Travis Air Force Base said.A pilot killed in a plane crash while performing in an air show at Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield this afternoon has been identified as a 77-year-old Half Moon Bay man, Col. David Mott of
"Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Mr. Eddie
Andreini," Mott told reporters at a news conference at the military base this
"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
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
Pilots of both civilian and military aircraft had been performing
various aerial maneuvers before a crowd of people when the crash occurred,
base spokeswoman Rachel Martinez said.
According to base public affairs representatives, about 85,000
people attended the air show on Saturday. Mott said just as many people, if
not more, were believed to have been at today's show.
The deadly crash prompted the air force base to shut down and
cancel the remainder of the show, which was scheduled to end at 5:30 p.m.
Mott said winds at the time of crash measured at about 10 to 15
nautical miles, and that he didn't know whether wind played a role in the
The National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the
crash, he said.
Fairfield police temporarily shut down eastbound lanes of Air Base
Parkway at Peabody Road to provide traffic control in the area.
intersection has since reopened.
The "Thunder Over Solano" air show last took place at the military
base three years ago, Martinez said.
Base officials are requesting any photos or video footage of the
crash taken by people at the air show to assist with the investigation.
Anyone with images of the accident is asked to call (707) 424-2000
for further instructions.
-- Bay City News