Fatal Travis Air Show Crash 2014
TRAVIS AFB, Calif. -- A pilot killed in a plane crash while performing in an air show at Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield Sunday afternoon has been identified as a 77-year-old Half Moon Bay man, Col. David Mott of Travis Air Force Base said. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Mr. Eddie Andreini," Mott told reporters at a news conference at the military base Sunday evening. "Mr. Andreini had been flying since he was 16 years old and performing in air shows for the last 25 years," he said. The veteran pilot was performing an "acrobatic aerial maneuver" in his open-cockpit Stearman biplane around 2:05 p.m. during the Travis Air Force Base Thunder Over Solano air show when the plane crashed, according to Mott. The colonel said the plane was upside down and "fairly close to the ground" when it crashed and burned. Travis Air Force Base fire crews responded and pronounced Andreini dead at the scene. The crash occurred far away from the tens of thousands of people in attendance at the air show, and no spectators were injured, according to base officials. Footage courtesy of John Lathrop.