At an air show this weekend in Davenport, Iowa, a tragic stunt gone wrong cost a pilot his life. After losing control of his Soviet Cold War era jet, it crashed down into a nearby field. The enormous fireball and explosions could only signify one result for the man on-board.
In tight formation, three fighter jets seemed to be following the rehearsed routine at the Quad-City Air Show this past Sunday. Not long into the flight, one of the jets seemed to be malfunctioning. A spectator video captured the jets going into a complex maneuver, weaving by each other just inches apart before diving straight toward the ground.
“He went down into the ground and burst into flames… I was instantly in tears because I knew more than likely he didn’t survive,” a witness explained to ABC News.
For an unknown reason, the pilot’s name has not yet been released to the public.
Don Schaeffer, Assistant Davenport Police Chief told the Associated Press that the pilot “never had an opportunity to come out of it.”
The remnants of the Soviet L-39 jet were found in a field nearby the air show.