Pilot Killed When Small Plane Crashes During Culpeper Air Fest

The plane was flying as part of an "aerobatic act"

A small plane crashed in Culpeper, Virginia, Friday night during an air show, killing the pilot, authorities said.

Virginia State Police said the plane crashed just after 8 p.m. near the Culpeper Regional Airport.

The plane was doing an "aerobatic act" as part of the Culpeper Air Fest, organizers said in a statement.

The pilot, Jon S. Thocker of Cincinnati, Ohio, didn't survive. He was the only person inside the plane.

State police said no one on the ground was injured.

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the cause of the crash.

Organizers said the educational part of the Culpeper Air Fest would go on as planned on Saturday morning and they would make decisions about the airshow as they got more details about the investigation.

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