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Tiger Moth Veers into Crowd at German Air Show

Tiger Moth crash

September 9, 2010 — The pilot of a Tiger Moth biplane lost control on takeoff during an air show in southern Germany and veered into the crowd killing a female spectator and injuring 38 others, according to police. The 68-year-old pilot was uninjured. The accident occurred at Lilinghof airfield near Nuremberg according to the German website Sueddeutsche.de. The small-scale show was to include aerobatic performances, sky divers, and helicopter tours and feature a Russian-built Antonov An-2 biplane.

The aircraft crashed through a metal barrier as it headed for the crowd. “He was more than 1 or 2 feet in the air,” reported eyewitness Larry Cassel. The air show in Lilinghof has been held since 1969 without incident, save for a leg injury to a sky diver, according to organizers.

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