FAIRFIELD -- A civilian airplane crashed onto the tarmac at Travis Air Force Base during an air show Sunday afternoon.
The pilot of the PT-17 biplane was killed in the crash. He has been identified by officials at Travis as Eddie Andreini, age 77, of Half Moon Bay. He had been performing at the air show for at least 25 years.
The base posted online that the Travis Air Expo "has been cancelled due to the aircraft crash of an aerial performer."
It later issued a statement saying: "While performing an acrobatic aerial maneuver a civilian performer's aircraft crashed at approximately 2:05 p.m.'' PT at the base in northern California.
A later statement from the base said:
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Eddie Andreini. Our Travis team responded to this tragic incident to ensure the safety of everyone on the installation.
Security Forces are requesting any video or photos of the accident taken by individuals at the air show to assist with the investigation. Call 424-2000 for further instructions.
Travis responders secured the investigation site area and are preparing for National Transportation Safety Board investigation.