Two killed in aerobatics crash

14th June 2004, Comments 0 comments

14 June 2004, LAS PALMAS - Two men were killed in Gran Canaria when the aerobatics plane they were flying crashed, it was reported Monday.

14 June 2004

LAS PALMAS - Two men were killed in Gran Canaria when the aerobatics plane they were flying crashed, it was reported Monday.

The two victims, a Spaniard and a German, were participating in a model airplane enthusiasts' convention in this city, organiser Jaime Roura told EFE.

The pilot was named as Ulrich Cop, a German, and the co-pilot was Juan Ruiz Tejera.

The accident occurred around 1.30pm during an air show in Tamaraceite, a few miles from the island's capital of Las Palmas.

The Soviet-made aerobatics plane, which was reportedly in good condition, brushed the ground as it was performing a somersault, lost control and crashed, Roura said.

The engine and a wing broke off on impact, landing several yards from the plane.

Horrified onlookers watched as the plane crashed, Roura said.

Several Spanish air force F-18 fighters and civilian airplanes were also scheduled to participate in the event.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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