia National Guard a T-28 war bird aircraft crashed at the "Thunder Over the Blue Ridge" air show today.
The crash happened around 2:30 p.m. during an acrobatic demonstration by the Trojan Horsemen. During the demonstration, the pilot failed to pull out of close formation.
The pilot was pronounced dead on the scene.
No audience members on the ground were involved in the crash.
The incident is under investigation by federal and local authorities, who are now in control of the scene.
"We were fortunate that the safety measures put in place by
the Federal Aviation Administration ensured the safety of those on the
ground," Maj. Gen. James Hoyer, adjutant general of the West
Virginia National Guard said. "Right now our thoughts and prayers are with
the family members of the deceased."