Pilot in W. Virginia Crash Identified

Sunday, Sep 18, 2011  |  Updated 5:09 PM EDT
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Crash at Martinsburg Air Show

Derrick Sterling

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Crash at Martinsburg Air Show

The pilot of a propeller-driven plane died during an aerial acrobatic performance on Saturday.
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Governor Earl Ray Tomblin of West Virginia issued a release on Sunday afternoon naming the pilot killed at the Martinsburg air show.

"I was deeply saddened to learn of the accident that occurred during the Thunder Over the Blue Ridge Air Show which took the life of pilot, John "Flash" Mangan of Concord, N.C.," Mangan said in a statement.  "On behalf of the state of West Virginia and joining with Adjutant General James Hoyer, Joanne and I offer our deepest sympathy to Mr. Mangan's family and friends for their loss."

Mangan's T-28 aircraft crashed during an aerial acrobatic performance before a crowd of spectators at Shepherd Field in Martinsburg.

The aircraft was part of the Warbird Aerobatic Demonstration Team, which performs around the country.  The fixed-wing was built in 1958, according to the FAA registry.

The accident in Martinsburg comes one day after a plane crash at a Reno air race killed at least 9 and injured many more.

The incident is under investigation by federal and local authorities.

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