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Pilot Dies in Plane Crash During UK Motoring Festival

© AP Photo / Rui VieiraPolice stand by a closed road near the scene of a light plane crash, at Oulton Park, in Cheshire, England
Police stand by a closed road near the scene of a light plane crash, at Oulton Park, in Cheshire, England - Sputnik International
A fighter plane crashed during an aerial show in the UK, killing its pilot.

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MOSCOW (Sputnik) — A pilot was killed when a fighter aircraft crashed during an aerial show in the United Kingdom, the organizer of the event told reporters Saturday.

"There was a tragic accident, the result of which was that one of the pilots involved in a synchro display lost his life. Our condolences go out to his family, who have been informed," Chris Evans, the British radio and TV presenter was quoted as saying by The Guardian.

A Gnat private display team jet was performing a display routine when it went into a steep dive and crashed. According to preliminary data, a fighter pilot lost control of the vehicle, the newspaper reported.

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The CarFest event, during which the tragedy occurred, began on Friday and is due to continue until Sunday. Following the incident, the organizers decided not to interrupt the festival, Evans added.

"We do not believe that any other person has been harmed in the incident. We are working very closely with the police, emergency services and all relevant authorities. We have helpfully received images and footage captured by those close to the site, which will aid with the police investigation," the CarFest said in a statement.

Evans stressed that a more detailed and comprehensive statement would be issued later.

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