A light aircraft plunged to the ground during a flight show in Shijiazhuang, capital of north China’s Hebei Province, yesterday, killing all four people on board.
A witness said the plane suddenly fell out of the sky and hit the ground, causing billows of black smoke.The LE-500 model plane was produced by AVIC Industry Corp of China. A pilot and three customers were on board when the accident happened at 4 pm. Another witness reportedly said the involved plane was for visitors to experience and it was seen swinging for a while after taking off, adding that the plane fell out of the sky and hit a cornfield about three minutes later.
Firefighters, police and medics were on the scene immediately and evacuated the public. The cause of the crash is under investigation.
The show which began on Tuesday is due to end today. More than 50 general aviation manufacturers and operators brought around 150 aircraft to the event, which was sponsored by the AVIC flight club. The show has been an annual gala for flight fans, featuring stunt flights and music performances.