Pilot of WWII-plane killed in crash at Pennsylvania airport

Pennsylvania
The GEICO Skytypers Air Show Team fly T-6 Texan planes over Atlantic City, N.J., during a media tour and flight on Monday, Aug. 16, 2021. A GEICO Skytypers plane that was due to take part in an upcoming air show crashed shortly after takeoff, Friday, Aug. 20, 201, at the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport in eastern Pennsylvania, killing the pilot.

The GEICO Skytypers Air Show Team fly T-6 Texan planes over Atlantic City, N.J., during a media tour and flight on Monday, Aug. 16, 2021. A GEICO Skytypers plane that was due to take part in an upcoming air show crashed shortly after takeoff, Friday, Aug. 20, 201, at the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport in eastern Pennsylvania, killing the pilot. (Alejando A. Alvarez/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)

AVOCA, Pa. (AP) — A small plane that was due to take part in an upcoming air show crashed shortly after takeoff at an airport in eastern Pennsylvania, killing the pilot.

Authorities say the crash at the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport occurred around 12:35 p.m. Friday.

The pilot was identified as Andy Travnicek of Hampton, New Hampshire.

The 50-year-old commercial airline pilot and Air Force veteran was the only person on board.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

The plane was part of the GEICO Skytypers team scheduled to perform at the Great Pocono Raceway Airshow on Saturday.

Pocono Raceway expressed “deepest condolences” to the pilot’s family and said the show would go on.

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