Tech Entrepreneur Dies in Plane Crash at Quad-City Air Show
Yesterday in Davenport, Iowa entrepreneur “Skids” Smith of Frisco, Texas flew his plane into the ground after failing to come out of a 45 degree bank, according to media reports.
The pilot was flying in formation with three pilots of the Hoppers Jet Team. He died when his plane flew into the ground after one in the afternoon at the Iowa Quad-City Air Show.
Attendees at the air show watched as the plane flew directly into the ground and exploded on impact sendng plumes of fire into the air. The pilot died on impact. The story was reported Saturday by the Quad-City Times.
“Ladies and gentlemen, please keep your seats,” an announcer can be heard saying on the video obtained by CNN affiliate KWQC.
“We have training and personnel on board to handle these situations.”
Assistant Davenport Police Chief Don Schaeffer estimated parts of the plane were strewn over an area up to 220 yards, or a tenth of a mile.
“There are literally hundreds of pieces of debris scattered across the field,” he said. “We want to collect and catalog each piece so that if the FAA or some other investigating body wants to rebuild the plane, they can do it.”
The plane being flown by pilot Glenn A. Smith, was a training jet from the Soviet era.
It was a single-engine turbo-jet owned by the Warbird Education Foundation which was built in 1984. The pilot was the director of the Warbird Foundation.
The plane was developed in Czechoslovakia.