August 17, 2008

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Fatal plane crash during air show

RHINEBECK – A pilot flying a replica 1917 Nieuport 24 biplane was killed during an air show at the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome Sunday afternoon.

The man, who authorities said was an experienced air show pilot at the Aerodrome and other air shows in the region, was a certified commercial flight instructor. His name is being withheld pending notification of relatives.

When Dutchess County Sheriff’s deputies arrived on the scene in the Town of Rhinebeck around 4 p.m. they found the burning wreckage of the plane that had crashed into a heavily wooded area about 1,000 feet southeast of the aerodrome’s runway.

The plane had crashed during the final minutes of an air show, police said.

An investigator from the FAA responded to the scene and the investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board into the cause of the crash is ongoing.

The airplane, which is part of the Aerodrome’s collection, was a replica of an airplane designed and built by the French and flown by the allies in World War I. This particular plane was a recent reproduction of the Nieuport, according to Aerodrome officials.

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