Airshow Crash Reported In Dayton, Ohio Airshow
ANN REALTIME UPDATE
07.28.07 1650 EDT: Damn... The Associated Press reports
airshow pilot Jim Leroy died en route to Miami Valley Hospital
Saturday afternoon, following an accident during his routine at the
Vectren Dayton Airshow.
Hospital spokeswoman Cheryl Page confirmed the news.
Reports from the scene indicate Leroy's modified "Bulldog" Pitts
biplane impacted the runway in a flat attitude at the bottom of a
loop, during a performance of the two-ship "Code Name Mary's Lamb"
An aircraft performing in the Vectren Dayton Airshow went down,
impacting the runway, Saturday afternoon. Dayton Daily News reports
that Jim Leroy, a pilot in the two-airplane act "Code Name Mary's
Lamb," has been taken to the hospital following the crash.
The Pitts aircraft dove toward the ground when the two aerobatic
planes were performing loops and rolls during their routine.
DDN reports black smoke and flames could be seen from across the
field at the Dayton International Airport. After the stunned crowd
fell silent, the airshow's announcer requested that anyone with
video footage of the incident make the information available to the
NTSB. The condition of Jim Leroy, who was airlifted to Miami Valley
Hospital, is still unknown.
Jim Leroy awed air show crowds in his
"Bulldog" Pitts biplane, in high-energy routines from coast
to coast. Leroy, a former marine scout sniper, toured the country
in a motor home between air shows, hauling his airplane on a
trailer. Leroy-- the 2002 Art Scholl Showmanship Award and the 2003
Bill Barber Award for Showmanship -- was one of 11 performers
to receive both honors.
Leroy held Airframe and Powerplant
mechanic certifications, as well as commercial pilot, multi-engine
and instructor ratings in helicopters and aircraft. He held a
bachelor's degree in Aeronautical Engineering, and was an
Aerobatic Competency Evaulator with the International Council of
Leroy was the last surviving pilot of the
"Masters of Disaster," an airshow act that combined three
performers, two jet trucks and pyrotechnics.
The two airplane act was the last to perform before the USAF
Thunderbirds were to fly. The remainder of events scheduled for
today have been cancelled.