Updated 7:29 pm. Sunday: Glenn Smith left a lucrative job at a Dallas-area technology firm for an early retirement of restoring Soviet fighter jets and flying to exhibitions across the country. 

He died Saturday when his nearly 30-year-old training plane nosedived during an air show in eastern Iowa and crashed into a field, authorities said. Spectators watched the 59-year-old Smith’s plane erupt into flames, followed by a cloud of gray smoke. Nobody on the ground was hurt.

Smith had been flying in formation with other members of the HopperFlight team at the Quad-City Air Show in Davenport.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash. Senior air safety investigator Aaron Sauer said Sunday that a preliminary report on the crash is expected within a week, but a final report will likely take several months.

He said inspectors would examine the few remaining pieces of the plane, as well as Smith’s autopsy and toxicology reports.

Smith did not make a mayday call or suggest any sign of distress before the crash, according to Sauer and Randy Ball, a good friend of Smith’s.

Ball said Smith was a meticulous flier who would map every step of a flight plan beforehand.

“They practiced the day before and everything went fine,” Ball said.

Smith was a longtime technology entrepreneur whose company was acquired by Tyler Technologies, a Dallas-based company that develops software for local schools and government clients, in 1998. He remained an executive at Tyler until 2006, the company said in a statement.

After retirement, Smith focused on collecting and flying vintage planes. He kept two rare Soviet MiG-17 fighter jets at the Historic Aviation Memorial Museum in Tyler, about 90 miles east of Dallas, museum president Carolyn Verver said.

Ball, who also owns a MiG-17, said he spent countless hours working on planes with Smith. Smith loved to preserve planes so others could see and appreciate them, Ball said.

“Those guys are literally using their own money to save a part of history and share that history with everybody else,” he said.

Smith was also the newest member of the “Hoppers,” according to the team’s website. The Hoppers are a group of pilots who privately maintain and fly L-39 fighter jets at air shows and other exhibitions. The L-39 Smith flew Saturday was made by a company in the former Czechoslovakia in 1984, according to a Federal Aviation Administration registry.

“He kept it absolutely immaculate,” Ball said.

Part of the Hoppers’ mission is to introduce American audiences to planes produced and used by the country’s former enemies, according to the website.

“It is important for people to remember and for young kids to learn, so that history does not repeat itself,” the website said.

According to the HopperFlight site, Smith had been a pilot for a quarter-century and has a commercial pilot’s license with an additional instrument rating certification. Details about Smith’s flight history from the FAA were not immediately available Sunday.

A squadron of planes flew over the crash site Sunday in the “missing man” formation before the air show continued. 


Authorities release name of pilot killed in Q-C Air Show crash

Update: 11:48 a.m.: Authorities have released the name of the pilot. He is Glenn A. Smith, 58, of Frisco, Texas. He also is listed as the director of the foundation, Warbird Education Foundation, that owned the plane.

Smith, whose nickname is “Skids” was a technology entrepreneur who founded a company in 1981 that provides information technology services to local governments, according to the Hoppers team website.

He started flying about 24 years ago and earned his commercial pilot’s license.

The website said Smith is the newest member of the team and flies a PT-17 Stearman, T-37 Tweet, MiG-17, L-39 and Super Cub, according to the site.

Glenn also was a certified scuba diver, licensed sailor and enjoyed sking and golf, the Hopper site said.

- Thomas Geyer

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Shortly after 8 a.m., a squadron of planes flew over the crash site in missing man formation.

Investigators are mapping the scene and will take aerial photos of the crash site this morning. The plan is to be done and out of the field today.

Doug Schorpp


Pilot dies in plane crash during Quad-City Air Show

Updated 9:12 p.m.: A pilot flying in formation with two other retired military jets failed to come out of a 45-degree bank during a Quad-City Air Show performance, crashing Saturday afternoon into a field just north of Interstate 80.

The pilot, part of the Hoppers Flight Jet Team, died in the crash about 1:25 p.m.

The impact sent a huge fireball into the sky just southwest of the Davenport Municipal Airport, where thousands of spectators were watching the annual air show.

Davenport Assistant Police Chief Don Schaeffer told reporters the plane went directly into the ground.

“He never had an opportunity to come out of it,” Schaeffer added.

No one on the ground was injured.

Schaeffer said the Davenport Police Department was the lead agency investigating the crash Saturday afternoon. Federal Aviation Administration, or FAA, officials, who were stationed at the air show, were also at the crash scene in the Eastern Iowa Industrial Center off Northwest Boulevard.

An FAA spokesman, Lynn Lunsford, said that because it was a fatal crash, the National Transportation Safety Board will lead the investigation. He did not know when officials from that agency would be on-site.

As the air show continued and planes roared overhead, investigators began setting up a grid system to organize the search for pieces of the wreckage.

The air show is scheduled to continue today.

Schaeffer said the plane crashed in an alfalfa field, but the wreckage was widely scattered. He estimated that parts of the plane were strewn over an area that measured about 75 by 220 yards. The crash occurred a few hundred yards from buildings in the industrial park, but they were not damaged.

The pilot was the only person in the plane and his body was removed from the wreckage. The person’s name will not be released until today because not all relatives had been notified as of Saturday night, but Schaeffer said “this portion” of the air show was not from the Quad-City area. Schaeffer also said he did not know the names of the two other pilots, both of whom landed safely.

Schaeffer had no information about what may have caused the crash.

The plane that crashed was a 1984 single-engine fixed-wing Aero Vodochody L-39C. That model was originally a military training jet, used mainly in Europe, Lunsford said. Over the years, a number of them have been purchased by private owners and used for weekend flying and for air shows, he said.

FAA records show that the plane, which had the tail number N139GS, is owned by the Warbird Education Foundation, based in Frisco, Texas. The plane was built in 1984 and has a turbo-jet engine. The foundation’s 2010 tax return said that Glenn Smith of Frisco is the organization’s president. David Mills of Moline is listed as a director. The return listed a 1984 Aero Vodochody L-39C with a fair market value of $550,000.

Mills also is a member of the Hoppers Flight Jet Team and was at the air show Saturday.

An L-39C crashed in May near Boulder City, Nev., killing two people, according to a report in the Las Vegas Sun newspaper. And a website for enthusiasts of the plane listed 20 crashes of the aircraft since 1998. The website said more than 2,800 of the aircraft were built and 300-plus were flying in private ownership. The plane was developed in Czechoslovakia and was used by the Soviet Union and eastern bloc countries, according to the site.

At the time of the police briefing Saturday afternoon, Schaeffer said there were a number of canisters scattered about the field with the valves broken off, raising the possibility of toxic fumes in the area. He said, however, that the fire department was on hand and authorities were ensuring the safety of the scene before officers began processing it.

Schaeffer said authorities would guard the crash scene at the Eastern Iowa Industrial Center throughout the night. Investigators are expected to return there this morning.

Six of the police department’s crime scene technicians were on the crash scene Saturday, as were many Scott County Sheriff’s deputies and firefighters. The large contingent of investigators walked the field, looking for debris. The plane’s ejection seat mechanism was found intact. The Quad-City Bomb Squad was called to the scene to detonate the explosives package that powers the ejection seat since it was believed to be a potential danger to anyone in the area.

Schaeffer said investigators who return to the field today will “identify the location of each piece of debris we find.”

“We’re going to photograph it and then remove it to a hangar at the airport,” he said. The crash site will be mapped using the police department’s crime scene mapping equipment.

“There are literally hundreds of pieces of debris scattered across the field,” he said. “We want to collect and catalog each piece so that if the FAA or some other investigating body wants to rebuild the plane, they can do it.”

- Ed Tibbetts


Updated 3:44 p.m.: Davenport police and federal investigators were preparing to comb a field north of Interstate-80, where a retired military plane failed to come out of a 45-degree bank at the Quad-City Air Show and crashed about 1:25 p.m. today, killing the pilot, authorities said.

Assistant Davenport Police Chief Don Schaeffer briefed reporters about 3 p.m. Schaeffer said the plane went directly into the ground.

“He never had an opportunity to come out of it,” Schaeffer said.

Nobody on the ground was hurt by the crash.

The pilot was not identified.

This afternoon, authorities were preparing to search what Schaeffer believed to be an alfalfa field for wreckage, but it was widely scattered. He estimated parts of the plane were strewn over an area that measured 75 yards to 220 yards.

Schaeffer had no information about what may have caused the crash. Officials from the Federal Aviation Administration were at the scene, but they did not take part in the briefing.

At the time of the briefing, Schaeffer said there were cannisters, presumably from the plane, that were scattered about the field with the valves broken off. He said the fire department was on hand, and that authorities were ensuring the safety of the scene before officers began processing it.

“So far, we’re in great shape,” he said.

Schaeffer said that authorities would be combing the field at the Eastern Iowa Industrial Center for much of the afternoon and would guard the site throughout the night. The crash investigation is expected to resume Sunday morning.

- Ed Tibbetts


Updated: 3:23 p.m.: The pilot was killed, Davenport Assistant Police Chief Don Schaeffer said. The pilot’s name was not released, pending notification of his family.

Schaeffer indicated the flying team was not from the area and presumed the next of kin was not as well.

- Times staff


Updated 2:47 p.m.: A Soviet-era training jet flying in formation crashed and burst into flames at the Quad-City Air Show about 1:25 p.m. today.

The pilot is feared dead, and the rubble from the crash fell into a field at the Eastern Iowa Industrial Center in northern Davenport adjacent to Interstate 80.

Officials at the scene told spectators to not go to their cars because the area near the air show at the Davenport Municipal Airport in Mt. Joy was being cordoned off to let emergency vehicles in and out.

The other two L-39 fighter jets returned safely, and flights continued soon after the crash, according to witnesses at the scene.

Two other L-39 planes have crashed this year, according to a website devoted to the planes made in Czechoslovakia beginning in 1966. The site, L39.com, listed fatal crashes on May 18 in Boulder City, Nev., where two people were killed, and Jan. 20 in Rainbow City, Ala.

Earlier today, an official at the air show said flights would continue in the rain, but would be suspended if conditions became unsafe. The National Weather Service reported rain in the area, but no storm activity “within 50 miles miles of here all day,” according to meteorologist Brian Pierce at the National Weather Service in the Quad-Cities.

The airshow official earlier today said the Federal Aviation Administration was onsite and was overseeing the situation and making those decisions.

The L-39 website said that more than 2,800 were made and that an “unknown number” are still in military service, and 300 are “flying in private ownership.”

- Times staff


Updated 2:08 p.m.: A plane at the Quad-City Air Show crashed into the Eastern Iowa Industrial Center in northern Davenport about 1:23 p.m. today.

There is a preliminary report that one person was killed.

Officials at the scene told spectators to not go to their cars because the area near the air show at the Davenport Municipal Airport in Mt. Joy was being cordoned off to let emergency vehicles in and out.

Flights continued soon after the crash, according to witnesses at the scene.

Earlier today, an official at the air show said flights would continue in the rain, but would be suspended if conditions became unsafe. The National Weather Service reported rain in the area, but no storm activity “within 50 miles miles of here all day,” according to meteorologist Brian Pierce at the National Weather Service in the Quad-Cities.

The airshow official earlier today said the Federal Aviation Administration was onsite and was overseeing the situation and making those decisions.

- Times staff


Posted 1:35 p.m.: A plane at the Quad-City Air Show crashed into the Eastern Iowa Industrial Center about 1:23 p.m.

We have reporters and photographers on the scene and will report more when we know it.

- Times staff

(62) comments

SkyHelp

I knew Glenn Smith in college and he was/is one of my all time favorite people. His nickname in college was "Smitty". I remember when he started his company in Dallas, worked really hard, and ended up being a big success. I remember philisophical conversations with him over the years. One that comes to mind now is at least 20 years old. We were talking about death and what was an acceptable number to have lived until. I Remember his answer was 50 because he thought that gave a person enough time to experience life. I think he turned 59 in July so I guess he got some extra years. What I know of him during the last decade is that he loved what he was doing and he chose things that would make the world a better place and also give him an outlet for his adventurous spirit and desire to experience as much of life as possible. Godspeed to my dear Smitty. May your adventures continue wherever you are. You will be missed. I wish I had called you the last time I thought of you. The next time I think of someone I love who's still alive, I will pick up the phone.
Susan H.

grimm

Aviation is a risky endeavor.

However the utter joy of flight is absolutely commensurate with the risk!

Most people tremble when they encounter minor chop in a 737 in level flight. They will never experience weighing almost a ton one moment and levitating in the cockpit the next. Nor will they marvel at the graceful, complex relative movements of aircraft in tight formation.

From what I read this aviator was passionate about what he did. I can respect that.

As far as "what went 'wrong'?" why don't we all wait until the reports are completed?

Trust me, I fully appreciate the grief of the family.

davenportchick

Some NOT ALL of you people amaze and stun me. You all sit and judge and assess a tragedy and argue amongst yourselves about this and that and what should be done, why a seat doesn't eject, why did the show go on today.
Cold hard fact, a person died in a horrific way, period. Had he not gone down in the alfalfa field, many lives could have been lost. The man left behind friends and relatives and spectators who are in shock.
Have some compassion and prayers for his friends and family. Can you?

Bobaloo

Getting away from the merits of having the air show today and the condition of the aircraft in question, I'm just wondering about what must have been going through the pilot's mind in those final seconds ... when he knows he's going to crash and probably die. And then the instant that the crash occurred and what he felt, what he thought in that brief instant between life and death ... this is the incredibly chilling thought in my mind. Certainly, my condolances to his family and friends, and everyone whose lives he touched.

QC Native now in GA

David Mills, the owner of Mills Chevrolet of Moline is a pilot with the Hopper Group, that put on the flying demonstration with the L-39's. I sure hope it was not him that was killed yesterday.

Yardbird

This is the third crash and death in the history of this show. The first was when the wing detached during the air races, The second was the AV8B Harrier Jump jet.

The airshow does little but line the pockets of the Hopper family and generate lots of noise and traffic congestion for the residents. Some of us are just not impressed at all and would just rather it went away for good.

Grouchy Old Fart

I've read all of the posts here and this is the first one that is right on ALL accounts. They should rename this to the Hopper Family Fund Raiser, because that is this event is about. This is only a non-profit event on paper, but in reality Ken and Margie Hopper haul in the majority of the money.

I remember the press conference after the first fatal accident, when Ken was asked about the accident all he stated was their insurance would cover it. No care or concern for anything but the bottom dollar. Of course what do you expect from an accountant.

lkirik
lkirik

Let's get one thing straight. The Hoppers Flying group is in NO way affiliated with the Ken Hopper who runs the air shows. It's a coincidence that the person and group share the same name. The Hoppers Flight Demonstration Team volunteer at air shows across the country. Just wanted to make sure this is known so people don't get confused.

Jack S

I was wondering about that .......thanks Ikirik

megpy7

You are 100% wrong. My dad happens to be a Hopper and they VOLUNTEER their time to fly. This happens to be right on ALL accounts. Grouch.

thelastoftherationals

Oh yes, of course, condolences to the family.

However, we need to protect people from tragedy. This does need to be investigated - how are we certain that the aircraft had a recent inspection? Are we certain that the Air Show bears no responsibility?

I am appalled that the Air Show is continuing today. All for entertainment, but should we all sit around cheering something that brought a death one day before?

everyone has an opinion

Of course the show goes on, when a plane crashes from an airport, does the airport shut down? When cars crash during NASCAR, does the race stop? Thats just how it is. It said, but the world goes on.

Klaatu
Klaatu

They aren't cheering the death. Yeah, we are sure the air show bears no responsibility. The air show does NOT do the inspections of aircraft. That is the FAA that oversees that. It is very clear from the video that they were just doing a standard maneuver. I would like to know whether you are one of those that was trying to kill the air show during the argument about the rent they pay to the airport.

thelastoftherationals

Please retread the post. It does not state that they are cheering the death. It states that they are cheering something that caused a death.

If you are certain the Air Show bears no responsibility, then you have inside information I would encourage you not to be sharing in a public forum such as this.

Lastly, I have no idea what you are referencing with the rent issue. That does not matter to me. What does matter is the safety of our Quad City residents, the Air Show spectators, and the participants in the Air Show. Clearly someone missed something or failed in their responsibilities and they should be held accountable.

dahat001
dahat001

The pilot didn't eject because the "ejection seats" are disabled when a former military aircraft is "civilianized". To "matterofopinion": Everyday while you are home there are literally hundreds of aircraft that are flying overhead that could potentially malfunction and come crashing through your roof. It could happen to me, it could happen to your neighbor. You aren't alarmed by this because you don't see them or hear them. People are fascinated by aircraft and go to airshows to see and hear them "up close". Airshows are highly planned events, safety procedures are in place, the FAA is (and was) present to monitor the show. Aircraft do not fly directly over or towards a crowd.Hate to burst your concept of utopia "matter..." but this is reality. Sleep tight tonight!

Grouchy Old Fart

No offense your entire post is absolute nonsense. First HOT ejection seats are allowed in civilian aircraft including former military aircraft. The FAA only requires that it pass inspection based on the manufacturers requirement. Military aircraft are stripped of all ordinance when sold, which includes the ejection seat due to the explosives contained in the seat. The new owner can easily obtain a HOT seat and put it in.

As for planes crashing through a persons roof... I don't see any of the literally hundreds of aircraft flying overhead below 500 feet. This incident, tragic as it was, could have been much worse had he hit a residential area. Blue Angel #6 did just that a few years ago in S.C. and luckily no one on the ground was injured. And I have to laugh at the "they don't bother you because you don't see or hear them", no joke Sherlock... most are over 20K feet in the air, not buzzing my roof.

The FAA is present because of airspace waivers that are required for the air show. And air shows themselves are not all that well planned out. I'm not sure what safety procedures you are referring to. Fire and rescue are on hand in case of an accident and they are trained. Pilots have their own routines if in the air during an accident.

Telephone

Interesting points on both sides of the argument in this commentary section.

The airshow has been a staple of the area for a very long time, it brings a lot of business to the community as well as entertainment. Most of the public endorses the Air Show and are involved with either contributing to the festivities or attending the festivities. I like the point one of the posters made about what the victim would want. Would he want the airshow to be discontinued because of this? i would assume not, and i would assume he was doing something he had passion for.

On the other hand, the idea of a plane crashing at high speeds into public areas is a terrifying thought. I think its a stretch comparing these jets to commercial airlines, but that's my opinion, doesn't mean I'm 100% "right". I understand what BBBAAA is trying to say, but just because some people posted what their opinions on this website hardly has anything to do with the country as a whole, and the degree of "Softness". Fear is a huge motivator in the behavior of prevention. It would make sense that someone who doesn't understand airplanes and aero-technology (not sure if thats a word or not) could want this annual festivity to be shutdown because of this event. It doesn't change the fact that this isn't a political matter, it was an terrible accident. As Judge Judy would say it wasn't an "on-purpose". I agree with BBBAAA that it would be a slippery slope, Zoo animals could potentially injure their caretakers, so do we shut down zoos? The CDC in Atlanta has some of the most terrible viruses and agents known to man so do we not study these? Everyday we are on the streets with people driving cars, and i bet the statistics from vehicular death are much higher than deaths from plane, or even more specific jet crashes. Its a slippery slope, but i can understand why one would feel this way because even tho the probability is low it could be themselves , spouse, family member, etc.

Its tragic, but I think it its a beautiful display of human ingenuity and technology and most of all, the people want to see it.

That being said, my thoughts are with the family and i hope they find peace with the situation.

PS. I don't like the airshow, its so loud!

bbbaaa

Wow this country is getting softer by the minute. I can not believe some of the garbage that people are saying. It is a sad day for his family and the ones who had to witness it, but I am sure he was doing something that he loved. Get rid of air shows? Get out of here with that BS non sense talk. There are strict rules for the pilots who perform in air shows. First off, they DO NOT! perform stunts over the crowd, they do it over the runway. The crowd is pushed back away from the runway. Will they fly over the crowd? ONE jet will fly over from behind, not performing any stunts. They do that move to show how they can sneak up on the enemy. Have the air show out in the country? How more country can you get than Mt. Joy? When they fly over the city, they are not performing stunts, they are simply flying in formation. Once they get to the location where they are authorized to perform the stunt, then they execute. Should all commercial jets and prop planes be banned from flying over any large populated area, because someone is scared that it will crash on their house? Only if you knew how many jets, commercial and military have actually flown over your head in your life time and not knowing it. Please do the world a favor and stop breeding.

The Link below is to the crash caught on tape. What how they do not fly over the crowd, and notice how far away from the crowd it was. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XjY6RIe-S5E

bbbaaa

Wow this country is getting softer by the minute. I can not believe some of the garbage that people are saying. It is a sad day for his family and the ones who had to witness it, but I am sure he was doing something that he loved. Get rid of air shows? Get out of here with that BS non sense talk. There are strict rules for the pilots who perform in air shows. First off, they DO NOT! perform stunts over the crowd, they do it over the runway. The crowd is pushed back away from the runway. Will they fly over the crowd? ONE jet will fly over from behind, not performing any stunts. They do this move to show how they can sneak up on the enemy. Have the air show out in the country? How more country can you get than Mt. Joy? When they fly over the city, they are not performing stunts, they are simply flying in formation. Once they get to a designated location where they are authorized to perform the stunt, then they execute the move. Let me ask you this, should all commercial jets and prop planes be banned from flying over any large populated area, because someone is scared that it will crash into their house? Common sense people. Only if you knew how many jets, commercial and military have actually flown over your head in your life time, and you not knowing it. Please do the world a favor and stop breeding.
This links shows the crash. Notice how they do not fly over the crowd and how far away from the crowd they are when he goes down. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XjY6RIe-S5E

Klaatu
Klaatu

It is reckless and libelous to be insinuating the pilot was being careless at the direction of the promoter. The maneuver they were doing was standard in their shows and standard in just about every demonstration team. There was either a mechanical problem or the pilot had a sudden health problem. Are we going to be so risk averse that we ban every kind of entertainment that poses a risk? Air shows are exceptionally safe. More people die driving back and forth to the events than die during them. Grow a pair and live a little. Are you going to walk around in a foam cocoon to try and prevent every possible injury?

iowalittledog

Last thing, why is it every time something bad happens all I hear or see is LET'S PRAY FOR THEM, Yet we can't pray in school?

giggles

"Yet we can't pray in school" that littledog is a lie. Kids can and do pray in schools all of the time. The only thing is the schools can't tell kids when to pray, where to prey, who to pray to, and what to pray for.

Santony25

Giggles not true! If a child is praying in school and a teacher or staff/faculty sees or hears it then that student is sent to the principals office and parents are called. I said "Jesus Christ" when I couldn't find my children at the school,they scared me when I found them. I got called into the principals office. I was at a school function last week and I heard,seen a school board member say the same exact words.......he didn't get in trouble.

I was told those words offend certain students/parents.

I could go on and on and on!

iowalittledog

REAL TALK weather you like this comment or not we all know it's just a matter of time till someone other than a pilot gets killed, if not here in QC then it will be someplace else. For sure people had to expect this one day! What would have been the outcome had the plane
come down on people? I will respect the dead, but the truth needed to be told. Letting planes fly over people and doing tricks at such high speeds was bound to cause an accident one day!

matterofopinion

I agree. Though I know flying planes or any dangerous stunts for entertainment carries a risk. But when you're flying over homes and people at high speeds and low levels and going up and down or upside down is very dangerous. Think this should be done elsewhere - over water, out in the country where there's no homes or no people to be injured. The plane that crashed today was too close for comfort for me. And it happened right by public places, could of crashed into a farm house or a building out there in Industrial Park. Scary. And goes to show it could happen one day. And is that what it's going to take - a devastating crash into a residential neighborhood or a plane crashing into a business say Flying J's and killing hundreds if not thousands of people? One thing to have a choice to go and sit right underneath the planes and watch them for entertainment and another having to live with it. Every year I hold my breath every time they fly over my house and my home shakes and windows rattle, very frightening. Thoughts and prayers are with the pilot's family.

thelastoftherationals

Well said - often the response is "if you don't like it, you don't have to participate". So what happens if I am minding my own business buying gas at the Flying J?

PainfullTruth

You're right. We should stop planes flying, cars driving, bicycles riding, skateboards skating so that nobody else gets hurt....

Just so YOU feel safe of course.

Here is a hint. You are NOT safe. Safe is a relative term based on your feelings of any situation at the given time. Everyone is different, but it is "safe" to say that you need more padding then most of the other people to make you feel safe and cozy.

thelastoftherationals

Banning bicycles and skateboards is a bit extreme, don't you think?

PainfullTruth

Maybe... But when you have ignorant comments like 'iowalittledog' posts telling a Pilot that he shouldn't fly because someone might get hurt, what do you expect? How many deaths a year from driving while texting? Do you REALLY need to text that bad?

barkley

This is very sad, condolences to the family. I hope they have a tribute to him at the air show tomorrow. It would be a nice way to honor/memorialize him.

grimm

aviation is fraught with risk.

Those who can't fly are unable to understand ....

ARentfro

THIS IS VERY RUDE.THIS IS NOT JUST PEOPLE WATCHING THIS IS THE FAMILY OF THE PILOT!!! HAVE A LITTLE RESPECT AND TAKE IT DOWN

Hereandhere

Yes, let's outlaw race car driving, sky diving, and skiing while we're at it. More have died in those sports this year than demonstration flying.

How come
How come

Really?

Shall we outlaw automobile racing of all kinds too .... 'cause something might happen? Of course, no one is ever injured or killed at those events or others like it.

It's called free will folks.

Outlaw circuses too since someone might fall off the high wire.

Geesh!

Santony25

We risk it when we get in our cars everyday and drive.

thelastoftherationals

All valid points worthy of consideration as we should do all that we can to protect ourselves and others.

thelastoftherationals

This is terrible. We need to stop this type of exhibition for the pure entertainment of people. The Quad City Air Show should be shut down and investigated to determine if they encouraged reckless behavior by this pilot.

wonders

While this is sad and a tragedy, all of us pilots know that when we get in the cockpit there is always that chance of an accident. It something we are willing to risk for the joy of something we love to do. All pilots as pilot of command in their aircraft make the final determination if we choose to fly for any reason and if our aircraft is airworthy before every flight. There is very strict protocol for prefilght and walkaround we follow.

I have no doubt this accomplished pilot made every effort to ensure his plane was ready for flight today. The NTSB and FAA will make the final determination on the sequence of events to this accident and if any revisions should be made in the future.

ARentfro

thelastoftherationals wHAT DO YOU MEAN NO ONE ENCOURAGED THIS AND I WAS THERE AT THE AIRSHOW AND THE THREE JETS THAT WAS THERE 2ND TIME FLYING IN THE SHOW TODAY YOU HAVE SOME NERVE TO COME ON HERE SAYING THAT THEY SHOULD BE SHUT DOWN.dO YOU THINK THE FINE MAN/WOMEN THAT WAS INVOLVED IN THIS TRAGEDY WOULD WANT THAT THEY WERE THERE TO HAVE FUN AND A HORRIBLE ACCIDENT HAPPENED...RIP WE THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR HAVE DONE AND IN MY EYES YOU ALL ARE HEROS

thelastoftherationals

I don't read posts in all caps.

ARentfro

wHAT DO YOU MEAN NO ONE ENCOURAGED THIS AND I WAS THERE AT THE AIRSHOW AND THE THREE JETS THAT WAS THERE 2ND TIME FLYING IN THE SHOW TODAY YOU HAVE SOME NERVE TO COME ON HERE SAYING THAT THEY SHOULD BE SHUT DOWN.dO YOU THINK THE FINE MAN/WOMEN THAT WAS INVOLVED IN THIS TRAGEDY WOULD WANT THAT THEY WERE THERE TO HAVE FUN AND A HORRIBLE ACCIDENT HAPPENED...RIP WE THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR HAVE DONE AND IN MY EYES YOU ALL ARE HEROS

JMHO

Hey ARentfro,

Please TURN OFF THE CAPS!!! This is the equivalent of yelling! It also makes you appear "less than intelligent" insinuating that you cannot use proper punctuation, capitalization, etc. Thank you....

Such a terrible tragedy. My sincere condolences to his family. My husband said, that an AV-8B Harrier jet cashed there in the early nineties, and the pilot was killed. Hopefully this doesn’t cause the air show to be discontinued, because it is such a great show. We were at the Reno air races last year when they had that horrific crash, and now, I think that it is in jeopardy of being discontinued, hopefully they don’t.

Santony25

I remember that, I was there!

jedjes

My son was at the airshow years ago when a wing came off a plane when they had air races as part of the air show in Mt. Joy. The pilot was killed then too. Sad.

Santony25

Tragic and said. ((hugs)) To the family.

I was going to take my boys this weekend.... I'm thinking I shouldn't ever take them now. It would be hard to explain this if they had seen it...

JakeHess
JakeHess

My mom was working the Airshow this year. I know it is something that will never leave her. My moms Twin was also working another tent, where the pilots wife was sitting. It's so sad. I hope the family can find the strength to deal with this tragedy. You are our the family's prayers.

IowanInNevada

The Assistant Police Chief says "We're in great shape"!! In a tragedy like this nobody is in "great shape". What a doofus!!

Santony25

I was thinking the same thing

the magic person
the magic person

this is very sad and they should cheek the saftey things like ejecter seat and things like that you know. god Bless for him/her and prey for him/her's family members
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ARentfro

SADLY I THINK IT WAS DISABLED THAT IS WHAT A OFFICIAL SAID AT THE AIRPORT

ARentfro

SADLY I WAS TOLD BY THE AIRSHOW OFFICALS THAT THE EJECTOR SEAT DISABLED

carrie

How sad. I witnessed a plane crash a few yrs back at the Dayton airshow. It is something that never leaves you. My heart breaks for him and his family. :(

the magic person
the magic person

thats very sad and tragic lets all prey for him.

budnight

And that's the end of the quad city air show.

Six_String
Six_String

Terrible tradgedy, but it doesn't in any way mean the end of the air show. An A-10 crashed a number of years ago and killed the pilot. I've been to quite a few of them since then...

PainfullTruth

Let's hope not. The QCAS has been such a big event for the QC Area for years. Until the FAA does their investigation and determines what was the cause for the crash, let's be respectful to the pilot, the event, the fans and the promoter. The FAA was at the event the entire day and made the decision to allow the event to continue.

Top10

So tragic, my thoughts are with the pilot and his loved ones. God Bless! Just so very sad :(

MrGadfly

Very sad....

Orpheus

It's an L-39 Albatross. Old training jets from the Eastern Bloc. Too bad. Looks like it hit a field near the center.

QCGirl27

I heard the pilot was unable to eject and has passed. =( Very sad.

bdorf_simon
bdorf_simon

I was hoping the pilot ejected in time, but from what I've heard from people that are there, he didn't.

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