An experienced Calgary pilot was killed after his plane crashed Sunday at the Cold Lake Air Show, Canada.
Bruce Evans appeared to be attempting to perform a loop in his T-28 Trojan when he crashed. He was seen flying low to the ground, almost vertical, attempting to pull up.
His plane disappeared behind some buildings. A loud bang was heard and a plume of dirt and debris rose over the crash site. While no flames were visible, crews were seen pouring water on the crash site.
The Trojan is a propeller driven aircraft that was used to train pilots in the 1950s and 1960s.
Evans was a professional geologist who was involved in resource exploration throughout the Americas, Europe and Africa. He held an airline transport pilot license, a T-28 endorsement and a low-level acrobatic clearance to 250 feet. Evans had more than 4,100 hours of flight experience.
As soon as the plane hit the ground, first responders rushed to the airfield. A search and rescue helicopter landed near the collision.
The crash occurred midway through the second afternoon of performances. The remainder of the show was cancelled.
"4 Wing and CFB Cold Lake and the Cold Lake Air Show express our condolences to the family, friends and loved ones of Mr. Evans," military spokesman Capt. Mat Strong said in an email.
An investigation has been launched to confirm the cause of the crash of a T-28 Trojan aircraft at the Cold Lake Air Show.