Two killed in aerobatics crash
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.
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Subject: Spanish news