Plane crashes at air show in West Virginia
September 17th, 2011
03:32 PM ET

Plane crashes at air show in West Virginia

A single-engine airplane crashed Saturday at an air show in Martinsburg, West Virginia, a spokesman there  said.

The T-28 military training aircraft crashed at the Thunder over the Blue Ridge air show, Lt. Nate Muellerof the 167th Airlift Wing said.  He had no information on the circumstances of the crash or on injuries.

The aircraft was part of the Trojan Horsemen aircraft demo team, according to The Journal of Martinsburg.

The crash occurred during a stunt in which two T-28s were flying belly-to-belly, according to The Journal. The plane crashed in a fireball in front of hangars, The Journal reported.

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  1. The Dude

    Ok...so enough with the stupid air shows? A total waste of resources and unnecessary.

    September 17, 2011 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • GDP

      I agree about how unnecessary it is. While we're at it, let's cancel football, too. Last year, several young men got seriously injured, some with severe spinal cord injuries. While we're at it, let's cancel baseball, basketball, and all other professional sports since they also waste resources (electricity to light the behemoth stadiums, money to buy tickets, etc.) and are completely unnecessary. What else could we stop? Movies! They are unnecessary. Cars! they waste resources, and we could get by with bikes and horses. The point is, as long as people are willing to pay for these air shows and as long as they are not tax-payer funded, they should keep them going. Just go to the air show with the understanding that something bad, although highly unlikely, could happen.

      September 17, 2011 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • WVmom

      Actually, "The Dude," last year the MArtinsburg airshow earned $100,000 for the United Way. It is great to take the children to see the airplanes similar to that their grandparents and great uncles used to fly. To see a piece of history somewhere besides on TV. Oh....or maybe I should just let them inside and play video games all day. I agree with (not so) Crazy – if we ban everything that has some risk factor, we will not be able to leave the house.

      September 17, 2011 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry

      The same could be said for NASCAR races, baseball, football, basketball and hockey. Which do you like?

      September 17, 2011 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Judy

      Who died and left you in charge?

      September 17, 2011 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Russell

    When one famous person dies, 2 follows. We just had Reno, NV crash now WVA where else? I am staying away from air shows

    September 17, 2011 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • What?

      What famous people?

      September 17, 2011 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Crazy

    People who think we need to ban air shows because people die are idiots, plain and simple. What's next no more vehicles on the road because of crashes and fatalities? Maybe we should NERF the world to make sure no one ever gets hurt again. Just plain ridiculous, things happen and people need to get it through their head that not every accident can be prevented no matter how hard we try and no matter what we ban.

    September 17, 2011 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Allen

      Dozens of people have died this year due to dog bites. We need to ban pet dogs in the US.

      September 17, 2011 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Reclamations

      "NERF THE WHOLE WORLD" <- BEST EVER!!!!!!! Nice job Crazy.

      September 17, 2011 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Ct

    Well, i guess the LIberals will take that away from us now.

    September 17, 2011 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • garc

      People like you say stuff like this all the time, but when pinned down to it–what EXACTLY have "The Liberals" (and Obama is not one, by the way) "taken away" from you?

      September 17, 2011 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Youngj06

      Don't worry garc, Ct is an idiot. That's why there was no response!

      September 17, 2011 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
  5. gung hoe

    This is america yepper but myself I Dont have a morbid attraction to go and watch a plane crash ,or as what happened in michigan this summer when a wing walker fell to his death

    September 17, 2011 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sunshine 100

      Car races? Horse races? Free-style wall/mountain climbing? Olympics? Crossing the street? Sad how soft and spineless so many Americans have become. Life = risk and adventures. Move on.

      September 17, 2011 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Sheik_Ya_Booti

    As far as I'm concerned, anything that has the potential to reduce the REDNECK population is a GOOD IDEA.

    September 17, 2011 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • are_u_redneck

      Hang on a minute. It wasn't the rednecks that put Obama in office & screwed up our economy and much more!

      September 17, 2011 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
  7. curzen

    terrrists!

    September 17, 2011 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
  8. jimzcarz

    Godspeed

    September 17, 2011 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Keneth

    That was not funny.

    September 17, 2011 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
  10. micro62

    This is Bush's fault....lol

    September 17, 2011 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
  11. gung hoe

    My condolences goes out to the pilots family ,also to all who may have wittnessed the crash and will have it etched in their memories forever

    September 17, 2011 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
  12. nissrro

    obamas fault

    September 17, 2011 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Judy

    How said you have no respect for the people who were elected by the citizens of the US.

    September 17, 2011 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
  14. BUDMAN

    Sheik_Ya_Booti ANYTHing THAT CAN REDUCE UR RACE IS A PLUS IN MY BOOK.... IF IT WASNT FOR REDNECKS UD HAVE TO FIGHT OVERSEAS..... YA UD HAVE TO GET OFF UR FAT CHICKEN EATING ASS AND DO SOMETHING OTHER THAN POST UR SENSELESSS COMMENTS.... THIS IS AMERICA WE DO AS WE WISH. U DONT LIKE IT GO BACK TO THE SAND LAND AND AWAIT MRE'S... (thats meals ready to eat cause i know ur not smart enough to understand)

    September 17, 2011 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • wilson

      Wow, you're kind of a red-necked racist aren't cha? I empathize though... you're probably just an offspring of hill-billy inbreeding and can't help your outdated cultural thinking.

      September 17, 2011 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • are_u_redneck

      You go BUDMAN & tell them the way it is!!! As for "Wilson", pay attention to budman and learn something. What he said is not outdated thinking at all. As a matter of fact you need to learn just who the heck built this country, protected & defended it and who is trying to destroy it. If you ever wake up & learn that, it might be a good idea to offer BUDMAN an apology.

      September 17, 2011 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Mmmmm

    Well at least he went out belly-to-belly bliss...riding a Trojan.

    September 17, 2011 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
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