A pilot flying in formation with two other retired military jets failed to come out of a 45-degree bank during a Quad-City Air Show performance, crashing Saturday afternoon into a field just north of Interstate 80.
The pilot, part of the Hoppers Flight Jet Team, died in the crash about 1:25 p.m.
The impact sent a huge fireball into the sky just southwest of the Davenport Municipal Airport, where thousands of spectators were watching the annual air show.
Davenport Assistant Police Chief Don Schaeffer told reporters the plane went directly into the ground.
“He never had an opportunity to come out of it,” Schaeffer added.
No one on the ground was injured.
Schaeffer said the Davenport Police Department was the lead agency investigating the crash Saturday afternoon. Federal Aviation Administration, or FAA, officials, who were stationed at the air show, were also at the crash scene in the Eastern Iowa Industrial Center off Northwest Boulevard.
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